Los Alamos National Laboratory Pulsed Power Engineer (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The DARHT (Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test) Physics, Pulsed Power, and Diagnostics Group (J-5) provides state-of-the-art analytical accelerator, pulsed power, beam-target, and radiographic physics capabilities in support of the Laboratory's hydrodynamic test mission. Core responsibilities of the group include: (1) designing, modeling, and verification of beam physics on Axis 1 and Axis 2 of DARHT; (2) simulation and experiments of beam-target interactions and Warm Dense Matter physics; (3) designing, modeling, and verification of relativistic electron diodes; (4) design and fielding of diagnostics including: pulsed power and non-invasive beam and plasma diagnostics; (5) system engineering support for the pulsed power and associated systems for both accelerator axes; (6) pulsed power design and implementation for existing and new systems, and (7) support for Scorpius, a new multi-pulse linear induction accelerator for radiographic testing. The Group is seeking a Pulsed Power Engineer.

The Pulsed Power Engineer will be assigned to the Scorpius Team in the DARHT Physics, Pulsed Power and Diagnostics Group (J-5). The successful applicant will work to develop diode technology to be integrated into the Scorpius machine’s pulsed power system. Roles and responsibilities will include:

  • Develop experiments and diagnostics to characterize parallel/series arrays of high voltage diodes in high-current pulsed power systems;

  • Work with vendors to design and manufacture next generation high voltage diode arrays based on test results;

  • Model the behavior of diode isolated high-voltage pulsed forming lines that drive nonlinear magnetic loads for a linear induction accelerator cell;

  • Engage in the development and testing of high-voltage laser-triggered pulse forming lines;

  • Engage in the development and testing of high-voltage charge units for the pulse forming lines;

  • Contribute to the testing of multi-pulse, induction cell breakdown reliability testing and perform data analysis on the results.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • At least four years of experience designing and testing high voltage diodes, semiconductor components, pulsed power systems, or developing advanced pulsed power technologies.

  • Experience in electronic circuit modeling of pulsed power systems.

  • Experience in electrostatic modeling of pulsed power components.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and in technical presentations. Demonstrated experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers. Strong teaming skills.

  • Active DOE Q-clearance or the ability to obtain and maintain a Q-clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience designing and trouble-shooting pulsed power control systems.

  • Thorough knowledge of power semiconductor topologies with emphasis on bipolar devices such as high voltage diodes, IGBTs, and BJTs.

  • Deep understanding of silicon (Si) and silicon carbide (SiC) device physics, fundamental behavior, and manufacturing processes.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research in developing modular semiconductor pulsed power technologies.

Education:This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis in pulsed power science/engineering and a minimum of five years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A PhD in electrical engineering is strongly preferred for this position. The engineering degree must be from an Accredited Board or Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program

Notes to Applicants:

Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with 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.

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 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.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Stults, Diane M

Organization Name: J-5: DARHT PHYSICS AND PULSE POWER

Email: dmstults@lanl.gov

Job Title: Pulsed Power Engineer (R&D; Engineer 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68759