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Los Alamos National Laboratory Digital/Analog Low-Level RF Engineer/ (R&D Engineer 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either theR&D Engineer 3 or 4 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 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)

The successful candidate will be a member of the Low-Level RF Team and help develop and implement FPGA designs, FPGA-based software radio RF control systems. This work involves the development and design of custom PCBs as well as the development of the HDL 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 4 ($135,800 - $235,600)

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:

R&D Engineer 3

  • Demonstrated success in design and development of high speed digital printed circuit boards utilizing FPGAs, DRAM and data converters.

  • Demonstrated success with HDL design of complex signal processing and/or software radio systems including coding, synthesizing and simulating of RTL implementations in FPGAs.

  • Demonstrated experience with applying and demonstration of engineering design cycle principles: requirements gathering, design, and implementation, debugging, testing, and documentation.

  • Displays a substantial and significant record of achievement through reports, publications, intellectual property, or technical products.

  • Contributed as a leader in an organizational unit to goal setting, planning, and overall direction.

  • Demonstrated ability to define deliverables and lead projects for organizational and/or business unit initiatives and/or new technology product line strategies.

  • Availability for rotating on-call, working after hours when required.

Additional Job Requirements forR&D Engineer 4:

  • Demonstrated experience of leading a technical team (>5) of people for at least five years.

  • Demonstrated record of authoring reports and/or publications of major importance, frequently with considerable impact within the engineering/scientific community.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in identifying, promoting, and developing appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to serve in a consultative role to senior-level Laboratory management and/or governmental management representatives.

Desired Qualifications:

  • RF Systems design experience.

  • Real-time system programming experience with VxWorks or RTEMS. Programming experience in Tcl/Tk, C, C++, Java, 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.

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.

Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 4 level :

Position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. A Ph.D. is preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Physical Job Requirements: 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 theposition will be strictly limited to applicants that submit a comprehensive cover letteraddressing, bullet by bullet, each of the required and applicable desired skills listed.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM..

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

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.

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.

No Clearance: Position 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 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 call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Email lthalacker@lanl.gov
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Vacancy Name: IRC87411
Organization Name AOT-RFE/Radio Frequency Engineering
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Req ID: IRC87411
Category: Engineering