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

What You Will Do

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with expertise and experience in electrical engineering to participate in the execution of our portfolio of scientific and national security programs.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers at Mars, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral cubesat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate, analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing.

ISR-4 is a specialized space electronics and signal-processing group, with a focus on electronics for measurement systems as well as onboard electronics for converting data collected by these systems into meaningful information. While the focus is mostly on systems deployed to space, we also develop portable ground stations and payload test equipment. The group’s projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists, which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects are developed from concept through development and launch, as well as operational support after launch or field deployment. For more information, see theISR-4: Space Electronics and Signal Processing home page.

ISR-4 is looking for highly motivated early to mid-career electrical engineers to assist in the development of specialized instrumentation for various space-based detection systems. These systems can include:

  • Measurement systems led by Los Alamos for the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System for verification of nuclear treaties;

  • Measurement systems for Earth, planetary, heliophysics, and astrophysical science missions;

  • Payload and bus systems for small, agile satellites for science and national security.

We are looking for enthusiastic electrical engineers with interest in digital design, analog design, power supply design or RF design. Responsibilities include developing innovative approaches to specialized applications, and subsequent design, modeling, implementation, verification and testing of electrical circuits and/or FPGAs. Success of our workforce and programs is enabled by our emphasis on creativity, teaming, technical leadership, and continuous learning within a small team environment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Engineering Expertise:

Design experience in one or more of the following electrical engineering focus areas:

  • Analog Design: Fundamentals of analog components, Signal conditioning of electronic sensors, High speed analog to digital conversion

  • Digital Design : Synchronous design, synthesis, routing, simulation, testing, and technical documentation of FPGA or other digital circuits, VHDL or Verilog, Test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design and Digital circuit card design

  • RF/Microwave: RF/microwave components and their system applications (amplifiers, receivers, synthesizers); Fabrication and packaging for RF/microwave circuits and systems and Transmission lines, impedance matching, and signal integrity

  • Power Supply Design: Linear regulators as well as switch mode power DC/DC converters; power supply filtering, switching devices, protection and gate drives; power supply control theory, analysis, and testing.


Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with teams, including contributing to a transparent, mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Must be able to build and maintain effective relationships.


Demonstrated ability to innovate toward new solutions, and a passion for technical challenge that enables learning through both success and failure.


Strong written and verbal and presentation skills.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar from an ABET-accredited college or university and a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of configuration management and formal verification methods

  • Experience with space-flight hardware development and testing methods desirable.

  • Experience debugging & troubleshooting circuits/prototypes

  • For digital design candidates: Experience with digital communication systems and/or other digital signal processing and experience with high-speed digital interfaces

  • Active Q Clearance

Note to Applicants: In addition to providing a resume, applicants should also include a cover letter detailing their experience as applied to the job requirements.

Location: 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

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.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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 PolicyPolicy P701for 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 call1-505-665-4444option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC84266
Organization Name ISR-4/Space Electronics & Signal Processing
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC84266
Category: Engineering