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

What You Will Do

The Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division provides leadership in the Laboratory’s core capability of Accelerators and Electrodynamics. Accelerators and Electrodynamics capability enables charged particle acceleration through controlled utilization of electromagnetic fields, supporting National Security missions involving radiographic imaging, remote measurements of electromagnetic signatures, and development of new capabilities. In particular, the Accelerator and Electrodynamics Group (AOT-AE) within AOT 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. The group is actively pursuing a number of advanced science and technology projects including LDRD and 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.

As a member of AOT-AE, the successful applicant is expected to work on AOT-AE portfolio of activities including the MaRIE accelerator and high-power hard X-ray FEL. Based on the technical background, expertise and experience, this may include but not limited to simulation, design, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of photo-injector, normal / superconducting accelerator, transport beamlines, FEL systems including undulator and X-ray optics, various beamline components such as magnets, droop corrector etc, diagnostics, and interfacing with subsystem-level articles.

This 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.

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

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Perform basic accelerator focused functions such as modeling, design, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of photo-injector, normal/superconducting accelerator, transport beamlines, FEL systems including undulator and X-ray optics, various beamline components such as magnets, droop corrector etc, diagnostics, and interfacing with subsystem-level articles.

  • Work interactively with technical staff, designers, and technicians to ensure successful and timely completion of project tasks.

  • Document, publish and present technical work in conferences and workshops

  • Collaborate with other Group and Division personnel and ensure quality product

  • Must be willing to partake in hands-on work and work occasionally at odd hours

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

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 3 will be required to:

  • Coordinate task/project activities, provide technical guidance and direct others to accomplish timely deliverables

  • Lead technical effort of a small multidisciplinary team and interface effectively across subsystems

  • Perform basic project functions such as development of schedule and cost estimates, status reporting etc.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Relevant experience in one or more of the following accelerator-science/engineering areas: simulation, design, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of photo-injector, normal/superconducting accelerator cavities, FEL systems including undulator and X-ray optics, various beamline components and diagnostics.

  • Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously and effectively with technical/scientific staff, designers and technicians.

  • Demonstrated experience in ensuring successful and timely completion of assignments and/or projects.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, verbal and interpersonal skills

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:

  • Demonstrated skills and substantial experience in the field of accelerator science and technology as evidenced from publications/records

  • Demonstrated project experience i.e., plan (schedule and cost), report and complete assigned project tasks on schedule and on time

  • Experience in leading small technical team and managing multiple priorities of varying scopes and duration.

Desired Skills:

  • Work experience in a national/international accelerator Laboratory/Facility

  • Working knowledge of and with laser and SRF accelerating structure

Education: Aminimum of a Masters Degree in Engineering or Physics from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required. PhD is preferred.

Essential Job Functions: Gripping with the hands, typing or keyboarding.

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

Notes to Applicants: Each applicant must submit a cover letter addressing each of the required skills along with a resume.

Additional Details:

Clearance: U(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.

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 a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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 and engineering towards its mission imperative of national security. LANL fulfills its mission role of national security stewardship by ensuring the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to detect, monitor and defend from threats of weapons of mass destruction, and providing innovative solutions in the frontiers of energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Leyba, Deborah Lee (Debbie)

Organization Name: AOT-AE/Accelerators & Electrodynamics

Email: dleyba@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65840