Los Alamos National Laboratory RF Phenomenology Scientist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or Scientist 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.

The Space and Remote Sensing Group (ISR-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a qualified Scientist to participate in the execution of our portfolio of cutting-edge research programs in remote-sensing, with special emphasis in measurement, signal processing and phenomenology. Relevant technologies include: vibrometry, radio frequency (RF) emissions, spectral sensing, and other passive/active remote sensing approaches. Areas of research and development that the successful candidate will participate in include one or more of the following:

Exceptional candidates may be considered for a higher-level position, and additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher-level position.

Scientist 2($87,800-$144,800):

Work as part of a diverse team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary technical environment and provide written and oral communications to individuals at the Lab and the DOE enterprise.

Work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Development of algorithms and techniques for processing time-series and spectral data, signal detection and characterization, modulations/demodulation, and high-level statistical inference in data intensive settings

  • Source-to-sensor modeling, including modeling of source physics, signal propagation, sensor performance, and validation of data processing and analysis algorithms

  • Scientific and statistical analysis of data coupled with theoretical modeling and understanding the underlying RF emission and propagation physics

  • Design of innovative RF instruments using improved concepts based on demonstrated physics principles and the development of new detection principles

  • Conduct field experiments at various national and potentially international locations

Scientist 3(96,600-161,300):

In addition to the job responsibilities outlined above, the Scientist 3 will:

  • Identify, promote, and develop appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities

  • Provide leadership for scientific work including publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Mentor junior staff

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scientist 2:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with conducting basic and/or applied research or technical work that is relevant to one or more of the above programs and focus areas

  • Experience with the application of basic techniques in signal processing or statistical detection theory

  • Some combination of experience with RF or other instrumentation such as antennas, software defined radios, electronics, sensors, lasers, or data acquisition

  • Some experience with applied computing to process, analyze, and interpret data, and demonstrable knowledge of one or more scientific programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Python, Matlab, IDL)

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a team environment and ability to work independently

  • Demonstrated ability to express ideas clearly in written and oral communications including a history of contributing to technical papers and/or reports

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires U.S. citizenship)

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 level requires:

  • Some combination of experience with applied mathematics, scientific data analysis, and the practical use of numerical algorithms for analysis and interpretation of data sets (e.g. imaging, time-series, spectral, etc.)

  • Demonstrated experience with algorithms development and commensurate experience with applied computing to collect, process, analyze, and/or interpret data with some combination of the following:

  • Automated data collection

  • In-situ processing (edge computing)

  • Fourier techniques

  • Compressive sensing

  • Blind-source separation

  • Multi-sensor fusion, including interferometry

  • Digital Signal Processing with real-time processing emphasis

  • Sparse-array detection and algorithms

  • Demonstrated experience with the development of innovative signal processing algorithms or approaches

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize physical models of RF/Optical/IR/UV signal generation, propagation, and sensing in order to design effective signal detection and processing algorithms

Desired Skills:

Experience in one or more of the following are desired:

  • Demonstrated experience with the development or deployment of remote-sensing RF sensors or measurement systems

  • Experience with data acquisition and management of large data sets

  • Experience with laser-based remote sensing

  • Experience with instrument response characterization, calibration, and optimization


Scientist 2: Graduate degree (PhD or Master’s) in physics, physical sciences, mathematical science or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Scientist 3: Requirements for Scientist 2 and significant record of professional scientific work experience and accomplishment.

Notes to Applicants:In addition to a resume, candidates must submit a cover letter addressing the specific job requirements and desired skills. Applications without this letter will not be considered.

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.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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.

ISR‐2 is a research and development group that innovates and implements novel remote sensing concepts (optical, infrared and RF) in the support of global security and to conduct scientific research in a variety of related fields. The group maintains multi‐disciplinary programs in theory, modeling, instrumentation, experimentation, field deployment, and data analysis and exploitation.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-2/Space & Remote Sensing

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: RF Phenomenology Scientist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65702