R&D Engineer 3

What You Will Do

The Product Engineering group in PT-5 consists of a multidisciplinary group of engineers and scientists that supports plutonium programs across the entire Pit Technologies (PT) Division; support includes production and manufacturing, pit surveillance, research & development, and sub-critical experiments. The primary role of product engineering is to provide configuration management to the suite of PT programmatic missions from development through production.

For this position, you will primarily provide support for our Process Materials team, a key responsibility of the PT-5 Product Engineering group. This position will require knowledge and management of production material selection and development to ensure materials needed for plutonium pit production are procured timely to the appropriate quality level. Applicants should have experience in identifying and testing critical material characteristics to certify items used in production. In addition to managing process materials, this role will also support pit production as a product engineer on one of the following teams: Pyrochemistry, Casting, Machining, Assembly, and Inspection.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Collaboration/Teaming & Communication: Demonstrated ability to accomplish technical tasks while working independently, as well as in a team environment, and ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel to build trust, gain consensus, and resolve conflicts. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills. Experience working with quality engineers to ensure materials meet procurement quality requirements is desired.

Engineering: Demonstrated/thorough/advanced knowledge of and experience in engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, nuclear, chemical, or industrial.

Manufacturing: Experience working in production or manufacturing, nuclear experience is preferred.

Initiative & Work Ethic: Willingness and enthusiasm to take initiative and learn in a highly supportive environment. Proactive in asking questions to learn and perform work. Demonstrated use of adaptive, creative, and collaborative approaches to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and handle uncertainty. Passion for the work and the mission.

Quality Knowledge: Demonstrated/thorough knowledge of, and experience in, conducting troubleshooting, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting quality assurance using processes such as root cause analysis or others. Provide thorough and accurate documentation of technical and/or statistical reports and ensure quality assurance compliance.

Quality Standards: Demonstrated/thorough knowledge of and experience using national consensus standards of quality assurance, such as ASME, ISO, IPC, ANSI/ASME, AS9100, NQA-1, and NAP 401.1A, etc. Thorough/advanced knowledge creating processes and procedures for use by internal or external personnel.

Education and Experience: 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.

DOE Order 426.2: Requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or a related science, 2 years of job-related experience, and 1 year of nuclear experience; this can be obtained through the 1-year onsite NET (New Employee Training) Academy.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge or experience working in a manufacturing or production organization requiring implementation of defined manufacturing, testing, and quality requirements. Knowledge and experience with system and subsystem qualification testing and/or analysis. Demonstrated knowledge of the Conduct of Operations. Existing DOE "Q" clearance (or similar). Other desired qualifications include, but are not limited to:
  • Interdisciplinary project experience with varied technical backgrounds within a group
  • Willingness to take initiative on new tasks or projects.
  • Design to manufacturing experience.
  • Technical writing consisting of project proposals, technical research, and summary presentations.
  • Materials Selection/Design
  • Project Management Techniques
  • Maintainability/Reliability Certification
  • Supply Chain Management/Experience
  • Quality procurement of materials
  • Compensatory Action Plans
  • Experience with weapons procurement policy documents (NAP 401.1A) or equivalent.

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz), sitting, standing, walking, reading, vision, typing or keyboarding, lifting 5-10 pounds, carrying 5-10 pounds.

Work Environment:

Day-to-day activities take place in an office environment though candidates would need the ability to work near sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and the ability to wear protective clothing as necessary.

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.

Note to Applicants:

For Full Consideration: Applicants must include a resume with a detailed cover letter that addresses all the minimum requirements of the position; any additional desired requirements should also be addressed.
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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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.

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 505-664-6947 option 2.