Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemical Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

Exciting opportunities currently exist in the Associate Directorate for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing (ADPSM). This R&D; Engineer 2 will initiate and conduct engineering assignments with specific engineering responsibilities in the areas of inert component and detonator manufacturing process development, and operations. Primary work scope will be in support of the High Explosive Detonator Fabrication (DET-1), Inert Component Fabrication Group (DET-2), and the Detonator Operations (DET-3) teams responsible for the fabrication, inspection, and testing of War Reserve and experimental inert detonator components and subcomponents. The selected candidate will be expected to develop solutions to complex problems, design and implement new technologies, improve production cycle times, and maximize production yield rates as related to detonator manufacturing as well as conduct post-disassembly inspections and analyses on nuclear weapon stockpile assets. Work will be accomplished without considerable direction; the successful candidate can expect significant latitude in determining objectives of assignments, identifying and implementing emerging technologies, and determination of technical approaches.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of chemical engineering, principles, design guides and appropriate standards

  • Five or more years of work experience in chemical engineering

  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership on process execution and testing (e.g., multi-component assemblies, characterization, or multi-parameter testing)

  • Demonstrated experience specifying equipment or instrumentation, characterizing process variables, or monitoring process performance

  • Proven experience applying engineering principles, methods, and tools to complex problems

  • Working knowledge of ANSI Y14.5, Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Working proficiency with direct or parametric engineering modeling software (e.g., CREO, SolidWorks, ANSYS, AutoCAD)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with cleaning operations involving surfactants, solvents, acid-base chemistry

  • Experience with the photolithography process for printed circuit materials

  • Experience working with chemicals (ferric chloride, sodium hydroxide)

  • Knowledge of the United States nuclear weapons programs, designs, and engineering

  • Working knowledge of governmental or commercial quality assurance standards

  • Experience with component or product analyses or inspections

  • Experience working in a team environment as demonstrated by successful implementation of deliverables such as work instructions or standard operating procedures, user training, production and maintenance processes

  • Demonstrated record of production excellence through the successful implementation of engineering designs or processes without escapes in safety, security, or quality

  • Active or reinstatable Department of Energy “Q” clearance

Education: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from an ABET accredited college or university program.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants MUST submit a resume with a comprehensive cover letter that addresses all of the minimum job requirements and desired skills of the position.

Additional Details:

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:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Engineer something great by joining one of the most innovative and dynamic R&D; engineering communities in the world! Located in beautiful northern New Mexico (Santa Fe area), home of outdoor and cultural activities, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) ensures the safety and reliability of our U.S. nuclear stockpile while developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, it is a center for research and development in a wide range of scientific disciplines, related to renewable energy, environment, infrastructure, geophysics, health and medicine, space exploration, supercomputing, nanotechnology, and global security concerns.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: DET-2/Inert Component Fabrication

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Chemical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66657