Los Alamos National Laboratory Systems Design Engineer (R&D Engineer 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN-5) is seeking an experienced, high-performing R&D Engineer 4 to work in the area of nuclear system design, ranging from development of computational methodologies to simulations of nuclear reactors. Our staff focuses upon special purpose reactor design and demonstration for space and terrestrial applications, radiation transport code applications, high fidelity simulation of nuclear systems and nuclear fuels, systems modeling, nuclear fuel cycles and nuclear security. Recent successes include the design, development, and testing of a prototype fission reactor named Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY). Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. Depending on the specific skill set of the selected candidate, there will be opportunities to work in one or more of the following areas:
Lead technical research on analysis of advanced reactor designs.
Solve important and challenging radiation transport and reactor safety problems for a variety of applications.
Develop and apply tools for high‐fidelity simulations of reactor systems.
Perform high‐fidelity computational modeling for a range of phenomena including neutronics, thermal hydraulics, nuclear fuel performance and/or other thermo‐mechanical processes.
Analyze reactor designs, including analysis of issues related to neutronics, structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and/or safety.
The successful candidate will be required to:
Execute and provide technical leadership for high quality modeling and/or simulation research in a nuclear-related field within the group.
Participate in a fast-paced work environment to interface between multiple reactor design disciplines and perform important reactor safety calculations.
Interface with sponsors and other laboratories to communicate information and meet common needs. Define program strategies in concert with stakeholders.
Actively participate in recruiting and mentoring of students and early career staff.
Document and/or present advanced technical work clearly and effectively.
Undertake domestic travel as periodically required based on programmatic needs.
There are opportunities for technically advanced work performed here to be published in journals or conference proceedings.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated senior-level experience in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline.
Demonstrated expertise in modeling and simulations related to one or more of the following disciplines: nuclear engineering, radiation transport calculations, reactor depletion simulations, computational thermal, solid, and fluid modeling, nuclear fuels and/or materials, nuclear chemistry, process modeling, nonproliferation, or related research areas.
Advanced knowledge in designing reactors or in developing multi-physics models of nuclear systems.
A record of leading high impact, innovative research as demonstrated by recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or contributions to major reports in one or more of the following areas: nuclear engineering, physics, mechanical engineering or other closely related technical field of study.
Demonstrated experience in leading a group of scientists/engineers in accomplishing a large-scale assessment of a nuclear system and mentoring junior staff.
Demostrated ability to develop and manage projects, including scope, schedule, and budget.
Demonstrated ability to define project and program strategies and directions.
Demonstrated ability to secure funding for multi-year projects.
- Demonstrated commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Proven ability to work independently and in multi-organizational teams.
Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of teamwork, quality, technical excellence, innovation, and creativity.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and changing priorities, set priorities, and create detailed action plans.
- The ability and willingness to obtain a DOE Q clearance.
Education/Experience for R&D Engineer 4: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. is preferred.
Demonstrated experience in one or more areas of nuclear science or engineering:
Nuclear systems, reactor design, and/or high‐fidelity reactor simulations.
Modeling and simulation tools for radiation transport, depletion, fuel performance, systems, and/or CFD modeling.
Lower length scale phenomenological modeling.
Familiarity with nuclear fuel cycles and their vulnerabilities to diversion and theft.
Familiarity with nuclear security concepts.
Demonstrated experience in one or more of these computational areas:
Experience in modeling and simulation using radiation transport codes (MCNP), burn (or depletion) codes, and/or fuel performance codes (MOOSE/BISON).
Familiarity with computational fluid dynamics and/or nuclear thermal hydraulics codes.
Facility with parallel computing with visualization and processing of large scientific datasets.
Ability to program and knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Perl, C++, and/or Fortran.
Advanced programming skills and experience linking simulation tools.
Active DOE Q clearance.
Note to Applicants: In addition to the resume or CV, youmustinclude a cover letter addressing each of the minimum job requirements and desired skills.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Vaccination Requirement : 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 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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Lynn, Barbara Ann
Vacancy Name: IRC90351
Organization Name NEN-5/Systems Design & Anaylsis
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC90351