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

What You Will Do

Due to expanding programmatic work in core capability areas related to power electronics, pulsed power, and advanced RF concepts, we are searching for the right candidate(s) to join our Group who is interested in making a difference to national security. The ideal R&D; Engineer will have broad experience/knowledge base with significant depth in multiple technical areas described below, and is able to immediately contribute to, lead, and/or develop projects. Research will be conducted at Q and SCI levels with the Group consisting of approximately 45 full-time staff from various educational backgrounds including chemists, electrical and mechanical engineers, designers, technicians, physicists, and students. The engineer will also be expected to work across the breadth of Laboratory resources and expertise to most effectively execute.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated aptitude through either coursework and advanced studies, or previous experience in Line and Facility power systems, Power Electronics, Analog or Digital Design, Pulsed Power Design, RF/Microwave, and/or Embedded Systems.

  • Facility power systems experience/knowledge of distribution, conversion, protection, and end use to include transformers, AC/DC conversion, VFD’s/VSD’s, filtering and protection, and single/three-phase supply.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with time and frequency domain acquisition (oscilloscopes, network analyzer, signal generators, spectrum analyzer, TDR) and analysis techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with design & analysis tools, such as simulation tools, electromagnetic design tools, schematic capture, printed circuit board layout and signal integrity analysis tools.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with advanced system design, and data analysis tools, such as Matlab and LabVIEW.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team with emphasis on self-initiative and technical leadership to rapidly develop high quality and proven solutions for sponsor needs.

  • Working interactively with line management, sponsors, and program managers to include financial tracking and responsibility.

  • Provide technical peer review, contribute ideas for new proposal and business development opportunities, and enhance the development of junior staff through mentorship and training

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with the following:

  • low noise analog design and mixed analog/digital systems

  • high speed analog to digital conversion

  • design, synthesis, routing, simulation, testing, and technical documentation of digital circuits and digital communication systems/digital signal processing

  • debugging & troubleshooting circuits/prototypes, including fault analysis

  • anechoic chambers for antenna characterization and/or RF testing

  • field collection and data analysis for RF measurements from kHz to Ghz

  • RF components and their system applications

  • fabrication and packaging for RF circuits and systems

  • antenna theory, design, modeling, implementation, and measurement

  • spark gaps, thyratrons, sprytrons, or other tube-based switches

  • high voltage capacitors and capacitor banksSCADA control hardware, software, and algorithms

  • electromagnetic design (cavities, transmission lines, waveguides)

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement advance algorithms enabling real-time analysis and response to data/sensor input

  • Experience modeling with EMTP and SPICE for power systems and circuits or COMSOL or REMCOM for field simulation

  • Experience designing high current/high voltage power electronics (SCR’s, IGBT’s, MOSFET’s, Thyristors)

  • Thorough understanding of cellular, WiFi, and network communication protocol/technologies

Education:Advanced degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program in Electrical Engineering or related Engineering discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of 5-yrs applied experience post-degree is highly desired.

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 Technology Applications Group (A-3) uses a broad range of engineering and scientific expertise to support nuclear counter proliferation (NCP), nuclear counter terrorism (NCT), nuclear emergency response (ER) missions, defense, intelligence, and emerging technologies. A-3 has a very diverse customer and program base. The Group contributes to national programs intended to protect, deter, and respond to weapons of mass destruction through tailored training and by using specialized applied electromagnetic solutions, designing/building/testing/delivering tools and trainers along with novel safing technologies, RF solutions, and cyberphysical applications.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Salyer, Reyna Linda

Organization Name: A-3/Technology Applications

Email: reyna@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Electrical Engineer (R&D; Engineer 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65698