Space Instrument Mechanical Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Space Instrument Mechanical Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4)

What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Research and Development (R&D) Engineer 3 or 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.


The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division seeks highly experienced mechanical engineers to support cutting-edge science and technology programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. If you have a passion for designing, analyzing, building, and deploying instrumentation for space-based science and national-defense applications, LANL's Space Instrument Realization group may be a good fit for you.

The ideal candidate for this position will be experienced in all aspects of the design, development, analysis, testing, and integration of complex space-systems hardware. The candidate will be well-versed in computer aided design and analysis tools. This individual will come prepared to engineer systems with strict limits on size, weight, power, reliability, and radiation hardness; and for use in extreme thermal, vibration, and acoustic environments.

In addition to designing complex systems for challenging environments, the selected candidate will be capable of working with cross-disciplined, engineering, and scientific team members within a challenging engineering and regulatory framework. Experience with nuclear facility hazard/accident analysis and safety basis development is strongly preferred.

R&D Engineer 3 ($115,500-$194,900)
This position requires at least a master's degree in engineering from an accredited college or university, and at least six years of related experience. The candidate will be a skilled professional with expertise spanning multiple engineering disciplines. He or she will be expected to lead research and design initiatives with minimal oversight, workshop and troubleshoot designs in a collaborative environment, and present the results of design and analysis both to the team and to the program sponsor. The candidate must be able to quickly get up to speed on designs already in work, assume ownership of components, and devise creative solutions to challenging engineering problems.

R&D Engineer 4 ($138,700-$240,500)
In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, the R&D Engineer 4 will lead mechanical engineering efforts on the program and will assist project and program leadership with strategic decision-making. This candidate will interact regularly with program sponsors, including briefing government representatives on time-sensitive and complex national security initiatives.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering

  • Industry-leading knowledge of techniques and best practices of mechanical design and analysis, including structural and thermal (acceleration, strain, displacement, pressure, temperature, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to relate experimental data to instrument functionality and survivability
  • Proficiency setting up, running, debugging, and analyzing results of finite element analysis for structural and thermal applications
  • Experience with computer aided design and analysis tools

Teaming and Communication

  • Strong documentation skills: demonstrated ability to document technical results of design and analysis in a formal method or format
  • Leadership experience in a teaming/collaborative environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and exceptionally strong presentation skills

Safety and Security

  • Strong commitment to safety, security, environment and quality
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a Q/SCI clearance

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 4:
In addition to the qualifications listed above, the R&D Engineer 4 will be required to have at least 12 years of experience in the aerospace/space or nuclear industries. The R&D Engineer 4 is expected to be an industry-leading expert in mechanical analysis including, but not limited to, static structural, static and transient thermal, and explicit dynamics (drop/thermal). In addition to mechanical engineering expertise, the ideal candidate will have experience working in DOE nuclear facilities and will have a strong focus on safety basis documentation development and implementation.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a master's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or similar and at least six years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Advanced degree and/or experience in a related area are welcome.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a master's degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or similar and twelve years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Advanced degree and/or additional experience in a related area are welcome.




Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Hands-on familiarity with the ANSYS suite of tools, as well as CREO and Windchill
  • Knowledge and understanding of safety basis principles and practices
  • Experience with nuclear facility engineering policies, programs, procedures, and practices
  • Thorough knowledge/experience with performing risk and hazard analyses
  • Hands on experience with environmental testing including thermal, vibration, and shock for space-based subsystems and assemblies, and familiarity with related NASA and MIL standards
  • Knowledge of PLM software for CAD data management (preferably PTC Windchill)
  • Ability and willingness to travel, occasionally on short notice
  • Professional Engineering license
  • Active Q /SCI clearance

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 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.

Clearance: Q/SCI(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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time