Los Alamos National Laboratory Protective Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This Electrical Engineering position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2 or R&D; Engineer 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.

This position is to become an electrical engineer on the Protective Systems Team in the Accelerator Operations Group (AOT-OPS) at the LANSCE Accelerator Facility division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

R&D; Engineer 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Provide maintenance and design support for major personnel and equipment protection systems and alarms at the LANSCE Accelerator Facility.

  • Participate in the design, testing, implementation and documentation (including drawings and schematics) of new protective systems, as well as modernization of legacy systems.

  • Actively design and troubleshoot a wide variety of digital, analog, and mixed signal devices. This may include working with PLCs, FGPAs, Microcontrollers, interface circuitry, PCB layout, and enclosure design.

  • Complete a formal qualification program in order to demonstrate proficiency regarding systems for which team is responsible.

  • Work closely with technicians and engineers from our own and other maintenance support teams across the facility.

  • Provide on-call support during accelerator operational periods on a rotating basis with other team members and occasionally work after hours.

  • Produce materials for technical reports, documents (including drawings and schematics), and presentations.

  • Participate in team system installation activities, which can include working outdoors and ladder climbing. Occasionally work in high radiation/contamination areas.

R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Take the lead in designing, planning, and executing R&D; projects. Will include schedule development, cost estimates, and project status reports.

  • Interact and collaborate effectively with internal and external colleagues, at the team, group, division, and laboratory levels.

  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to team members.

  • Become a Subject Matter Expert for at least two of our systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Current design experience as an electrical engineer in both analog and digital circuitry.

  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting analog and digital systems using a variety of equipment (oscilloscopes, DVM’s, function generators, etc.) detailed drawings, diagrams and/or prints.

  • Experience with in depth knowledge of PLC and relay-based interlock system design.

  • Experience with formality of operations and the ability to follow detailed procedures.

  • Experience with a major CAD or ECAD Program such as AutoCad and/or Mentor Graphics.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

  • Good oral, written and communication skills.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D; Engineer 3 level requires:

  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and create detailed action plans.

  • Experience providing technical direction to technologists, technicians, and junior engineers.

  • Project management experience including schedule development, cost estimates, and project status updates.

  • Experience in writing and reviewing technical documents such as hazard control procedures, system operating procedures, engineering design changes, and/or work permits.

Desired Skills:

  • Extensive PLC experience, including formal training in Allen-Bradley networks, ladder logic, and PanelView interface control is desirable.

  • Ability to translate electronic design projects to drawings and system/circuit description documents.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in electronic device life cycle. For example, initial requirement, simulation, prototype, testing, schematic, PCB layout, part sourcing, 3D fit and finish, acquisition and/or assembly of device, final installation, operational testing, technical documentation, and subsequent revisions/modifications.

Essential Job Functions:Vision and Speech: Color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to smell, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz).


R&D; Engineer 2: A minimum of a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited college or university.

R&D; Engineer 3: Typical requirement is an advanced degree from an ABET accredited college or university. Master of Science in electrical engineering preferred

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants MUST submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position.

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 Protective Systems Team supports the Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division, within the Operations Group (AOT-OPS). The team is responsible for engineered personnel safety and machine protection systems involving system design, maintenance, operational, and technical support of beam delivery for LANSCE, the linear accelerator (LINAC), and experimental areas.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: AOT-OPS/Accelerator Operations

Job Title: Protective Systems Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66718