Space Remote Sensing and Data Science Post-Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Student | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Space Remote Sensing and Data Science Post-Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Student

What You Will Do

Are you looking for an opportunity to become a contributing member of a high functioning, interdisciplinary team, addressing challenging issues of national interest? Come join the brightest minds at the most innovative R&D facility supporting our national security! ISR-6 is Los Alamos National Laboratory's Space Remote Sensing and Data Science Group in the Intelligence and Space Research Division (ISR). ISR-6 is currently searching for multiple, high-performing, engineering post-bac students who want to make an immediate difference to national security.

We are looking for Engineering Post-Bac Students with real-world experience in a research environment, a strong academic base, and desire to work with and learn from some of the best in the world. To qualify, you should have prior lab, field, and project experience. You should enjoy field work and be capable of independent learning, focused research, and autonomous decision making. You must possess broad engineering knowledge in electrical and mechanical areas, have experience programming, have excellent communication skills interacting across all levels of staff, and be highly motivated to address emerging needs with novel solutions. You should also be interested in instrument integration and testing and be comfortable in your ability to respond quickly in the field during R&D efforts.

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 in 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.

ISR-6 includes infinitely curious people, all with an unwavering focus on current and future national security issues. They make up a stellar team of engineers, physicists, geophysicists, geologists, computer scientists, and data scientists working in a fast-paced R&D environment. These scientists and engineers develop new methods to obtain and analyze data from sensors.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Experience drafting and designing in 3D CAD programs, beyond work completed in fulfillment of a class requirement. You need to be comfortable with mechanical design principles including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and need experience successfully collaborating with fabrication or manufacturing experts. Experience gained while working during a co-op, in an internship, or with university or college competition team (e.g. Formula SAE, AUVSI SUAS, Baja SAE, Human Powered Submarine, etc.) is fair game. Candidates will be expected to generate and release drawings using CAD software.
  • Demonstrated comfort authoring original code in Python or C/C++. Candidates will be expected to write, debug, improve, and use Python or C code while working with large data sets.
  • A desire to learn and ask questions. The R&D culture fosters and rewards intellectual curiosity and the quick identification and resolution of any miscommunications. Candidates must be comfortable asking questions and pausing conversations to request an explanation. The candidate will need to come up to speed quickly on assigned programs. The candidate must feel comfortable assimilating new information from written material, conversations with subject matter experts, and independent research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. This candidate needs to be able to organize, analyze, write, and present technical material for their colleagues and mentors.

Education/Experience: Position requires a bachelor's degree awarded within the past 3 years, but have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program. We require applicants to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.

Desired Qualifications:
  • IDL experience
  • Embedded firmware experience
  • Experience working in LabView
  • Exposure to CFD and FEA modeling.
  • Significant math or statistics course work
  • Experience developing scientific algorithms
  • Experience with Unix/Linux Operating system
  • Experience with space and satellite sensors and programs
  • Experience with a version control system (e.g. SVN, git, or mercurial)
  • Experience working in a machine shop in support of the fabrication of an original design
  • FAA Drone Pilot License: under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107), a Remote Pilot Certificate
  • Experience, excluding work completed in fulfillment of a class requirement, with CFD and FEA modeling
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Candidates should have previously demonstrated their ability to manage differing technical opinions and limited resources in field/test environments.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

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 each of the minimum and desired qualifications of the position.

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.


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.

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.

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