Los Alamos National Laboratory Chief Satellite Instrument Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Intelligence & Space Research (ISR) Division seeks a Chief Systems Engineer to lead a significant effort across the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division. Major ISR programs include satellite‐based nuclear detonation detection (SNDD) programs, Agile Space (cube sat) programs, Space Exploration programs and others. The ISR Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) activity annual budget is currently more than $5M and growing, supporting 10 staff working on: Systems Engineering, Integration & Test, Radiation Effects, Reliability Assessment, and Environmental Testing. The successful candidate will also directly support programs as they establish SEIT activities and/or require senior level guidance.

Duties Include:

  • Leading and developing a team of systems engineers, test directors and radiation and reliability analysts to apply best practices and lessons learned across ISR programs.

  • Tailoring LANL policies and customer and industry standards for use by specific ISR programs running the gamut from high reliability, long duration systems through concept exploration experiments and everything in between.

  • Coordinating with line and program management to ensure the team is resourced appropriately and provides high quality, timely and technically independent support to projects and programs that satisfy customer requirements.

  • Performing systems engineering and coordination activities to support the design and development of ISR systems to ensure the system‐wide integration of hardware, software, reliability, maintainability, safety and other requirements in the total engineering effort.

  • Interfacing directly with stakeholders including LANL, partner and customer management as needed to propose new work, advance program objectives, clarify requirements and resolve issues.

  • Coordinating across projects to execute system integration and testing plans.

  • Fostering a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience with development, integration and test of space systems.

  • Demonstrated experience working with space hardware and software development teams.

  • Demonstrated experience across all phases of space projects from concept through deployment.

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of and experience in failure or root cause analysis.

  • Application of modern Systems Engineering on a significant project.

  • Experience managing and leading diverse teams composed of a wide variety of technical skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q and SCI clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Systems engineering experience with satellite‐based sensor systems.

  • Experience performing mission, functional, cost‐benefit and risk analysis.

  • Experience managing budget, scope, and schedule aspects of technical projects.

  • Experience integrating payloads onto spacecraft and the associated command and control (ground) systems.

  • Experience with Model‐Based Systems Engineering concepts.

  • Active Q and/or SCI clearance.

Education: B.S. in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering or related engineering degree from an ABET accredited college or university and at least 10 years of related experience; or an M.S. and 7 years of related experience.

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.

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.

The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR‐5) in the Intelligence & Space Research Division provides engineering and technical expertise to support the development and deployment of space‐based custom instrumentation for national security applications. The Group consists of about 40 engineers, designers and technicians (electrical and mechanical) teaming across several ISR Division projects.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-5/Space Instrumentation Realization

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: Chief Satellite Instrument Systems Engineer (R&D; Engineer 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62035