Space Date Processing Post-Baccalaureate Student | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Space Date Processing Post-Baccalaureate Student

What You Will Do

Are you passionate about contributing to a high functioning, interdisciplinary team to address the challenging issues of national interest? We are seeking a creative and highly motivated post-Baccalaureate to join our collaborative and dynamic team! The applicant will work on a portfolio of exciting, challenging, and cutting-edge scientific and national security space missions. The Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) is an integral part of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division and is central to all Los Alamos space projects through its core capabilities in software development, mission operations, data exploitation, machine learning, data systems development, and integration.

The successful candidate will become a member of ISR-3 and be assigned to the Data Processing Management & Products team. This team provides support for ground-based processing of spacecraft and instrument telemetry. The successful candidate will work regularly in a classified setting and must demonstrate a strong commitment towards security. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with good communication, documentation, and teamwork skills.

The ISR Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for over 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral CubeSat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing.



What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Programming Experience: Experience with Python
  • Operating System Experience: Experience with Unix/Linux Operating system
  • Version Control Experience: Experience with one of the following version control systems: SVN, git, or mercurial
  • Collaboration/Teaming: Demonstrated ability to work closely with teams. Must be able to build and maintain effective relationships
  • Communication: Strong written and verbal and presentation skills.
  • Education/Experience Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, equivalent science degree or B.S. in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent engineering degree. eligibility limited to students who have completed a bachelor's degree within the past 3 years, but have not been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program. The bachelor's degree should have been completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.


Desired Qualifications:

In addition to the requirements above, the following skills and attributes are desired.
  • Programming experience with C/C++
  • Experience with satellite sensors and programs
  • Experience developing scientific algorithms
  • Experience developing formalized unit and/or integration test software
  • Active "Q" Clearance
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Local alternate work locations and/or schedules may be available, depending on available staffing.
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The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory students working on-site and students coming on-site, as well as any students coming on-site for any reason; unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants must include a cover letter detailing how they meet the minimum requirements of the position. This position may require travel.
Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. 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.

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