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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2/R&D Engineer 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.

The Detonator Science and Technology Group (Q-6) is the design authority for primary detonators on current Los Alamos nuclear weapon stockpile systems. Q-6 provides engineering and design support to the production plants during production of War Reserve detonators, and assesses and reports on surveillance data for each stockpile detonator.

Q-6 is offering an exciting opportunity to be a part of a growing detonator modeling & simulation project where numerical tools are being created to enhance Q-6 capabilities to meet their mission. The group is seeking an enthusiastic and driven individual who can bring skills in programming and hydrocode modeling. This person must be capable of working independently on complex technical problems while also actively and openly contributing to the development team.

The project goal is building sustainable simulation tools for detonator applications. The fireset and initiator will be simulated using magneto-hydrodynamic codes that will feed into explosive simulations involving highly-calibrated reactive-burn models. Part of the project also involves developing a custom workflow that enables the recording and reporting of these critical simulations while simulating appropriate experimental diagnostics.

The successful candidate will work with customers and collaborators to ensure programs are supported and deliverables are met. Strong documentation (writing) skills and ability to present technical information to a wide audience through formal and informal technical interactions are crucial in this role. The successful candidate will work daily in a classified setting, and must demonstrate a strong commitment towards national security.

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

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Programming Language

Proficient in a computer programming language, ideally Python. The successful candidate needs to be capable of learning to maintain the custom workflow software.

Physics Code

Demonstrated ability in the use of a multi-physics code, preferably a hydrocode, to perform simulations of shock and/or detonation phenomena. The ability to apply multi-physics codes to solve engineering challenges as they arise.

Engineering Knowledge

Ability to contribute to one of more of the following related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and/or code validation.

Team Dynamics

Demonstrated successful experience working in an integrated team environment.

Personal Integrity & Leadership

Demonstrate a commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in an environment of shifting priorities. Demonstrated experience in creative problem solving.

Communication Skills

Strong presentation skills and experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3 ($113,100 - $190,900):

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Engineer 3 level requires:

Technical Leadership

Strong technical leadership skills and the ability to independently apply their skills to solve problems outside of their immediate focus. Ability to contribute leadership skills to guide the modeling team and project


Ability to mentor junior colleagues technically and personally. Continue to expand their technical knowledge and the knowledge of the team.

Project Planning

Identify capability gaps of the project and develop/implement plans to fill them.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of shock, detonation, and/or explosive-initiation physics

  • Knowledge of initiation systems particular to nuclear weapon applications

  • Ability to read and interpret mechanical engineering design drawings

  • Experience with magneto-hydrodynamic modeling

  • Experience in running and/or guiding experiments in conjunction with numerical simulation activities.

  • Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty quantification

  • Demonstrated experience in secure work environment or working with sensitive or classified information.

  • Active Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

R&D Engineer 2 Education Required: 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.

R&D Engineer 3 Education Required: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 6 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.

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

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

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 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.

  • 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 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole
Email leslief@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC85813
Organization Name Q-6 / Detonation Science and Technology
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC85813
Category: Engineering