Software Systems Engineer (Scientist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Software Systems Engineer (Scientist 2/3)

What You Will Do

Join our team at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)! Now is your chance to make a difference in supporting our national security mission. At LANL, we solve national security challenges through scientific, technological, and engineering excellence. The Weapons Research Services (WRS) Division's Weapons Mission Technology (WMT) group is seeking a computer scientist who will research, analyze, design, develop, implement, and manage systems for LANL's Weapons mission software suite of tools and technologies. If you have the drive, intellect, and skill sets discussed below, we look forward to your application.

Scientist 2 ($96,100-$159,000)

As a Scientist 2, you will support LANL's Weapons mission software toolsets, it is necessary to develop creative and innovative software solutions with a focus on large records collections to enable scientists and engineers to easily locate, analyze, and take action on the data across a full array of systems. The WMT group is tasked with customizing, configuring, and maintaining large-scale implementations of product lifecycle and content management software packages. As part of the team, you will collaborate to analyze and identify user requirements, determine system features and functionality, perform system testing, verification, validation, and implement the software solutions necessary to support the mission and advance the capabilities of the programs, in accordance and while adhering to scientific and information technology policies, programs, procedures and practices.

Scientist 3 ($115,500-$194,900)

In addition to what was outlined in the Scientist 2 position, additional duties will include providing leadership for complex technical projects, mentoring team members, and managing the integrations of developed solutions into production. Leadership activities will include collaborations with external DOE partners, guidance on new software features and emerging technologies, and presenting topics at national technical conferences and workshops.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge:

For this role, you will need knowledge and experience in computer programming including the ability to write, build, and deploy in standard programming languages, such as, Java, C, and/or Python. This includes a thorough understanding of principles of scientific integrity. You must have the ability to maintain state-of-the-art technical expertise and knowledge within discipline, and develop new skills in related disciplines.

Software Development:

The position will require experience in the software development and sustainment lifecycle to include design, development, modification, testing, debugging, evaluation of software to meet technical and functional requirements, maintenance, and decommissioning of software. Experience contributing to the development of technical standards.

Software Engineering:

You will need knowledge of software engineering, research, design, and development methodologies, tools and processes, including software development methodology framework, source code control, application development tools and techniques, database design, development and management, programming languages, and component integration. Experience with customizing Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) applications and configuring graphical user interfaces (GUI).

Systems Engineering:

This position requires knowledge and experience with hardware and operating systems including system architectures, network infrastructures, and client server principles.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

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


You will need experience leading technical decision-making at the task level within a project, making decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives, and the ability to mentor junior staff.


Scientist 2 level: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Scientist 3 level: Position requires a Master's degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and six (6) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position.

Desired Qualifications:


Experience in administration, configuration, and customization in one or more of the following COTS software packages: PTC Windchill PDMLink, PTC Creo Parametric, IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Classic or DOORS Next Generation, OpenText Documentum, QuarkXPress, MarkLogic, and/or Panopto.

Product Management:

Working knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Product Data Management (PDM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Data Management (MPM), Configuration Management, Content Management, and/or Requirements Management. Working knowledge with Mechanical Computer-Aided Design (MCAD) and/or Electrical Computer-Aided Design (ECAD) tools.

Databases and Languages:

Experience in one or more of the following databases: Mongo, Oracle, MySQL/MariaDB, NoSQL, PostGresSQL, ElasicSearch, M$SQL Server, SQLLiteetc. Experience in one or more of the following scripting languages: Perl, Bash, Javascript, and/or markup languages: HTML, XML, JSON, CSS. Working knowledge of Application Program Interface (API) frameworks and/or REST services. Familiarity with Unified Modeling Language (UML) and/or Systems Modeling Language (SysML).


This position requires the ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how you meet the minimum job requirements, and any of the desired requirements of the position. You do not have to meet all of the desired qualifications in order to apply for the position.

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.
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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment StatusFull Time