Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Engineer 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The W76 Systems Engineering Group (W-2) is responsible for technical and programmatic oversight of the W76 Nuclear Weapon Systems (W76-0, W76-1, and W76-2) and the UK Trident Program. The selected candidate will serve as a System Engineer within the W76 Systems Engineering Group and will be responsible for the management and technical leadership of the LANL W76-1/W76-2 Mk4B Retrofit project team which is part of a joint Navy/NNSA stockpile development program. LANL’s Mk4B team is essential to assessing the impact of the Mk4B retrofit on the performance and reliability of the W76-1 and W76-2 nuclear systems. LANL with its NNSA and Navy partners is executing a tailored 6.X process for qualification of the Mk4B configuration through testing, simulation, and design evaluation.
In addition to leading the Mk4B project, the successful candidate could be asked to be responsible for providing technical leadership and support for other W76 system responsibilities which include support and integration with other W76 development projects, managing and directing product definition and specification maintenance, and supporting activities relevant to the W76 annual assessment—such as surveillance data reviews and anomalous finding investigations. This position will require regular interactions with other laboratories and production agencies (PA), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and their contractors. All W76 system engineers will professionally collaborate with others throughout the group, division, laboratory and Nuclear Weapons Complex, to resolve complex technical and programmatic issues associated with the warhead while encouraging learning, teaming, mutual respect, and excellence at all levels.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Previous engineering work experience is required. Thorough knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. Stockpile is required. Direct experience with one or more of the following:
Nuclear weapon design, development, qualification, certification, assembly/production, and/or surveillance
Advanced knowledge and experience in leading experiments, including qualification and/or hydrodynamic test activities
Advanced knowledge and experience with product design engineering phases to include Development Engineering (Conceptual, Baseline, and Final Design) and Production Engineering
Advanced knowledge and experience in component or system-level surveillance (preferably applicable to the W76 or related Weapon System)
Advanced knowledge of systems engineering and requirements management principles and processes
Thorough experience with the engineering authorization system and document management systems (e.g., EA and PDMLink)
Experience leading a project with clear deliverables and milestones
Demonstrated excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities
Advanced knowledge of systems engineering and requirements management principles and processes
Leadership and Communication
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of laboratory personnel including internal and external customers, as well as experience with conflict resolution
Demonstrated ability to work with nominal supervision, as well as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment, and to interact effectively with a variety of organizations
Exceptional skills demonstrated in the following areas: problem solving, conflict resolution, and customer and stakeholder interactions
Education/Experience: Position requires a Master’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Experience with assembly practices, modeling, or analysis tools applicable to the W76 or other weapon systems
Ability to read and interpret engineering design drawings and effectively apply fundamental problem analysis skills
Demonstrated experience interacting with one or more DOE Production Agencies
Seasoned experience interacting with and presenting to upper level LANL management, NNSA and US Navy customers
Project management training and/or prior experience with planning, executing, and completing complex activities within scope, schedule, and budget.
An Active Q clearance, or the ability to obtain an Active Q Clearance
Work Environment: Frequent domestic travel
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
COVID Vaccine :
The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
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 .
Note to Applicants:
Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).
A frequent amount of travel may be required due to programmatic complexity and frequent interactions with various National Security Enterprise (NSE) PAs, NNSA and United States Navy customers.
Applicant must currently hold a Q Clearance with Sigma 15 authorization, or have the ability to obtain a Q clearance and Sigma 15 authorization.
Where You Will Work
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 weapon life cycle. W Division is responsible for a broad suite of stockpile refurbishment, maintenance, surveillance and assessment activities. Major active programs include support for current (legacy) stockpile systems, as well as Life Extension Program (LEP) leadership for the future stockpile.
The W76 Systems Engineering Group (W-2) is responsible for technical and programmatic oversight of matters pertaining to the submarine launched ballistic missile W76 nuclear weapon system.
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE 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: 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.
Contact Name Maestas, Megan Sue Shannon
Vacancy Name: IRC94712
Organization Name W-2/W76
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC94712