R&D Engineer 2/3

What You Will Do


This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).

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

We are seeking a candidate with strong programming skills and experience with experimental test data to join the Test Engineering Data Analysis team. Our mission is to integrate measurement data and employ those data to provide accurate, timely, data-driven products in support of the annual assessment, stockpile modernization, and other national security missions. The team develops and maintains the Echo data analysis software package, which is an object-oriented, MATLAB-based analysis environment that serves as our primary tool to execute our test data analysis mission.

Our team collaborates closely with engineers and scientists collecting experimental data--especially mechanical, thermal, and blast test data. We are the first consumers of those data, converting data from disparate acquisition formats into a standard format archived in a central repository. We then analyze data, producing figures, tables, and reports, assessing whether a given test met its objectives and interrogating the data to understand the response of our systems better.

R&D Engineer 2 $99,200 - $164,100

At the R&D Engineer 2 level, you will distill data, aggregate information, and deliver reproducible analysis products with a clearly traceable history. You will perform data quality reviews and ensure that all collected data is readily available in a central repository, while continuously contributing to a collaborative code base of data analysis tools. You will be required to work with system and test engineers to develop experimental plans and test environments, apply your own application expertise to provide solutions for both directed and exploratory data analysis questions, and conduct peer review of other analysts' results.

R&D Engineer 3 $119,200 - $201,100

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at the R&D Engineer 3 level you will be required to provide technical leadership to members of an analysis team, interface with customers, and engage in strategic planning to pursue new streams of relevant data.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering Expertise

Familiarity with one or more of the following subjects: signal processing, programming, time and frequency domain analysis, or statistical analysis.

Communication and Teamwork

Demonstrated, successful experience working in an integrated team environment; ability to manage multiple tasks in an environment of shifting priorities; strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel and external customers.

Data Analysis Experience

Application experience analyzing test data (especially multi-dimensional test data).

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3:

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

Engineering ExpertiseDemonstrated experience with algorithms development and commensurate experience with applied computing to process, analyze, and interpret data; demonstrated experience with management of large data sets; demonstrated expertise in digital signal processing through work experience or record of publication.

Technical Leadership
Demonstrated experience leading analysis team efforts and working with customers and other stakeholders to define analysis tasks and plan deliverables.

Education/Experience at lower level: 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 at higher level: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degrees in engineering or similar technical fields are preferred.
  • Experience with the MATLAB environment is strongly desirable; experience with object-oriented programming; experience with version control systems (e.g. Git)
  • Experience specifying data acquisition equipment or instrumentation requirements.
  • Experience with data science and data management
  • Experience with modeling and simulation
  • Experience with structural analysis, specifically structural dynamics
  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile
  • Active 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.

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 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.

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.

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, 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 1-505-664-6947 option 2 and then option 3.