Software Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Software Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2)

What You Will Do


Accelorator Operations & Technology Division - Instrumentations & Controls Group (AOT-IC) is actively seeking a bright, curious, and creative software engineer to help develop new software solutions, enhance software performance, support program functionality, and champion the reliability of our systems.

Joining Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL) AOT Division, Instrumentation and Controls Group (AOT-IC) you will work collaboratively with our Scientists and Engineers to maintain, support, and improve software systems critical to the safe and reliable operation of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator complex.

Your responsibilities will include analyzing and solving problems associated with the software, hardware, applications, operating systems, and all other aspects of a modern production controls system environment.

As a full-time staff engineer (scientist), you will work in a highly dynamic and collaborative environment and will be evaluated on both the quality of your work and on how well it integrates into the success of simultaneous projects around LANSCE.

To support these goals LANL and AOT-IC offer flexible schedules and numerous career development opportunities. Our collegial work environment includes active mentorship, opportunities to learn new technologies and the chance to lead projects.

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1/2 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.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:


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

You will use your software engineering expertise to assist in developing new capabilities to the accelerator complex. You will work collaboratively to develop technical approaches to solve engineering challenges. You will have opportunities to work on specific projects involving more than one person and assist in setting scope, schedule and budget to meet the needs of a world-class science facility.
  • Knowledge of text-based, compiled languages such as C, C++, Java, and/or Assembly.
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as bash, Python, Tcl/Tk, and/or Perl.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt quickly in a dynamic environment.

Education/Experience Level 1: Position requires a minimum of aBachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

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

You will use your software engineering expertise to provide new capabilities to the accelerator complex. You will work autonomously to develop your own technical approaches to solving engineering challenges. You will have opportunities to lead specific projects involving more than one person and set scope, schedule and budget to meet the needs of a world class science facility.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires four or more of the following:
  • Knowledge of software build processes, makefiles, and software revision control.
  • Knowledge of troubleshooting and debugging software tools and techniques.
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and control systems.
  • Familiarity with the GNU/Linux open-source family of software development tools.
  • Knowledge of EPICS (the Experimental Physics Industrial Control System).
  • Ability to develop software for embedded systems.
  • Knowledge of programming with LabVIEW.
  • Experience with SQL and relational databases.
  • Linux system administration experience.
  • Ability to develop and maintain technical documentation.
  • Experience working as a member of a project team.
  • Education/Experience for Level 2: Position requires a minimum of 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.

We invite you to apply for any role with AOT-IC that inspires you and look forward to discussing your future at LANL.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

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:

Applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the job requirements of the position.

Physical Job Requirements: Reading Vision, Sitting, Standing, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, Typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds, working in widely ranging ambient temperatures, working overtime or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and work near machinery with moving parts.
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.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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