R&D Engineer 3/4 (W88 Systems Engineer )

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 3 or R&D Engineer 4 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.

Weapon system engineers are called upon to provide expertise to ensure the safety, reliability, and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile for the entire weapon life cycle. The selected candidate will serve as a systems engineer within the W88 Systems Engineering Group. This position will require regular interactions with other national laboratories and production agencies (PA), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and their contractors. All W88 systems engineers will professionally collaborate with others throughout the group, division, laboratory, and Nuclear Weapons Complex, to resolve complex technical and programmatic issues associated with the warhead while encouraging learning, teaming, mutual respect, and excellence at all levels.

R&D Engineer 3 ($115,500 - $194,900)

Responsibilities will include leading and supporting W88 system studies, managing and directing product definition and specification maintenance, and overseeing activities in support of the W88 annual assessment-such as surveillance data reviews and anomalous finding investigations.

R&D Engineer 4 ($138,700 - $240,500)

In addition to what was described at the R&D Engineer 3 level, at the R&D Engineer 4 level you will be expected to work with program and line management to develop and execute strategic plans aimed at improving overall engineering capabilities for the group. Serve as a technical mentor to early- and mid-career staff and represent line and/or program management to external stakeholders as needed.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

System Engineering/Operational Experience: Previous system engineering and/or operational experience is required. Direct experience with one or more of the following:

• Component development, fabrication, and production

• Developing system- through component-level requirements and assuring adherence to requirements

• Component- or system-level surveillance activities

• Thorough experience with engineering authorization and document management systems

• Project leadership experience with clearly defined deliverables and milestones

Organization & Timeliness: Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities

Communication: Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

Collaboration and Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with multi-faceted personnel including internal and external customers, as well as experience with conflict resolution

Demonstrated ability to work with nominal supervision, as well as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment, and to interact effectively with a variety of organizations

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 4

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 4 level requires:

• Advanced knowledge of systems engineering and requirements management principles and processes

• Advanced knowledge and experience with product design engineering phases to include Development Engineering (Conceptual and Baseline Design) and Production Engineering

• Exceptional skills demonstrated in the following areas: problem solving, conflict resolution, and customer and stakeholder interactions


R&D Engineer 3: 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.

R&D Engineer 4: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with nuclear weapon design and product realization

• Experience with assembly practices, modeling, or analysis tools

• An advanced degree in engineering or applicable science field

• Ability to read and interpret engineering design drawings and effectively apply fundamental problem analysis

• Demonstrated experience interacting with customers

• Seasoned experience interacting with and presenting to senior-level management and customers

• Project management training and/or prior experience with planning, executing, and completing complex activities within scope, schedule, and budget

• Active Q Clearance, or the ability to obtain an Active Q Clearance

Note to Applicants:

• For full consideration, submit a resume/CV and detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills outlined above. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

• A frequent amount of travel may be required due to programmatic complexity and frequent interactions with various National Security Enterprise (NSE) PAs, NNSA and United States Navy customers.


This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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 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 505-664-6947 option 2.