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

What You Will Do

The Weapon Systems Engineering Division Production Liaison Group is the Design Agency (DA) representative to the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) Production Agencies (PA) and is responsible for the oversight and execution of design definition and configuration management of the LANL-designed nuclear explosive package production at the PAs.

This will be a permanent duty station at the National Security Campus (NSC) located near Kansas City Missouri. The successful applicant will work closely with the NSC PA personnel at all levels to ensure design requirements are fulfilled throughout the development, process prove-in, and production phases.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Primary responsibilities will be in support of weapons component production, W76 LEP production, the B61 LEP qualification and production, W88 Alteration 370 qualification and production and future system studies. Activities may include assisting with hardware provisioning for local, joint, and hydro tests, and system engineering support for Product definition.

  • Provide the primary technical interface between the NSC PA and the LANL Design Agency systems engineering and physics communities.

  • Provide guidance to assist with production activities (manufacture and assembly) for weapon components and systems.

  • Work directly with the PA to resolve issues relating to nuclear weapon production and integrity.

  • Provide engineering expertise and resolve technical and programmatic issues associated with weapons systems as deemed appropriate by the W-8 Group Leader.

  • Interface with colleagues at other laboratories and their contractors and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

  • Participate in PA Site Reviews and Parts Status meetings.

  • Coordinate and approve PA procedure/process changes.

  • Participate as required in the Qualification of production activities, Product Realization Teams (PRT) and issuance of Engineering Authorizations (EAs).

  • Mentor less experienced personnel, team with other personnel across the NSE, and present work objectives and results at all levels to internal and external management and customers.

  • Lead PRTs during the concurrent engineering/process development, process prove-in, engineering evaluation, qualification and production phases.

  • Represent LANL at numerous programmatic meetings and assist as the lead and/or participate in any special projects required by LANL management.

  • Support scaled experiment production efforts.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated application of engineering principles providing solutions in one or more of the following disciplines; material science, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience of assembly and inspection techniques applicable to the W76, B61, W88 or the W78 Weapon System.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as the ability to be an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret mechanical drawings and specifications.

  • Demonstrated ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and fostering successful cross-organizational teams to solve complex problems.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of National Security Enterprise (NSE) personnel including internal and external customers to provide solutions to complex problems.

Desired Skills(skills that are nice to have, but not necessary)

  • Knowledge of the W76, B61, W88 and W78 weapon systems with regards to production and surveillance. An understanding of nuclear physics principles is desirable.

  • Experience with the engineering authorization system, document management systems (e.g., PDM Link) and applications to stockpile maintenance.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more NSE Production Agencies.

  • Demonstrated experience managing execution of large-budget programmatic efforts using standard project controls’ principles.

  • Derivative Classifier (DC) experience.

Education:A minimum of a BS in engineering from an ABET accredited college or university required. Typical educational requirement is an advanced degree in engineering from an accredited college or university.

Notes to Applicants(If needed)

  • This will be a new permanent duty station at the National Security Campus (NSC) located near Kansas City Missouri.

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of this position.

  • Domestic Travel: Some travel will be required to perform required training and other activities at LANL.

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. 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

This will be a new permanent duty station at the National Security Campus (NSC) located near Kansas City Missouri. 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.

Weapon Systems Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides systems engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our nation's nuclear stockpile for the entire life cycle. W Division is responsible for leadership of activities in stockpile assessment, certification, and life extension projects.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: W-8/ Production Liaison (W-8)

Job Title: R&D; Engineer 3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62997