Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2/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.

The Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division provides leadership in the Laboratory’s core capability of Accelerators and Electrodynamics. The Accelerators and Electrodynamics group (AOT-AE) leverages the discipline of electrodynamics for the benefit of present and future LANL missions in national security, discovery science, and nuclear weapons. AOT-AE anticipates, innovates, and executes high-impact, breakthrough science and engineering as a core Laboratory capability. By leveraging competencies found only at LANL, we strengthen technical innovation within the Directorate and strive to be a worldwide leader in accelerator and electrodynamics technology.

AOT-AE pursues new ideas and concepts that align with Laboratory mission. Our members possess interdisciplinary expertise, entrepreneurialism, and enthusiasm. As a single group, we rapidly form dynamic, exceptionally capable teams that anticipate and adapt to future challenges, needs, and opportunities. The group depends on a culture of collaboration, communication, accountability, and the desire to explore new, visionary ideas.

Most National Security missions involve an electrodynamics capability to some degree. This includes radiographic imaging, remote measurements of electromagnetic signatures, and development of new capabilities. AOT-AE provides operational support to the 800-MeV linear RF accelerator and the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) proton accelerator complex, and conducts applied research and development in accelerator-focused technologies as they apply to Free Electron Lasers, National Security Science programs, and future accelerator missions. In this context, the group is actively pursuing a number of advanced science and technology projects including a comprehensive RF effects testing facility, LDRD and the Laboratory’s signature facility project MaRIE (Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes). Additionally, the group fosters and participates in worldwide collaborations, workshops, and conferences in the interest of exploring and pushing the frontiers in accelerator science and technology.

RF Engineer 2 ($87,800 – $144,800)

As a member of AOT-AE, the successful applicant will support AOT-AE’s diverse portfolio of activities that range from core accelerator maintenance tasks to targeted improvements in electromagnetics capability and support of R&D; activities that address technology gaps in core mission areas of the Laboratory. The focus of this assignment is radio frequency engineering, as detailed below. S/he may work in areas involving high consequences for safety; e.g., high power lasers, high magnetic fields, accelerators, high voltage capacitor banks, or X-ray systems. Work may be related to national security objectives, requiring the individual to presently hold a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance (preferred), or to be capable of receiving a Q security clearance and willing to undergo the clearance process (acceptable).

RF Engineer 2 ($87,800 – $144,800)

As a member of AOT-AE, the successful applicant will support AOT-AE’s diverse portfolio of activities that range from core accelerator maintenance tasks to targeted improvements in electromagnetics capability and support of R&D; activities that address technology gaps in core mission areas of the Laboratory. The focus of this assignment is radio frequency engineering, as detailed below. S/he may work in areas involving high consequences for safety; e.g., high power lasers, high magnetic fields, accelerators, high voltage capacitor banks, or X-ray systems. Work may be related to national security objectives, requiring the individual to presently hold a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance (preferred), or to be capable of receiving a Q security clearance and willing to undergo the clearance process (acceptable).

RF Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

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

  • Conduct experimental tests, computer simulations, and/or theoretical modeling of various electromagnetic phenomena. Projects include free-space propagation, antenna, and coupling problems, sometimes involving exotic materials (nonlinear materials, plasmas) or environments. Projects also included bounded scenarios, including waveguides, resonant cavities, and exotic lossy materials.

  • Experimentalists will use test equipment (network analyzers, etc.) over a wide range of RF frequencies, conducting their own R&D; tests, and bring to fruition projects from conceptualization to final results. Simulators and theoreticians will hold similar responsibility to tackle new R&D; concepts from inception to completion.

  • Work in cooperative expert-based teams, with regular progress reports and technical discussions, and also work independently to pursue unexplored concepts including overcoming hurdles and technical challenges.

  • Utilize computer resources as needed to meet programmatic deliverables. This may include mechanical design, electrical analysis, data analysis, mathematical modeling, programming, project management, and/or plotting.

  • Maintain a high degree of safety and security awareness, following regulations commensurate with a complex security laboratory environment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience conducting experimental tests, computer simulations, and or theoretical modeling of multiple electromagnetic phenomena.

  • Experience with test equipment (network analyzers, etc) or several standard simulation programs such as CST Microwave Studio, MICHELLE, etc.. Comfort with standard office-suite software is a minimum.

  • Demonstrated expertise in presenting highly complex technical information to audiences from different technical backgrounds, as well as to technical experts in appropriate detail.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to integrate with interdisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists.

  • Self-motivated employees who are eager to expand their skill sets to future programs. Self-driven employees who are able to independently overcome problems in an R&D; setting with evolving projects.

  • Willingness to work on problems related to the US nuclear stockpile, Threat Reduction technologies, and Defense mission efforts.

  • Effective teamwork with technical/scientific staff, including project leaders, designers, and technicians (e.g., excellent verbal, verbal and interpersonal skills, history of successful and timely completion of assignments, documentation tasks, and projects);

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance.

Additional Job Requirements for RF Engineer 3:In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the RF Engineer 3 level requires:

  • Experience creating experimental tests, computer simulations, and or theoretical modeling of multiple electromagnetic phenomena.

  • Significant experience with test equipment (network analyzers, etc) or several standard simulation programs such as CST Microwave Studio, MICHELLE, etc..

  • Extensive experience presenting highly complex technical information to audiences from different technical backgrounds, as well as to technical experts in appropriate detail.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with free-space problems (antennas, coupling), bounded problems (resonant cavities, lossy materials), or exotic materials (plasmas, metamaterials)

  • Work experience in microwave and/or RF component industry

  • Experience working on classified projects

  • Experience in design and testing of custom, purpose-built electronic assemblies

  • Strong history of technical results for presentation in conferences and workshops

RF Engineer 2 Education Required: Bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

RF Engineer 2 Education Required: Advanced degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program, Ph.D preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Hands-on experimental work, assembly, and measurements; typing or keyboarding.

Work Environment: Work with or near energized equipment, and/or electrical power sources.

Notes to Applicants: To be considered applicants MUST submit a cover letter addressing each of the Minimum Job Requirements along with a resume.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Nelsen, Ashley Nicole

Organization Name: AOT-AE / Accelerators & Electrodynamics

Email: anelsen@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66795