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

Weapons R&D Engineer (R&D Engineer 4)

What You Will Do

The Advanced System Development Group (Q-18) is seeking a senior level R&D Engineer to help support our team! You will be responsible for negotiating work scope and directing a multidisciplinary team to provide input on the W87-1 program. This Interagency Peer Review program has an annual budget of approximately $5M. The position requires experience with nuclear weapon qualification and certification requirements. You be required to do frequent reporting and presenting on program status and technical findings internally and externally and frequent communication with leadership teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Q-18 is responsible for Systems and Design Engineering of Future Weapons Systems up to phase 3/6.3 with emphasis on improved performance, safety, producibility and agility of the future stockpile, Interagency Peer Reviews (IPRs) of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Systems, and Future System and System Agnostic Design and System Engineering support to a wide range of experiments from internally fielded technology tests to hydrodynamic and subcritical experiments.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides systems engineering and program management to develop and field qualified engineering solutions to improve the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile throughout the weapon life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in new LANL weapons programs as well as life extension and alternation projects.

This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Nuclear Weapons Experience

Detailed expert knowledge of nuclear weapon design, development, production, or stockpile requirements. Advanced knowledge of fundamental engineering and material science principles and practices.

Technical Leadership

Demonstrated ability in leading projects by assembling teams across multiple organizations, establishing project plans, assigning tasks to team members, and reporting progress. Proven ability to reach milestones and produce deliverables while remaining with budget constraints.

Problem Solving

Demonstrated ability to generate and apply innovative approaches to solve complex problems. Proven record of achievements in a technically-relevant field. Demonstrated ability to organize and track evaluations and completed work.

Communication and Teamwork

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and through written documentation. Experience in communicating with coworkers, all levels of laboratory management and customers. Proven record of working effectively as a team member. Demonstrated ability to seek technical input from experts.

Project Facilitation

Demonstrated ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities. Demonstrated consultative record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team. Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of project management of technical or operational work, including developing project plans, work breakdown structures, and work packages; managing to scope, schedule, budget, and technical baselines; and documenting baseline reports and change control actions.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an ABET 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.

Desired Qualifications:
  • General knowledge of the engineering authorization system and document management systems.
  • Experience in technical report writing.
  • Working knowledge of practices related to working with Special Nuclear Material, classified documents and parts.
  • Current or previous experience as a derivative classifier.
  • Sigma 15 authorization, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance and Sigma 15 authorization.

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.

Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.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 maternity 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 (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