Los Alamos National Laboratory Safeguards Research & Development (R&D) (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. You would 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. The group's core competencies and R&D areas include nuclear engineering, nuclear material measurement physics, custom instrumentation development, mechanical and electrical engineering design, prototype fabrication, and training. The group currently has programs that focus on nondestructive assay technologies (measuring radiation, heat, and other signatures), microcalorimetry, data analytics, remote sensing, containment and surveillance technologies, and environmental sampling and analysis. We are seeking individuals that can contribute to the group’s mission by providing some of the following skills:
Developing concepts, instruments, techniques, and technologies to monitor and measure nuclear material to ensure its peaceful use;
Developing algorithms to effectively analyze large and/or diverse data sets with new mathematical/statistical methods;
Innovation of the next generation of concepts, instrumentation, and technologies to minimize safeguards risks posed by technology advancement;
Providing technical expertise including educating both domestic and international nondestructive assay practitioners through hands-on training and on-site engagements.
Most NEN-1 projects are multi-disciplinary in nature and conducted in diverse technical teams. The successful candidate will be encouraged to learn and develop new skills to support other work assignments within NEN-1 and the Laboratory in general.
R&D Engineer 1 $85,400 – $139,600
At the Scientist 1 level, the candidate will be expected to contribute to assigned 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 completion of deliverables and milestones, and participation in the development of publications and presentations. The candidate will be expected to give presentations at discipline‐specific meetings and colloquia and may participate in professional societies and program specific interactions.
R&D Engineer 2 $94,100 – $155,700
In addition to what is outlined for Scientist 1 position, the Scientist 2 level candidate is expected to lead technical discussions, develop new methods, techniques or approaches to address critical technical problems, and lead specific project tasks to meet scope, schedule and budget. The candidate will be expected to work on teams to develop proposals and to mentor students and/or postdocs in technical and professional growth.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Technical R&D Experience:
Demonstrated experience conducting collaborative experimental R&D in the physical sciences including developing, testing, and using measurement systems and/or demonstrated experience in implementing data analysis methods in diverse datasets.
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.
Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
In addition to the resume or CV, you must include a cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements and desired skills.
Additional Job Requirements for the Scientist 2:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Experience in contributing to writing proposals
Demonstrated experience in leading project tasks to completion
Education/Experience for the R&D Engineer 1: Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position. Advanced degree preferred.
Education/Experience for the R&D Engineer 2: Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post‐doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the position. Advanced degree preferred.
Familiarity with a nondestructive assay instrument or methodology used in safeguards, security, arms control, or nonproliferation verification.
Ability to be innovative in leveraging skills (such as the analysis of large data sets or expertise in programming) to solve difficult technical problems.
Demonstrated experience and in-depth understanding of quantitative measurements and uncertainty analysis for physical science or engineering.
Demonstrated ability to teach technical concepts and methods to audiences of varied backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully across various cultures and countries.
Willingness for work assignment to include domestic and international travel.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance.
Additional Desired Qualification for the R&D Engineer 2
Expertise in a nondestructive assay instrument or methodology used in safeguards, security, arms control, or nonproliferation verification.
Demonstrated experience in leveraging skills (such as the analysis of large data sets or expertise in programming) to successfully solve difficult technical problems.
Demonstrated experience and in-depth understanding of quantitative measurements and uncertainty analysis for radioactive or nuclear materials.
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.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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)
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No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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 Lynn, Barbara Ann
Vacancy Name: IRC89451
Organization Name NEN-1/Safeguards Science & Techno
Req ID: IRC89451