Post Bachelors Student

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a technically excellent and highly motivated Post-Bachelor's student to work alongside a Systems Controls Specialist on instrumentation and controls for high power systems that drive some of the world's strongest magnets. The work is a mixture of installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of high-voltage, high-current electrical systems and large electrical energy storage systems. Major infrastructure includes the LANL 1430 MVA generator, capacitor banks, high power converters, bus work among subsystems, and control systems that orchestrate the whole operation. Voltages up to 24 kV, converters current up to 20 kA, and stored electrical energy up to 630 MJ occur at different stages in our facility, therefore a major component of this job is ensuring safe operations for everyone involved. Excellent quality and attention to detail in this work is essential to ensure scientific success and safe operation of experiments to avoid high consequence failures. The selected candidates will support scientific users of our facility from around the world in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential.

Key activities include:
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair electrical control systems, electrical power delivery, energy storage systems and control circuits and instrumentation.
  • Work directly with the Systems Controls Specialist to develop and implement new and existing control strategies per best practices and standards.
  • Identify, track, and report maintenance and repairs; and maintain inventory of controls and electrical operating equipment and spares. Work independently from single-line diagrams to run cables and make wire terminations of complex electrical and control circuits.
  • Design and install printed circuit boards, various circuits and components, instrumentation, and controls (I&C) systems, and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience with hands-on technical work, for example, electrical equipment installation or repair, wiring, calibration of equipment, electronics, computer networks.
  • Experience designing schematics, implementing and troubleshooting relay logic.
  • Experience in metering and testing equipment (for example, multimeters, megohmmeters ("IR"), and oscilloscope).
  • Ability to accurately document technical work to support systematic facility record keeping.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries, investigate, and resolve operational issues and coordinates work with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to plan and prepare work scope from verbal and written instructions and specifications.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in any edition of AVEVA's InTouch Wonderware SCADA platform.
  • Perform Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Programming.
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting and diagnosing problems with complex systems and ability to propose creative solutions.
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time.

Education:

Bachelor's degree in computer science or similar field granted within the last two years.

Location:

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Where You Will Work

Located in Northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. 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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

Incentive Compensation Program: For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page: https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/index.php

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.

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