Los Alamos National Laboratory Laser Diagnostics Operator (Engineering Technologist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Engineering Technologist 1 (Optical Engineering Focus) will support the building and fielding of optical diagnostic systems to measure and characterize focused explosive experiments. The position will also support electrical diagnostics. Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Deploy, operate, and acquire data from J-3’s focused firing sites using Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) instrumentation and other optical diagnostics systems such as MPDV, TOAD, and CFBG.

  • Work independently to maintain the PDV instrumentation in proper working order.

  • Coordinate with lead experimenters in J-3 to schedule PDV measurements and deployment of optical diagnostics.

  • Archive optical diagnostic data from focused tests.

  • Perform initial data analysis and reduction from optical diagnostics used on focused tests.

  • Provide electronic and optical support for the deployment and operation of test diagnostics.

  • Work with J-3 staff to provide design, prototyping, and construction of new diagnostic, data acquisition, and control systems for firing site operations and diagnostics.

  • J Division adheres to LANL’s Conduct of Engineering, Conduct of Maintenance and Conduct of Operations policies. The selected applicant will be expected to incorporate Integrated Safety Management (ISM), Integrated Safeguards and Security Management (ISSM), and environmental stewardship in all individual and team activities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with laser systems in a safe manner.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of optical measurement systems.

  • Demonstrated experience building optical and laser-based diagnostic systems.

  • Demonstrated experience with electrical circuit and system testing and troubleshooting using electronic testing and measurement instruments (e.g. oscilloscopes and meters).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of PC-based, data acquisition and control computer systems.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering product on schedule while working on multiple projects with shifting priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving.

Desired Skills:

  • Prior experience building, deploying or using PDV, mPDV, TOAD, or CFBG systems.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of AC and DC electrical circuits including knowledge of basic electrical network behavior, electronic signal characteristics, levels, noise immunity, transmission limitations, and ground loops.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fiber optic telecommunications technology to include lasers, couplers, fiber connectors, optical circulators, detectors, optical switches, and laser amplifiers.

  • Experience with aspects of the U.S. dynamic testing program such as testing, fielding, or diagnostics.

  • Demonstrated experience working in environments with a high level of operational formality.

  • Active DOE Q Clearance.


  • Position typically requires a relevant bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Color discrimination, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear high pitched sounds, ability to hear in a normal range, sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, bending, stooping, crouching, reaching horizontally, reaching down, gripping with the hands, fine motor control, use of both hands, use of both legs, use of both arms, typing or keyboarding, carrying 30+ pounds, lifting 30+ pounds.

Work Environment:Working alone, 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 with weapons or explosives.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. Please save the cover letter with the job number and name.

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.

LANL is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes professional engineering management, and Formality of Operations and Conduct of Engineering processes, to effectively integrate high-fidelity test objects, multiple diagnostic technologies, sophisticated experiment design, and multi-disciplinary teams assembled across organizational boundaries. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

J-3, the Focused Experiments Group, concentrates on complex experiments associated with nuclear weapons subsystems, weapon systems safety experiments, and fundamental and applied experiments using the Laboratory’s firing sites and the proton radiographic (pRad) dynamic testing facility while adhering to conduct of operations. The group works with a broad customer base in the application of energetic materials and dynamic experiments supporting a wide range of nuclear weapons focused experiments and conventional/unconventional applications. J-3 delivers data for understanding metal/ high explosive interactions, supports Life Extension Programs and other Nuclear Weapon Program efforts, and develops advanced high speed diagnostics. The Group is seeking an Engineering Technologist 1.

Maximum Salary: 118200

Minimum Salary: 72500

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: J-3/Focus Experiments Division

Job Title: Laser Diagnostics Operator (Engineering Technologist 1)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61786