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

What You Will Do

The Experimental Device Engineering and Assembly Group (W-5) is Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) premier engineering organization focused on expert assembly of experimental weapon test devices. W-5 integrates a team of highly skilled and motivated engineers, technicians, parts management specialists, hazardous materials transportation specialists, and operations specialists to safely and securely deliver high-quality assemblies meeting customer requirements. W-5 is focused on supporting the experimental programs portfolio at LANL and at Nevada National Security Site.

W-5 is currently seeking a highly motivated R&D; Engineer 2. The selected candidate will provide high explosives test device engineering for LANL’s experimental programs to include physics and engineering weapons testing programs for hydrodynamic test units, Sub-Critical test units, Flight Test units, Ground Test units, and Joint Test Assemblies. The engineer will serve as a fabrication liaison of test assembly components, participate in assembly tooling and handling of equipment and associated procurements.

The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Developing, designing, and coordinating fabrication of tooling used to assemble subassemblies to be incorporated into test device assemblies.

  • Working with weapons production agencies (e.g., Pantex, SNL) to determine the feasibility of utilizing production tooling in the assembly of test devices.

  • Performing engineering calculations to analyze safety basis of tooling used in the assembly of high explosive test devices .

  • Developing and implementing assembly procedures for assembly of high explosive test devices.

  • Working with design physicists, weapon system engineers, test engineers, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) production agencies, LANL program offices and other NNSA organizations.

Performance of job responsibilities will entail exposure to hazards that include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives, and other hazardous materials. The candidate will exercise all work activities with a commitment towards safety/security/compliance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in design, fabrication and assembly of structural mechanical systems.

  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team in a multi-discipline environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a variety of organizations.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating effectively orally and in writing.

Desired Skills:

  • Weapons engineering experience within the NNSA Weapons Complex.

  • Demonstrated professional level understanding of weapons physics design, and implementation of quality infrastructure for certification activities.

  • Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T;) methodology.

  • Demonstrated experience in computer-aided model based engineering design and analysis tools, in particular PRO-Engineer.

  • Familiarity with process procedure development and execution; formality/conduct of operations.

  • Experience with handling or operations associated with energetic materials/components.

  • Active Q Clearance.

Education:Minimum education requirement is a Bachelor of Science degree from an ABET accredited engineering program. Advanced degree is preferred.

Notes to Applicants:

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

  • Domestic travel/foreign travel may be required.

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 Weapons System Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides system engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability, and security of the US nuclear stockpile. W Division is responsible for Program Leadership and engineering design and analysis in support of the national security mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory. W Division is integral in providing programmatic and technical leadership for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring nuclear weapon stockpile, stockpile assessment, certification, and design and deployment of life extension projects.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: W-5/Experimental Device Eng & Assembly

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66640