Los Alamos National Laboratory NMCA Software Developer (Quality Assurance Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Material Controls and Accountability Group (SAFE-NMCA) is seeking unique multi-skilled professionals ready to jump into a challenging opportunity with incredible ability to positively influence Los Alamos National Laboratory. We’re looking for highly intelligent professionals capable of being part MC&A expert, part software developer, and part quality assurance engineer. The MC&A team works to ensure compliance with Material Control and Accountability requirements while working with staff from operations to ensure the success of critical work in support of the Los Alamos National Laboratory mission objectives and National Security interests. As a NMCA Software Developer you will work with a team of highly capable software development and testing professionals using automation software to improve the efficiency and quality of the critical work performed by the group. You will use software development methodologies, tools and process to innovate and optimize how work is performed while setting the standard for best in class practices responsibly using technology to improve the overall MC&A program. This is a challenging and rewarding job that requires software development skill and the ability to learn nuclear material control and accountability policies/practices/requirements.
This position will be filled at either the Quality Assurance Engineer 2/3 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.
Quality Assurance Engineer 2 ($85,400 - $139,600)
You will support software applications and systems entirely within the mission area of Nuclear Material Control and Accountability (NMCA) by investigating user needs, designing the engineering basis for software, writing software code in multiple languages, and documenting/implementing new hardware and software when needed. You will work with customers and end users to understand requirements, and will execute project plans defined by their project leader. You will work within a tightly integrated team of software engineers that are implementing the highest quality assurance standards and formal engineering processes. Additionally, you will also be required to analyze user requirements and work processes to ensure alignment with DOE Order 474.2 “Nuclear Material Control and Accountability”. You will learn to be an MC&A expert while leveraging your software development skillset to improve how MC&A tasks are performed at LANL.
Quality Assurance Engineer (NMCA Software Developer) 3 ($94,100 - $155,700)
In addition to the description above, you will work with the project leader to create and manage project plans from start to finish and will take a lead on implementing creative software solutions for Material Control and Accountability challenges at LANL. Additionally, you will mentor less experienced staff and assist with technical development.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Knowledge of nuclear material control and accountability, nuclear operations, nuclear science, engineering, formal scientific work, or other related STEM related fields.
Knowledge of quality assurance engineering practices and principles.
Basic knowledge of SQL programming language and database table relationships.
Basic knowledge of C# programming language and object oriented design principles.
Basic knowledge of Visual Studio integrated development engine for code development.
Knowledge of hardware and operating systems, system architectures, network infrastructures, and client-server principles.
Basic knowledge of contemporary software engineering best practices for hardware and software integration and testing, and software lifecycle maintenance.
Ability to review and understand end-to-end work processes.
Demonstrated experience working in highly dynamic team environments with frequent priority changes
Demonstrated experience working closely with numerous nuclear material operations customers in defining expectations, mutual responsibilities, and recognizing when software modifications are appropriate as a solution to existing problems.
Experience working in highly structured and rigorously formal operational teams that must adhere to written procedures and are frequently subjected to external audits.
Additional Job Requirements for Quality Assurance Engineer (NMCA Software Developer) 3:
In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Software Developer 3 level requires:
Knowledge of software development methodologies, tools and processes, including software development methodology framework, source code control, application development tools and techniques, database design, development and management, programming languages, and component integration.
Knowledge of hardware and operating systems including system architectures, network infrastructures, and client server principles.
Knowledge of hardware and software integration and testing.
Ability to partner with customers.
Ability to translate technical terms to layperson's terms and present them to audiences outside of IST.
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Quality Assurance, Software Development, or Industrial Systems Engineering or a related field and 5 year of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Quality Assurance, Software Development, or Industrial Systems Engineering or a related field and 8 year of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Knowledge and experience in NMCA processes, nuclear material control methods, NMCA policy requirements, and security obligations per DOE Order 474.2.
Familiarity of applying quality assurance regulatory, contractual, and technical documents, i.e., LANL P1040, DOE Order 414.1D, 10 CRF 830, NQA-1, and LANS contract requirements relevant to software quality assurance activities.
Familiarity with NMCA topics such as material movement processes, limited authorizations, two-person rule(s), and concept of Inventory Difference/Adjustments.
Note to Applicants:
Please include a comprehensive cover letter addressing in detail how they meet the minimum requirements and desired skills.
While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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 .
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)
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.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Land, Brandy Nicole
Vacancy Name: IRC90612
Organization Name SAFE-NMCA/ Nucelar Material Control & Accountability
Req ID: IRC90612