Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Process Controls team supports the Engineering Technology and Design Division (E), within the Process Automation and Control Group (E-3) which is responsible for the design, development, and field support of data acquisition systems, process control systems, machine control systems, and safety systems used for Pu Sustainment Programs as well as a variety of additional programs throughout the Laboratory. Principal responsibilities will be to provide electrical design engineering and support of control system hardware components and software controls for newly developed data acquisition and control systems. Systems range from standalone commercial controller-based equipment to large distributed computer-based systems. Some work will be conducted in a radiological area.
R&D Engineer 2 ($89,900 - $148,300)
The successful candidate will:
Design instrumentation and control systems for programmatic and production process lines.
Perform electrical analysis and calculations for signals and power for R&D equipment rack designs.
Utilize commercial software tools to program automated operation of process equipment.
Interpret and understand design drawing packages.
Provide fabrication and troubleshooting guidance to technicians.
Produce materials for technical reports, documents, presentations, and concept papers.
R&D Engineer 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)
In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Engineer 3 will be required to:
Provide technical guidance in control system design techniques to junior engineers and technicians.
Lead the design efforts of small multi-disciplinary teams.
Provide schedule development, cost estimates, and project status to program offices.
Contribute to the development of new control system and electrical design techniques to be implemented on new projects.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
We are looking for an engineer with experience in the areas of design and implementation of signal conditioning electronics, analog and digital I/O, and software development. You will need hands-on knowledge of National Instruments LabVIEW, National Instruments hardware platforms including CompactRIO, CompactDAQ, and/or PXI. Experience with Ethernet industrial communications, RS485 and RS232 communications. Experience and knowledge of equipment rack design, power supplies, and electrical power distribution.
As a system designer, you will need excellent oral and written communication skills, a keen ability to communicate and coordinate technical specificiations and timelines. You will need to demonstrate your utilization of tact, diplomacy, discretion, and attention to detail. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, and a record of dealing effectively with potential difficult situations. Demonstrated willingness to accept flexibility in work assignments.
Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
To qualify at the R&D engineer 3 level, you will need to be able to demonstrate your experience in LabVIEW Object Oriented Development, including basic and advanced architectures, the use of queues, state machine design, event structures and event handling. We also need you to discuss your previous work with the design and development of Data Acquisition hardware such as National Instruments hardware, LabVIEW PXI chassis, various interface cards, oscilloscopes, and digital multi-meters. Share your experience with LabVIEW development to include custom drivers for various equipment, FPGA development and troubleshooting. Demonstrate your ability to define, design, develop, test, debug, and maintain LabVIEW code for machine control software.
As a level 3, the position requires someone who can work with limited oversight, demonstrate appropriate initiative, and make decisions. This position is comprised of information that needs to be organized, analyzed, and tracked for weapon test success. You will need to have extensive experience developing a schedule, estimating cost, and using effective methods to track and convey information to a variety audiences. You should also have experience developing project plans and providing leadership to project teams and be able to show how you have brought projects to successful outcomes. You will need to have demonstrated knowledge in business operations across a large business environment, and the ability to recommend solutions on problems affecting design and production.
Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.
An outstanding candidate will have with experience with developing SCADA systems utilizing cRIO real-time controller, working knowledge of Software Quality Assurance standards, and experience applying agile software development practices. Have experience utilizing Delacor Queued Message Handler (DQMH). ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems.
An outstanding candidate will have experience with electrical design packages (AutoCAD). Please share your working knowledge of NFPA 70 National Electrical Code and NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
An exceptional candidate will have advanced knowledge of industrial chemical processes such as electrorefining.
E Division prides itself on providing professional, courteous, and competent customer service to all internal and external customers. We are seeking someone with superior customer service skills –who can build rapport at all levels. Have the ability to develop and nurture effective internal customer relationships, and to interact effectively with all levels of personnel; building trust, gaining consensus, and resolving conflicts.
DOE Standards and Policies
We would like to hear about your knowledge of engineering principles and procedures, safety basis interaction, design guides, standards, and administrative practices as applied to DOE non-reactor nuclear facilities.
DOE Q Clearance preferred.
Training/Certifications: Certified LabVIEW Developer or LabVIEW Architect preferred. Human Reliability Program (HRP) certification preferred
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, distance vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range, sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, climbing stairs, typing or keyboarding, fine motor control, carrying 5-10 pounds.
Note to Applicants: Each applicant must submit a cover letter addressing the required skills along with a resume.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
Where You Will Work Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid maternity and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.
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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name King, Elanda Nicole
Vacancy Name: IRC86000
Organization Name E-3/Process Automation & Control
Req ID: IRC86000