R&D Electrical Engineer 1/2 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

R&D Electrical Engineer 1/2

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or 2 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 Accelerator Operations and Technology Division is seeking an R&D Engineer 1 / 2 for the Accelerator Operations Group.

The successful candidate will work on the Protective Systems Team, which is primarily responsible for personnel access, machine protection, and radiation safety systems on site.

You will work in a team environment and participate in activities that span from maintenance and upgrades of current systems, to installation of future protective systems. Your activities on any given workday will vary between troubleshooting and maintaining existing systems, generating/modifying electrical schematics, designing/installing new systems, assisting with procedural checks, and working with other team members.

R&D Engineer 1 ($87,200 - $142,500)

The successful candidate will be required to:

• Provide maintenance and design support for major personnel and equipment protection systems and alarms at the LANSCE Accelerator Facility.

• Participate in the design, testing, implementation and documentation (including drawings and schematics) of new protective systems, as well as modernization of legacy systems.

• Actively design and troubleshoot a wide variety of digital, analog, and mixed signal devices. This may include working with PLCs, FGPAs, microcontrollers, interface circuitry, PCB layout, and enclosure design.

• Complete a formal training certification program and participate in rotating on-call schedule, which will involve after hours and weekend call-ins when required.

• Work closely with technicians and engineers from our own and other maintenance support teams across the facility.

• Participate in team system installation activities, which can include working outdoors and ladder climbing. Occasionally work in radiation/contamination areas.

R&D Engineer 2 ($96,100 - $159,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 2 will be required to:

• Take the lead in designing, testing, fabrication, and installation of R&D projects. Will include schedule development, cost estimates, and project status reports.

• Effectively collaborate designs with internal and external colleagues at the team, group, division, and laboratory levels.

• Provide technical leadership and mentoring to team members.

• Produce materials for technical reports, documents (including drawings and schematics), and presentations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Design experience as an electrical engineer in both analog and digital circuitry.
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting analog and digital systems using a variety of equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM's, function generators, etc.).
  • Ability to read and interpret detailed drawings, schematics, and wiring diagrams.
  • Experience with a variety of programming languages, such as C/C++, Verilog/VHDL, ladder logic, etc.
  • Familiarity with bare metal FPGA and microcontroller development.
  • Experience with a major CAD or ECAD Program (AutoCad, Mentor Graphics, Altium Designer, etc.).
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2: 
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 2 level requires:
  • Experience providing technical direction to technologists, technicians, and junior engineers.
  • Experience in writing and reviewing technical documents such as system operating/testing procedures and engineering design changes.
  • Demonstrated mixed signal design work, preferably incorporating bare metal FPGAs and/or microcontrollers into custom PCBs.

Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 1: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited institution related to the occupation. Up to 2 years of related experience may be desired.

Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 2: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical 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.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Extensive PLC experience, including formal training in Allen-Bradley networks, ladder logic, and PanelView configuration.
  • Experience in relay-based interlock system design.
  • Experience with PCB layout, sourcing, fabrication, and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to translate electronic design projects to drawings and system/circuit description documents.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in electronic device life cycle. For example, initial requirement, simulation, prototype, testing, schematic, PCB layout, part sourcing, 3D fit and finish, acquisition and/or assembly of device, final installation, operational testing, technical documentation, and subsequent revisions/modifications.

Location: 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: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position.
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.

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