Space Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Space Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 4)

What You Will Do

Are you ready for a role that translates needs into technical objectives and implementations in support of complex, space-based science, and national security missions? Are you a skilled professional with diverse experience, a collaborative member of project leadership, and a dynamic team focused engineer? If you are, Space Systems Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANL, has a place for you.

At the Space Instrument Realization Group, ISR-5, you will define technical requirements to meet mission objectives, lead development efforts, report progress across all levels of management, collaborate with industry partners, and direct system integration for advanced space systems including satellite space vehicles. The Engineer in this position is a recognized technical expert with experience across the product lifecycle of space systems, from development to operations. This engineer should have extensive experience leading activities across multiple engineering disciplines, setting strategic direction for engineering organizations, solving difficult and multifaceted problems, and managing large, complex, and/or high-risk projects. On any given day, you may:

  • Collaborate with team members to brainstorm and implement innovative solutions to complex and challenging technical problems.
  • Define requirements to meet national-level needs, influence strategic decisions, and express implementation details of large, complex projects.
  • Evaluate derived requirements' impact to project scope and resource constraints.
  • Develop and implement project management plans for medium to large high-risk projects involving multiple task capabilities and organizations.
  • Lead the development of scope, schedule, and budget, and define deliverables at project or program level.
  • Coordinate development and integration activities across multiple contributors.
  • Lead peer reviews across organizations and disciplines and participate in external peer reviews.
  • Serve as technical resource and mentor to staff across the division.
  • Develop and implement plans for project development opportunities. Lead development of technical sections of large, complex proposals.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at LANL has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air, and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 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 build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties. We also develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne, and space-based hardware, and software systems for basic scientific research, including NASA missions such as the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars rovers, Van Allen probes, and IBEX.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Communication & Teaming:
Demonstrated ability to build effective, intellectually diverse teams, and guide their interactions with internal and external networks. Interface effectively with senior-level management and sponsors. Superior written, oral, and presentation skills. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Technical Experience:
Expert knowledge and experience in one or more space engineering disciplines. Demonstrated ability to create and apply specialized, state-of-the-art engineering and scientific principles, techniques, methods, and tools to provide solutions for an extensive and diverse range of project deliverables. Extensive experience in troubleshooting complex system-level problems.

Systems Engineering Expertise:
Advanced expertise in defining and deriving requirements for technical solutions to space instrument and space vehicle needs. Demonstrated ability to set, control, and enforce standards of technical rigor for complex project requirements, deliverables, and changes. Significant experience defining, organizing, and leading development milestones and other program reviews.

Project Management:
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of project management of technical or operational work, including defining work scope, schedules, budgets, priorities, and performance milestones. Demonstrated ability to direct strategic investments and guide successful completion of major programs.

Demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, environment, and quality.

Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred. Preferred from an ABET accredited college or university

Desired Qualifications:

  • Extensive and specific hands-on experience leading development, delivery, and operation of space systems, including instrumentation and space vehicles.
  • Experience with quality engineering processes and best practices.
  • A recognized expert in engineering best practices and project planning.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse team members to problem-solve and identify solutions.

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.
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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
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