Space Instrument Development and Fabrication Tec 5 (Development and Fabrication Tec 5)

What You Will Do

We are seeking a Space Instrument Engineering Technician 5 to join our collaborative and dynamic team! The ideal candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, and a proficient multitasker with a strong desire and capacity to learn. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR-5) provides engineering and technical expertise to develop and deploy high-quality, innovative measurement systems to space for national security applications and NASA missions. ISR-5 is composed of electrical and mechanical engineers, systems engineers, technicians, project control specialists, and technical project managers, all of whom engage on interdisciplinary, high performance project teams that span conceptual development to deployment.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air, and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years; including space-based measurement systems for verification of international nuclear treaties, basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness, and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Rovers at Mars, Van Allen Probes, IBEX, and the upcoming IMAP, NACHOS, and BeamPIE missions.

This position will support the Space-based Nuclear Detonation Detection (SNDD) portfolio, a critical component of the ISR portfolio; sponsors include DoD and NNSA, with mission partners across government and industry. The project team develops payloads from inception, design, and prototyping; through fabrication, assembly, test, and integration; to launch, commissioning, and operation.

As a Development and Fabrication Technician 5, you will routinely use the principles and theories of engineering, math and science to solve challenging technical problems in broad areas of research and development. On any given day, you may do one or more of the following:
  • Perform a wide variety of hands-on work in ISR laboratories including space instrument fabrication, assembly and test; maintaining equipment; reading electronic schematics; and troubleshooting as issues arise.
  • Collaborate with engineers, scientists, technicians, facility managers, project leaders, and program managers to brainstorm and implement innovative solutions to complex and challenging technical and operational problems.
  • Develop and use custom data acquisition systems based on, for example LabVIEW, Python, or C.
  • Use basic analog electronic skills such as reading and understanding schematics.
  • Operate bench top test equipment including oscilloscopes and signal generators.
  • Lead research initiatives impacting multiple projects across ISR such as outgassing studies for new materials deployed to space.
  • Collaboratively develop, deploy, and use customized Ground Support Equipment.
  • Participate in and contribute to technical and planning meetings.
  • Prepare component kits and documentation for ISR Fab Shop assembly and Q/A.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Communication & Teaming:
Demonstrated ability to contribute to effective, intellectually diverse teams and interact with colleagues with diverse professional, educational, and experience backgrounds. Effective written, oral, and presentation skills. High quality documentation skills. Ability to effectively communicate project requirements across a multi-disciplinary team. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Work Approach:
Enthusiastic willingness to learn in a highly supportive environment. Adaptive, creative, and collaborative approaches to solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and handling uncertainty. Effective use of soft skills and a persistence to navigate institutional systems and processes to meet goals in a timely manner. Collaborative and communicative style, proactive in asking questions to learn and perform work. This position offers a rich opportunity to both learn and teach.

Technical Experience:
Demonstrated knowledge of and exposure to the practice of engineering and science disciplines such as in a laboratory or experimental R&D environment. Demonstrated ability to quickly understand and use engineering and scientific principles, techniques, methods, and tools to enable the success of complex, high impact projects. Passion for learning and applying new skills and knowledge is important for this position.

Safety and security are the highest priority for executing work at Los Alamos. Candidate must have demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality.

Ability to learn and be mentored to complete job functions as part of a team and execute tasks independently. Ability to deliver products on schedule, adjusting as needed to changing priorities and project needs.

Position requires an Associate's Degree and 7 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with programming in one or more languages such as Python, LabVIEW, C, and/or Arduino ecosystem
  • Experience with specialized laboratory equipment used for development and test of instrumentation deployed to space, for example radiation sources, laser systems, ultraviolet light sources, high vacuum systems, and work in a clean room
  • Experience with reading electronic schematics
  • Basic photography and illustration skills as related to technical documentation

Work Environment:

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.
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.

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 or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2.