Los Alamos National Laboratory Control Systems Research & Development Electrical Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Explosive Applications and Special Projects Group (M-6) within Dynamic Experiments Division (M) is seeking a qualified Electrical Engineer to contribute to development and rapid-prototyping of diagnostics, control systems, and embedded systems. M-6 conducts physics research involving the initiation of energetic materials by mechanical, thermal, and electromagnetic mechanisms. Areas of study include high-explosive-driven pulsed power, non-shock initiation of high explosives, application of special energetic materials, and special security projects in service to the Laboratory and nation.
This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or 2 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.
R&D Engineer 1 | $85,400 – $139,600
The successful candidate will work in the M-6 electronics shop providing support for all experiments and projects that require control systems, diagnostics, or embedded systems. Rapid-prototyping equipment is available to assist the candidate in their task. The Level 1 position is expected to:
Assist other staff in the design, assembly, programming, testing and fielding of embedded systems and control systems used in explosives testing.
Design and fabricate test fixtures.
Help design, characterize, fabricate, and field capacitive discharge units used in explosives testing.
Deploy high-speed imaging equipment on active experiments.
Analyze data from experiments.
R&D Engineer 2 | $94,100 – $155,700
In addition to the duties of the lower level, the Level 2 position is expected to:
Develop new methods or techniques, using creativity leading to new or improved capabilities.
Assist in the development of intellectual property and contribute to reports, journal papers, and conference presentations.
Participate in external working groups, collaborate with other organizations within the Laboratory, and provide peer reviews.
Work with team members and customers to develop strategic plans to maintain and advance experimental programs and capabilities.
Mentor students, junior staff, and peers in technical and professional growth.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
The R&D Engineer 1 position requires knowledge of and experience contributing to the following aspects of assigned projects under regular direction and supervision:
Engineering: Education and experience in computational or electrical engineering.
Design: The design, planning, and execution of research and development projects, including test plans.
Drafting: Design drafting practices, geometric tolerancing, and engineering specifications.
Delivery: Working to a defined scope, schedule, and budget, both independently and as part of a team.
Communication: Strong interpersonal, presentation, and written skills; demonstrated by relationships built, briefings, and presentations.
Additional Job Requirements for the R&D Engineer 2:
In addition to the requirements listed above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Demonstrated independent contributions that benefit a broad spectrum of projects; including proven approaches, solutions, and leadership in the design, drafting, execution, and communication of a team’s engineering deliverables.
Demonstrated experience mentoring.
Education/Experience at the lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at the higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Mechanical Design: SolidWorks experience is desired. The applicant will have access to a laser cutter, PCB mill, and 3D printer.
Electrical Design: KiCad and/or Altium experience is desired for the design and development of embedded systems. The applicant will have access to a PCB milling machine and a local library of components.
Programming: Experience with Python, C++, C, and Assembly Language.
Diagnostics: Familiarity with electrical, optical, and RF diagnostics fielded on most experiments, e.g., piezo pins, fiber optic time-of-arrival probes, Rogowski coils, b-dot probes, Faraday rotation, PDV, inductive probes, capacitive probes, and differential probes. Experience with Shimadzu, Kirana, or Phantom high speed imaging devices.
Control Systems: Experience with programmable logic controllers.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
(1) Vision, speech, and hearing: Color discrimination; Peripheral vision; Depth perception; Reading vision; Distance vision; Ability to speak; Ability to discriminate speech; Ability to hear high-pitched sounds; Ability to smell; Ability to hear in a normal range (500-3000 Hz).
(2) General physical mobility: Sitting; Standing; Walking; Climbing stairs; Bending; Stooping; Crouching; Kneeling; Crawling; Twisting the trunk or back; Balancing.
(3) Specific physical mobility: Reaching overhead; Reaching horizontally; Reaching down; Applying torque with hands or arms; Gripping with the hands; Pressing with hands or arms; Pushing with hands or arms; Pulling with hands or arms; Typing or keyboarding; Fine motor control; Use of both hands; Use of both arms; Use of both legs; Use of both feet.
(4) Weight handling requirements: Carrying 30+ pounds.
(1) General work environment: Outdoors; At heights; In a cold environment; Working alone; Working overtime or irregular schedule; In a hot environment 90 – 100 F; In widely ranging ambient temperatures; In a dry environment; Operation of motor vehicles.
(2) Specific work environment: Work in a noisy environment; Work under unusual lighting conditions; Work with weapons or explosives; Work near machinery with moving parts;
(3) Chemical environment: toxic chemicals; Irritant chemicals; Dusts or powders; Sprays, mists, or vapors; Fumes; Carcinogens.
(4) Protective clothing & environment: Safety glasses or eye protection; Hearing protection; Gloves or hand protection; Safety shoes or protective footgear.
Location: This position will be physically 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 : Please upload a copy of your resume along with a cover letter that addresses how you meet the minimum/desired qualifications 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 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)
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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.
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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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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Contact Name Greathouse, Khalid T (Khi)
Vacancy Name: IRC93215
Organization Name M-6/Explosive Applications & Special Projects
Req ID: IRC93215