Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer for Gas Transfer Systems (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Gas Transfer Systems Group (Q-7) is responsible for design, development, production liaison, surveillance, and stewardship of all gas transfer systems (GTS) for LANL nuclear packages in the US nuclear weapon stockpile. While supporting the enduring stockpile, the group also supports the research and development of next generation GTS technology in support of future weapon systems. Emphasis is on the delivery of programmatic objectives via excellence in personnel safety, security, compliance, and programmatic hardware reliability and availability. The group is the programmatic tenant in two R&D facilities at LANL: The Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility (WETF), and a high-pressure gas transfer system radiological laboratory. At WETF, the group has a diverse array of responsibilities including tritium storage and recycling technologies, legacy item recycling and disposal, high-pressure tritium operations, and GTS function testing. The team maintains calorimetry and gas mass spectrometric capabilities that support tritium accountability and the GTS development program as well as diverse programs across LANL. At the high-pressure radiological laboratory, the team supports design agency (DA) and production agency (PA) missions for all LANL weapon systems, including valve and actuator surveillance for both LANL and SNL systems. The lab is a highly active hands on lab, specializing in gas pressure systems (cleaning, purging, filling, bursting, etc.) and related diagnostics. Supporting equipment includes gloveboxes, fume hood, high-pressure compressors, lathes, mills, wire EDMs, thermal chambers, etc. The accepted candidate will provide engineering expertise within the group and for general LANL customers, and will work with the team to assist in fulfillment of gas transfer mission objectives as listed above and as deemed necessary.
The successful candidate will be required to:
Develop technical expertise and knowledge gas transfer system technology, tritium science, and related engineering practices
Develop new methods, techniques, capabilities, or approaches to address critical technical problems
Coordinate personnel to solve instrument maintenance and pressure safety issues
Develop diverse teams and provide oversight of technical projects
Collaborate with and provide leadership to team members to solve multidisciplinary problems
Develop, review, and execute technical procedures
Adhere to the requirements for working in facilities with radioactive hazards, including a Hazard Category 2 nuclear facility
Represent the Laboratory to external agencies in defined capacities as necessary
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Testing and Experimentation
Experience in recognizing technical problems and applying analysis and testing to generate suitable solutions while effectively documenting and communicating results. Demonstrated mechanical aptitude and experience with instrumentation and experimentation techniques. Experience with pressure and vacuum systems and associated measurement techniques.
Demonstrated ability to complete scheduled deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities. Demonstrated record of leading and working in cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems. Experience developing defined tasks and directing others in execution of those tasks.
Communication and Teamwork
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers. Experience networking effectively with other engineers and key contacts outside own area of expertise. Ability to express ideas clearly in ways that build understanding, respect, and trust, as demonstrated through presentations and publications.
Demonstrated commitment to safety, security and compliance. The successful candidate will work daily in a classified setting and facilities with hazards including radiological, thermal, high pressure, etc.
Education/Experience :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.
Experience with pressure and/or vacuum systems and compliance with ASME standards
Experience reading and interpreting drawings, including mechanical design drawings and/or electrical design drawings.
Experience working in environments with a high level of operational formality such as a nuclear facility
Experience developing and executing work control documents or procedures.
Experience working with tritium, either hands-on or theoretical
Experience with LANL Conduct of Engineering processes
Experience with HAZMAT shipping
Programming experience with LabVIEW, Visual Basic, or other languages
Experience with handling classified matter
Ability to maintain a “Q” clearance, which usually requires US citizenship.
Note to Applicants: Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meet the minimum and desired requirements for this position.
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)
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.
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 Ferguson, Leslie Nichole
Vacancy Name: IRC86501
Organization Name Q-7 / Gas Transfer Systems
Minimum Salary 113100
Maximum Salary 190900
Req ID: IRC86501