Nuclear Arms Control Researcher (R&D Engineer 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nuclear Arms Control Researcher (R&D Engineer 4)

What You Will Do

Do you want to help make the world a safer place while solving challenging technical problems? The Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation (NEN) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is currently seeking candidates for multiple positions as Arms Control Researchers. You'll use your creative technical skills to develop new ideas and approaches for arms control and treaty verification.

The successful candidate will also support other mission areas within NEN Division. NEN works to detect and prevent the illicit development or use of nuclear weapons and improvised nuclear devices; works to reduce and limit nuclear arms and the spread of nuclear and radioactive materials, technology, and expertise; provides the capability and conducts critical, subcritical experiments, and performs fundamental physics measurements to develop and maintain the Nation's nuclear safety and security expertise; and conducts research and development that supports the nation's energy security

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Proposing and developing new ideas for warhead verification and broader arms control treaty monitoring.
  • Technical work in one or more of the following areas:

o radiation detection approaches,

o information protection,

o nuclear systems risk assessment,

o facility monitoring, and

o integration, evaluation, and optimization of monitoring, surveillance, or sensor systems or data streams.
  • Evaluation, demonstration, and assessment of new approaches to treaty monitoring.
  • Development of technical capabilities to support arms control and treaty verification.
  • Mentorship of students, postdocs, and junior staff as well as senior staff new to arms control.
  • Leadership of projects both at LANL and in multi-laboratory collaborations

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge
  • Minimum 12 years of experience doing technical work that could be relevant to arms control and treaty and agreement verification topics.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

o radiation detection approaches,

o information protection,

o nuclear systems risk assessment,

o facility monitoring, and

o integration, evaluation, and optimization of monitoring, surveillance, or sensor systems or data streams.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing, sustaining, and developing technical work relevant to arms control.
  • Demonstrated interest in arms control and treaty and agreement verification topics.

Collaboration
  • Ability to collaborate and interact effectively with a wide range of personnel
  • An ability to work independently to identify, analyze, develop and implement creative and innovative solutions in planning and completing projects with conflicting and often changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-institutional collaborations.
  • Demonstrated experience working with all levels of internal and external personnel on cross-disciplinary problems.
  • Demonstrated experience building multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience working with foreign partners.

Communication
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively with non-technical personnel.

Technical Leadership
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical input to policymakers.
  • Demonstrated experience developing innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, techniques, and approaches to address specialized problems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical decision-making at task level within a project; making decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior staff and students as they develop as researchers

Education/Experience

Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

DOE Clearance

This position requires a DOE Q clearance. The candidate must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Advanced experience developing radiation detection systems.
  • Advanced experience developing and/or evaluating radiation detection and identification algorithms.
  • Advanced experience in data collection, processing, and analysis.
  • Advanced experience developing and/or utilizing modeling and simulation tools.
  • Advanced experience in project leadership and the ability to develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, as well as manage cost and budget.
  • Experience working within established safety and quality controls for moderate to high hazard activities.
  • Active Q Clearance
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is one year.

Note to Applicants:

Along with your resume, you must submit a cover letter addressing all job requirements.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time