Description:

What You Will Do


The Detonation Science & Technology (Q-6) Group is searching for an R&D Engineer to support novel electric and optical detonator design and development. Q-6 has an enduring mission to the Laboratory and has been growing a world-class expertise in initiation systems since the Manhattan Project. Q-6 has recognized science and engineering competencies in fields of control systems, pulsed power, detonator design, and high explosives test fire. In this position, you will work under the mentorship of experts who will help you grow your skills in both the applied and theory aspects of detonator development. Applicants who apply should enjoy exciting and fast-paced environments. The successful candidate will be supporting aggressive and high consequence detonator maturation projects. Q-6 is looking for applicants that are highly motivated, curious, and passionate. These are key ingredients required in the working culture to assure the unwavering ability to deliver the US nuclear deterrent.


The selected candidate will work as an integral team member in Q-6, the Detonation Science and Technology Group, under a lead system engineer on new detonator designs. The selected candidate will work with integrated teams across ALDW, ALDX, and other organizations at LANL as well as other NNSA sites and the DoD. Work may include overseeing component or small system mechanical, electrical, optical design, integration, prototyping, project management, and testing. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing larger subsystem mechanical, electrical, optical design, integration, prototyping, , project management, and testing as well as leading teams.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering Knowledge


Knowledge of fundamental engineering concepts, principles, practices, and procedures, as demonstrated by experience developing or validating engineered solutions.


Communication


Demonstrated ability to network effectively with other engineers and key contacts outside own area of expertise, both internal and external to the organization. Ability to express ideas clearly in ways that build understanding, respect, and trust, as demonstrated through presentations and publications.


Project Facilitation


Ability to develop a project plan with resource loading. Ability to meet schedule and deliverables for assigned projects. Ability to developing and foster successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems. Demonstrated ability to work with and without supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.


Engineering Knowledge


Detailed knowledge of detonator design. Detailed knowledge of at least one of the following: electrical detonator design, optical detonator design, mechanical design.


Communication


Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to interact effectively with team members and management.


Project Facilitation


Ability to develop a project plan with resource loading. Ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple assigned projects. Ability to developing and foster successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.


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.


Desired Qualifications:


Experience in project management including planning and executing a resource loaded project schedule.


Experience integrating mechanical engineering with electronic/electrical engineering.


Ability to read and interpret electrical / mechanical engineering design drawings, including GD&T.


Knowledge/experience with project management software (do you want to provide an example of a project management tool?)


Knowledge/experience of statistical analysis techniques.


Knowledge/experience with mechanical and electrical simulations using COMSOL, PSPICE, and other relevant modeling software.


Experience with basic electrical engineering concepts


Experience with laboratory test equipment, including oscilloscopes, function generators, sensors, etc.


Q Clearance, which normally requires US citizenship


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


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)


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. 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. 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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 call1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Appointment Type

Regular

Regular

Contact Details

Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole

Email leslief@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Vacancy Name: IRC87691

Organization Name Q-6/Detonation Science & Technology

Minimum Salary 113100

Maximum Salary 190900

Req ID: IRC87691

Category: Engineering

About Los Alamos National Laboratory:

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