Los Alamos National Laboratory Electronics Design (R&D) Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1 or R&D Engineer 2 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
The Safeguards Science and Technology Group (NEN-1) is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, results-oriented R&D Engineer 1 or 2 to join a diverse and goal-oriented group of peers dedicated to the group’s primary mission of developing and deploying nondestructive technologies and concepts in support of domestic and international nuclear safeguards and security. The group accomplishes this mission by fostering a work environment that encourages creative problem solving, team work, and passion for the mission while allowing flexibility in the work assignment.
Our group has history of advanced and exciting R&D in nuclear material measurement physics and custom instrumentation development, mechanical and electrical engineering design, prototype fabrication, training and education, growth in the field and the potential for learning from world class experts. The laboratory encompasses unprecedented wealth of knowledge and expertise in a tremendous breath of scientific and engineering disciplines.
We are seeking qualified individuals to work on the electronics development team. You will be responsible for all aspects associated with development of prototype electronics in support of the group’s safeguards and security mission. Ideal candidate is someone who can contribute to the group’s mission by providing either digital or analog electronics design specific to the processing of signals from radiation detectors. In addition, as part of our R&D tasks you will be supporting or leading experimental measurements with standard and custom nuclear instrumentation.
R&D Engineer 1 $85,400 – $139,600
At the R&D Engineer 1 level, the candidate will be expected to contribute to assigned electronics development activities in support of safeguards and security projects. This may include assisting in the development and implementation of on-going or new technical efforts, contributing to the compl eti on of deliverables and milestones, and participation in the development of publications and presentations. The candidate will be expected to give presenta t ions at discipline‐specific mee ti ngs and may par t icipate in professional socie t ies and program specific interac t ions.
R&D Engineer 2 $94,100 – $155,700
In addition to what is outlined for R&D Engineer 1 position, the R&D Engineer 2 level candidate is expected to lead technical discussions, develop new methods, techniques or approaches to address cri t ical technical problems, and lead specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget. The candidate will be expected to work with teams to develop proposals.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Technical R&D Experience: Demonstrated knowledge and experience conducting collaborative R&D ineitherof the following two areas:
Analog electronics design for sensors and understanding of electronics and instrumentation. This includes the following knowledge and experience:
Knowledge and experience in the design of analog circuits
Understanding of small analog signal amplification, noise optimization concepts, mitigation of electrical signal interference.
Experience using electronic laboratory equipment (oscilloscopes, voltage and current meters, power supplies, signal generators, etc.)
Understanding of detector output signal properties
Ability to research less familiar topics (in the field of nuclear instrumentation, radiation detectors, and electronics) using academic and industry publications Or 2. Digital electronics and firmware design for the processing of signals from sensors and development of electronics modules. This includes the following knowledge and experience:
Digital electronics design and debugging.
FPGA and processor based embedded hardware design.
VHDL programming and logic design.
Embedded software development for microcontrollers and microprocessors
Interfaces and intercommunication between peripheral devices (ADCs, DACs, memories, FPGA and processor communication, sensors, etc.)
Familiarity with microprocessor-FPGA hybrids such as Zinq processor based systems.
Experience using electronic laboratory equipment (oscilloscopes, voltage and current meters, power supplies, signal generators, logic analyzers, etc.)
Ability to research less familiar topics (in the field of nuclear instrumentation, radiation detectors, and electronics) using academic and industry publications
Communication and Teaming : Excellent writing and communication skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter. Experience in working effectively both independently and in a team. Ability to communicate, define, and delegate technical tasks to other team and staff members and engage with our clients and collaborators.
Work Environment : Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Proposal Writing: Experience in contributing to writing proposals
Project Leadership: Demonstrated experience in leading project tasks to completion
Education/Experience for R&D Engineer 1: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Advanced degree preferred.
Education/Experience for R&D Engineer 2 : 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. Advanced degree preferred.
Desired Qualifications :
Demonstrated experience, coursework, or advanced studies in the following areas:
Radiation detector types (i.e., scintillation detectors, gas detectors, or semiconductor detectors) and their electrical properties such as signal strength and timing characteristics.
Radiation detector concepts such as pulse shaping, dead time, count rate, etc.
Electronic circuit design and utilization for pulse processing in electronics for radiation detectors.
Instrument and measurements automation experience (not limited to radiation measurements).
Planning and performing experimental measurements with custom or off-the-shelf instrumentation (not limited to radiation measurements).
Software engineering methodologies.
Knowledge or experience with standard nuclear measurements instrumentation including performing radiation measurements and experiments
Experience working in the safeguards and security field.
Demonstrated experience in transitioning R&D prototype electronics from a laboratory setting to an operational facility and/or to transferring technology from prototype design to commercial companies.
Experience in working in an operating nuclear facility
Experience working with radiological sources and nuclear materials.
Demonstrated record of effectively working with people from a diverse background and from foreign countries.
Participation in professional societies and external working groups in the safeguards and security field.
Willingness for work assignment to include domestic and international travel.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
Additional Desired Qualifications for R&D Engineer 2
Expertise in electronics systems used in safeguards, security, arms control, or nonproliferation verification.
Advanced knowledge of radiation and detector physics.
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: In addition to the resume or CV, you must include a cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements and desired skills.
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)
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. SeeDOE 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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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Contact Name Merkel, Melanie Cimafranca
Vacancy Name: IRC94612
Organization Name NEN-1/Safeguards Science & Techno
Req ID: IRC94612
Category: Science/Eng Tech Support