Post Bachelors ST

What You Will Do

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group (C-NR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a creative and motivated post bachelors engineer to support the Nuclear Chemistry and Spectrometry Team. The team is responsible for the radiometric analysis of samples in support of national security and institutional programs, as well as research work in the areas of non-proliferation, radiochemistry, and nuclear physics. For these missions, the team utilizes a wide variety of gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, and beta counting systems, many with automated sample changing. Over the last several years, many legacy counting systems have been modernized to some extent, but additional updates are needed while new systems must be designed to support various R&D efforts and meet growing operational needs. The selected candidate will focus on modernization and new development of custom control system hardware and software, primarily for beta and gamma counting systems. Software applications typically control detector operations and data acquisition hardware, schedule counting jobs, and operate sample changers and other automation. The scope of work also includes interfacing counting systems with the online Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and developing web-based functionalities for end-users.

The successful candidate will:
  • Apply multidisciplinary skills to design and program automated electro-mechanical systems (i.e. perform mechatronic system design)
  • Execute multiple aspects of the system design lifecycle including requirements generation, software development, fabrication and installation, testing and integration, and maintenance
  • Properly document design work and software and create installation and user guides
  • As needed, assist with counting system operations and nuclear detector development

The Post-Baccalaureate category offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in the UGS program after graduation. This category applies to those interns who have been awarded a bachelor's degree within the past three years but have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program. Post-baccalaureate interns may remain in this category for up to two years.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Background in a mechatronic-related area: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and/or computer science
  • Experience performing various aspects of the engineering/system design process
  • Experience developing custom software applications for automated electromechanical systems and/or computer-based data acquisition systems
  • Development and/or system administration on Linux or Windows systems
  • Experience programming in C/C++ and Python
  • Familiarity with device communication protocols and handling signals for analog and digital I/O
  • Ability to conduct work independently and on a small team
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship

Education and Experience:

Awarded a Bachelors Degree in engineering, computer science, or a related field from an accredited institution with a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 within the last three years and have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience using electronic test equipment and troubleshooting electronics
  • Experience building/fabricating electrical assemblies and/or mechanical systems
  • Experience with software version control
  • User interface development experience
  • Web development on the client-side and/or server-side
  • Experience with engineering design software or electrical design and simulation software
  • Experience working in a nuclear environment and/or operating nuclear instrumentation
  • Active DOE Q clearance

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 (PTO 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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.
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