Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Test Engineer (R&D Engineer 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Work in the Weapons Test Engineering group (Q-14) of the Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q) as a R&D; Test Engineer in charge of designing and executing tests in support of the weapons program. Testing activities require working in a team environment with other engineers, scientists, and technicians within LANL, DOE, DoD, and other institutions to perform successful test operations that include designing tests and some associated equipment in order to meet testing requirements, writing test plans and technical procedures, ensuring test equipment is available and properly setup, working with appropriate personnel to execute tests, ensuring test data is collected and analyzed, and writing test reports. Specific test environments include but are not limited to shock, vibration, rotation, impact, modal, load/deflection testing, pressure, thermal including fire, and confined high explosive driven tests. Compliance with LANL and facility safety and security practices, and delivering accurate test results in a team effort are central to all testing efforts.

Performance of job responsibilities will require working in controlled hazardous environments that may include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives, and other hazardous materials. The ability to provide clear, timely, and technically accurate direction to test support technicians is part of the job duties. Testing operations are conducted at LANL and at other institutions and test facilities including Sandia National Laboratories.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Design engineering tests to meet testing requirements

  • Set up test equipment for tests

  • Author test plans, technical procedures and test reports

  • Execute tests that may include High Explosives, radioactive material and other hazardous materials

  • Adapt to evolving R&D; requirements while meeting safety, security, compliance, and schedule imperatives.

  • Mentor early career staff, postdocs, and students.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of test engineering including test design, planning, preparation, execution, data reduction and analysis, customer interfacing, and documenting of experimental work.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in the use of specialized engineering software for data acquisition and analysis, such as MATLAB, LabView, Origin, or other similar software.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of engineering design and analysis of components, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods.

  • Experience with fabrication methods and equipment for obtaining/measuring required component attributes.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and with changing priorities while delivering multiple products on schedule.

  • Ability to accomplish technical tasks while working independently or as part of a team with other engineers, scientists, and technicians.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and experience interacting with all levels of personnel and customers.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of dynamic measurements, measurement techniques, instrumentation, and digital signal processing techniques.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of experimental and analytical modal analysis including modal analysis test methods, curve fitting, input and response location optimization and extraction of modal parameters.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of transfer path analysis, dynamic sub-structuring and analytical or numerical modeling of dynamic systems.

  • Experience with operations or tests involving high explosives.

  • Demonstrated experience in nuclear weapons testing and qualification.

  • Demonstrated operational testing experience in environments with high explosives.

  • Experience with quality assurance implementation in a test environment.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead and down, bending, stooping, and lifting 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment:Position involves working around and possibly handling high explosives as well as being near sources of non-ionizing radiation.

Education:A minimum of a BS in engineering (MS or PhD preferred) from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required; advanced degree in engineering preferred.

Notes to Applicants(If needed)

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

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

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.

Weapon Stockpile Modernization Division (Q Division) provides systems engineering and program management to develop and field qualified engineering solutions to improve the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile throughout the weapon life cycle. Q Division is responsible for leadership of activities in LANL weapons program life extension and alternation projects, as well as in projects to increase technological options for customers’ future stockpile requests or needs.

The Q-14 group is responsible for execution of experimental tests in support of our weapon systems. Environments include thermal, shock, vibration, rotation, force loads, strain, and pressure. The group utilizes many specialized testing facilities and equipment to accomplish the required testing environments including but not limited to electrodynamic shakers, thermal chambers, load frames, drop towers, centrifuges, blast tubes, digital image correlation, etc.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: Q-14/ Weapons Test Engineer

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Test Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC63057