Los Alamos National Laboratory Digital/Analog Low-level RF Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
The Accelerator Operations and Technology Division (AOT), Radio Frequency Engineering (RFE) group is seeking a Digital/Analog low-level RF engineer.
The AOT division maintains, operates, and upgrades all accelerator systems used at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) complex. These consist of two 750-keV Cockcroft-Walton-based injector systems (H+ and H– systems), a 201.25-MHz drift tube linear accelerator utilizing high-power diacrode tubes, an 805-MHz coupled cavity LINAC utilizing klystrons as the primary power source, a proton storage ring, and roughly a kilometer of beam transport lines that feed beam to the five independent research programs. The RFE group is principally responsible for all RF systems, all pulsed power, and all high-power DC power supplies used to operate magnets on the beam transport lines. Low-level RF (LLRF) control and monitoring of the various RF sources used to drive the beam is critical to the high performance and successful operation of the accelerator.
R&D Engineer 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
The successful candidate will be a member of the Low-Level RF Team and help develop and implement RF control systems. This work involves the development and design of custom analog, digital and RF PCBs including the development of HDL or test code (Labview or Matlab) for these systems. Interaction and coordination with other engineers and technicians on the LLRF team as well as close cooperation with other accelerator systems groups (software, instrumentation and accelerator physics) is expected.
R&D Engineer 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful candidate will independently develop and direct low-level RF systems projects, provide RF controls technical guidance and support to accelerator projects and provide technical and operational guidance to Low level RF technicians and engineers in installation, integration and operation of RF control systems.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Along with a resume/CV, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing, bullet by bullet, each of the required and applicable desired skills listed below.
Demonstrated success in design and development of analog, digital or RF printed circuit boards.
Demonstrated success with software development for system operation and testing.
Demonstrated experience with applying and demonstration of engineering design cycle principles: requirements gathering, design, and implementation, debugging, testing, and documentation.
Displays a record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or technical products.
Availability for rotating on-call, working after hours when required.
Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Demonstrated experience of leading a technical team (at least 4) of people for at least two years.
Authors reports and/or publications of major importance, frequently with considerable impact within the engineering/scientific community.
Provides leadership in identifying, promoting, and developing appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.
Contributed to an organizational unit to goal setting, planning, and overall direction.
Serves in a consultative role to senior-level management.
Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 2 level: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 3 level: Position requires a minimum of 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. A Ph.D. is preferred.
RF Systems design experience.
FPGA design experience including code development, synthesizing and simulation.
Analog circuit design experience.
High speed digital design experience.
Real-time system programming experience with VxWorks or RTEMS.
Programming experience in Tcl/Tk, C, C++, Java, Python, LabVIEW and MATLAB
Accelerator systems experience in particular RF systems and RF control.
Control system design and implementation experience using FPGAs.
High-speed data convertor (both analog-digital and digital-analog) design experience.
Experience with all aspects of project management.
Experience in the design and development of software radio systems.
Knowledge of control & data acquisition theory and instrumentation hardware
Signal processing system design using FPGAs.
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading Vision, Sitting, Standing, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, Typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds,
Work Environment: working in widely ranging ambient temperatures, working overtime or irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non-ionizing radiation, and work near machinery with moving parts.
Note to Applicants:
Consideration for the position will be strictly limited to applicants that submit a comprehensive cover letter addressing, bullet-by-bullet, each of the required and desired skills listed below.
This vacancy will close on September 4, 2021, midnight Mountain Standard Time
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)
The Accelerator Operations and Technology – Radio Frequency Engineering (AOT‐RFE) Group provides expertise, support, and technical leadership in all aspects of RF engineering including gridded tube amplifiers and klystrons as well as RF control systems and RF accelerator cavities. AOT‐RFE’s primary focus is the design, and implementation of RF systems for the LANSCE User Facility. This includes participation in current and future projects. AOT’s secondary focus is to share its expertise and experience with organizations within the Laboratory as well as external partners and sponsors. Along these lines, AOT‐RFE has worked on national accelerator and global security projects utilizing its knowledge base while incorporating cutting edge technology. Additionally, the group fosters and participates in worldwide collaborations, workshops, and conferences in the interest of exploring and pushing the frontiers in RF technology.
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No Clearance: This p osition 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 Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Vacancy Name: IRC88332
Organization Name AOT-RFE/RF Engineering
Req ID: IRC88332