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

What You Will Do

The Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division provides leadership in the Laboratory’s core capability of Accelerators and Electrodynamics. Accelerators and Electrodynamics enables charged particle acceleration through controlled utilization of electromagnetic fields, supporting National Security missions involving radiographic imaging, remote measurements of electromagnetic signatures, and development of new capabilities. In particular, AOT operates the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) proton accelerator complex, and conducts applied research and development in accelerator-focused technologies as they apply to Free Electron Lasers, National Security Science programs, and future accelerator missions. The Instrumentation and Controls Group (AOT-IC) within AOT performs a number of technical functions in support of AOT Division goals.

As a member of AOT-IC, the successful applicant for this position will be expected to work as a member of the Hardware Team whose primary responsibility is to support the operation of the LANSCE Facility. The successful applicant will be expected to design, prototype, install, test, and maintain new LANSCE beam diagnostic instrumentation, control, and timing systems as well as modify, upgrade and maintain existing systems. The successful candidate must communicate effectively and work independently with a minimum of supervision with the ability to assume responsibility for projects and their success. The selected individual must be willing to work occasionally at odd hours. The successful candidate will be required to assume 24 hour, on-call support of AOT-IC accelerator hardware.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and successfully complete multiple projects with conflicting and often changing priorities and deadlines.

  • Show a strong record of technical accomplishments (provide examples) and experience (3 to 5 years minimum) in the team’s technical focus areas; which are large control system development, automation system design, process controls, motion controls, data acquisition, electronics, and operations support.

  • Experience with engineering design cycle: requirements gathering, design, implementation, testing, and support.

  • Formal training in software development; i.e. Allen Bradley PLCs, National Instruments’ LabVIEW, or others.

  • Experience in FPGA and/or DSP programming.

  • Willingness to assume 24 hour, on-call support of AOT-IC accelerator hardware.

  • Demonstrate pro-active approach to safe work practices and the ability to manage work safely with demanding customers and hard deadlines.

  • Applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the job requirements of the position.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated operations and maintenance experience at an accelerator or similar large scientific facility.

  • Working knowledge and/or formal training in fiber optics technologies.

  • Working knowledge of VME, CAMAC, cRIO, timing systems, and high speed data acquisition systems.

  • Experience in the design, fabrication, procurement, and testing of electronic systems related to beam instrumentation or low-level RF systems.

  • Knowledge of and experience with component level design of RF filters, mixers, and low power amplifier circuits as well as general analog circuits.

  • Proficiency with standard RF test instrumentation.

Education:Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program in Electrical Engineering.

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.

The Accelerator Operations and Technology - Instrumentation and Controls (AOT‐IC) Group provides expertise, support, and technical leadership in diagnostic instrumentation, Electronic Computer‐Aided Design, and supervisory control and data acquisition. AOT‐IC’s primary focus is the design, and implementation of beam diagnostics, timing, control hardware, and software 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‐IC has worked on R&D; 100 award-winning 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 instrumentation, controls, and ion-source technology.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Organization Name: AOT-IC/Instrumentation & Controls

Email: anelsen@lanl.gov

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

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66238