Nuclear Facility Engineer 3/4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nuclear Facility Engineer 3/4

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Nuclear Facility Engineer 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

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The Safety Basis Division (SB-DO) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develops and maintains Safety Basis documents for nuclear and high hazard facilities and applies a diverse set of nuclear facility engineering capabilities to provide innovative solutions to enable the Laboratory's scientific and national security mission. SB-DO is seeking several Nuclear Facility Engineers to support the Laboratory mission and lead their respective group to develop and maintain nuclear, non-nuclear facilities safety bases at LANL and Nevada. Nuclear facility engineers integrate with programmatic, operations, maintenance, document control, project management personnel to ensure safety basis nuclear facility requirements are met in a way that allows for safe and compliant accomplishment of LANL mission. Identifies and/or leads safety basis activities within nuclear and non-nuclear facilities.

Nuclear Facilities Engineer 3 ($115,500- $194,900)

Nuclear Facilities Engineer [Safety Basis Analyst] 3 will work with nuclear and non-nuclear facility systems and accepted methods for mitigation of risk from hazardous materials or facilities. Will perform hazard identification, hazard analysis, facility hazard categorization, accident analysis, and selection of controls. Development of associated Safety Basis documents including un-reviewed safety question determinations. Provides Department of Energy based nuclear and non-nuclear risk and hazard analyses for facilities, associated support equipment, and functional specifications and operations to control or eliminate hazards. Identifies the interrelationship of system safety basis requirements to facility design and process operations.

Nuclear Facilities Engineer 4 ($138,700- $240,500)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level Nuclear Facilities Engineer [Safety Basis Analyst] 4 will be required to lead and perform nuclear and non-nuclear risk and hazard analyses to ensure safe operation of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. Provides procedural direction for development and implementation of safety basis documentation. Lead and perform hazard identification; facility hazard categorization; accident analysis; selection of controls; and development of associated safety basis documents including unreviewed safety question determination; technical safety requirements, safety assessment documents, facility safety plans and analysis.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of safety basis principles and enforces nuclear facility engineering policies, programs, procedures, and practices
  • Thorough knowledge/experience with performing risk and hazard analyses
  • Viewed as subject matter expert within safety basis and/or nuclear facility engineering field at the Laboratory
  • Develops, designs, and implements institutional Safety Basis policies and procedures related to quality, data gathering, analysis, cause and corrective action determination and verification, and process improvement activities
  • Experience performing Unreviewed Safety Question Determination
  • Recognized as a contributing figure for safety basis nuclear facility issues, communicating with stakeholders across most areas of the project.
  • Spends the majority of time working on nuclear facility engineering issues associated with LANL or Nevada Hazard Category 2 and 3 nuclear facilities or accelerators.
  • Interprets, analyzes, and resolves conflicting Safety Basis technical/quality issues

Additional Job Requirements for Level 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Individual will lead and perform division level Safety Basis program and operational activities. Provides procedural direction for development and implementation of safety basis policy and procedures in support of the safety basis program.
  • Expert knowledge/experience with performing risk and hazard analyses
  • Develops and implements elements of 10CFR830 Subpart-A Nuclear Quality
  • Expert knowledge of multiple safety analysis code applications and capable of independently applying and interpreting the models and their results
  • Provides quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and requirements implementation support for Safety Basis Division
  • Develops, designs, and implements institutional Safety Basis policies and procedures related to quality, data gathering, analysis, cause and corrective action determination and verification, and process improvement activities
  • Provides direction for internal self-assessment and external management assessment for Safety Basis quality improvement of processes
  • Interprets, analyzes, and resolves conflicting Safety Basis technical/quality issues
  • Supports and implements software quality requirements for applicable Safety Basis codes per DOE and laboratory standards
  • Develops audits, assessment scheduling processes that support Safety Basis Division and programmatic requirements
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Applies broad and in-depth knowledge of safety basis principles and practices in the preparation of Nuclear Safety Program deliverables.

Education/Experience required for Nuclear Facilities Engineer 3:

Position requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 6 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

Education/Experience required for Nuclear Facilities Engineer 4:

Position requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 12 years of practical work experience necessary to perform the responsibilities outlined above. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired.

  • This position may be subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job. DOE 426.2 requires a BS degree, 2 years job related experience and 1 year non-reactor nuclear experience for technical support personnel who perform work independently at nuclear facilities.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Quality Assurance skills
  • Audits/Assessments experience
  • Knowledge/experience in Causal Analysis


Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM with the flexibility for the selected candidate to work from a location other than the primary location. Reporting onsite will be periodically required. Remote is at the discretion of management and can change at any time with appropriate notice.

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 1 year.
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 maternity 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.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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