Radiation Detection R&D Engineer 2 / 3 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Radiation Detection R&D Engineer 2 / 3

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2 or R&D Engineer 3 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.

The International Threat Reduction Group (NEN-3) is seeking a Radiation Detection R&D Engineer to join our mission-focused team. Our diverse workforce enjoys a shared work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. NEN-3 applies expertise in nuclear and radiological material and commodities detection, packaging, international training and consultation, modeling, and simulation to reduce nuclear proliferation and enhance global security in a changing threat environment.

The successful candidate will support the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Implementation and Sustainability programs and the NSDD Science and Engineering Team. A key component of this job is the collaboration with technical colleagues from foreign governments and international institutions such as the IAEA as part of the programmatic efforts to contribute to the scientific and/or operational expertise needed to strengthen capabilities to detect, disrupt, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials. Travel is required both domestically and internationally, potentially monthly if not more often, and is often to less than desirable locations where conditions may be considerably less comfortable than those typically found in fully developed nations.

In addition, there will be opportunities to gain experience and develop skills that support other areas within NEN-3. The group has ongoing work in nuclear materials management, strategic trade controls, and software development addressing global security problems.

Duties will include all or some, but are not limited to the following:
  • Design, development, evaluation, and/or optimization of radiation detection systems as well as detection and identification algorithms.
  • Development of other technical solutions to counter nuclear smuggling challenges, including development of software tools, operating procedures, technical procedures or integrating other types of detectors and sensors with radiation or other detection systems.
  • Implementation of radiation detection systems and deployment of radiation detection technology, nuclear security detection architecture design, equipment testing and acceptance recommendation, and performing maintenance on radiation detection equipment.
  • Collaboration with technical colleagues from foreign governments and international institutions such as the IAEA as part of the programmatic efforts to contribute to the scientific and/or operational expertise needed to strengthen capabilities to detect, disrupt, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials.
  • Tasks associated with sustainability of deployed radiation detection systems, including training operators and maintenance personnel, working with foreign government personnel to integrate systems into their agencies, and managing maintenance contracts.
  • Managing and leading the development, execution and close out of NSDD tabletop exercises (TTX) and field training exercises (FTX) within the approved scope, schedule and budget.
  • Developing training plans; this may include working with agencies in foreign countries to develop training plans for nuclear security detection efforts.

Additional Job Duties for R&D Engineer 3
  • Development of NSDD Science and Engineering Team task agreements for the evaluation and testing of radiation detection technology/equipment.
  • Development of new and innovative concepts and approaches to address specific problems in NSDD.
  • Mentoring of junior staff and students.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


R&D Engineer 2 ($94,100.00 - $155,700.00)

Technical Knowledge
  • Broad understanding of radiation detection equipment and/or active and passive detection systems or other security/detection equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with, implementing, and/or sustaining radiation detection equipment or other similar security/detection equipment.
  • Experience working within established safety and quality controls for moderate to high hazard activities.

Collaboration
  • Ability to collaborate and interact effectively with a wide range of personnel. Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks.
  • 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.

Communication
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to train domestic or foreign personnel in the operation or maintenance of a radiation detection system through a combination of classroom learning and/or hands-on exercises.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3 ($113,100.00 - $190,900.00):

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Technical Knowledge
  • Demonstrated experience with radiation detectors used to detect material in transit or radiation-based measurement of special nuclear material.
  • Demonstrated experience working with, implementing and/or sustaining radiation detection equipment and systems.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with radiation detection systems.

Collaboration
  • Ability to contribute to the development of foreign governments' abilities to implement and maintain radiation detection systems and respond to incidents involving material outside of regulatory control.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a range of levels of internal and external personnel.

Technical Leadership
  • 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.
  • Experience in project leadership and the ability to develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, as well as manage cost and budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior staff and students as they develop as researchers.

Education/Experience for R&D Engineer 2:

Position requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience for R&D Engineer 3:

Position requires a Master's degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience designing and developing new radiation detection systems for special nuclear material.
  • Experience developing and/or evaluating radiation detection and identification algorithms.
  • Experience developing and/or utilizing modeling and simulation tools used to predict radiation detector performance.
  • Demonstrated understanding of IAEA nuclear security systems and measures concepts and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Systems engineering concepts and applications.
    • Sensors and their application such as unattended ground sensors.
    • Imaging analysis and probability modeling.
    • Anti-smuggling and/or nonproliferation operations.
  • Experience developing training materials for the operation and/or maintenance of equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting training with foreign government civilian and/or military personnel on operations and/or equipment use.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well across organizations within the USG (civilian or military).
  • Experience working with law enforcement agencies or other security services.
  • Experience conducting border security operations with civilian and/or military organizations.
  • 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 1 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