Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Scientist 2/3 will be assigned to the Diagnostics and Data Acquisition Team. The Diagnostics and Data Acquisition Team is responsible for providing accelerator diagnostics system hardware and software support for DARHT operations.

Scientist 2($87,800 - $144,800) The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Engineering and implementing solutions to diagnostics systems and components

  • Troubleshooting and repairing operation critical accelerator diagnostics systems in a timely manner

  • Maintenance, and upgrades of the diagnostics system hardware and software

  • Providing troubleshooting and repair guidance to technicians

  • Producing technical reports, documents, and presentations

  • Working closely with other technical staff to ensure reliable performance at DARHT

  • Adhering to the principles of Formality of Operations including Conduct of Operations, Conduct of Maintenance, Conduct of Engineering, and Conduct of Training

Scientist 3 ($96,600 - $161,300) In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will be responsible for:

  • Leading research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of diagnostics engineering technology solutions for DARHT, and other accelerators

  • Leading troubleshooting, and upgrade activities of DARHT systems relevant to DARHT and other accelerators

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with data acquisition systems, data analysis, and high voltage and current measurement techniques

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working with electronic equipment, network analyzers, scientific cameras, lasers and timing systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in requirements’ determination, analysis, and documentation of systems

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Engineering principles and procedures, design guides, appropriate standards, and administrative practices

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

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

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience successfully leading technical projects or teams

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in leading, mentoring, and training technical staff

  • Extensive programming experience with high level languages such as IDL, Python, Matlab, and Labview

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with data acquisition system software such as DAAAC

  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining large scale diagnostics systems

  • Experience developing diagnostics systems for an accelerator or nuclear facility, to include beam position monitors, voltage monitors, signal conditioning devices, timing systems, and analog fiber optic links.

  • Sound knowledge of engineering work planning and control methods

  • Experience working safely, under formal conduct of operations, in a large-scale, complex process facility such as a charged-particle accelerator, nuclear reactor, or chemical reactor

Scientist 2 Education required: Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in science from an accredited college or university.

Scientist 3 Education required: Typical educational requirement is an advanced degree in science from an accredited college or university.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): color discrimination, sitting, typing or keyboarding, lifting 20-30 pounds, operation of motor vehicles

Notes 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.)Anticipated travel requirements.

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 is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality hydrodynamic data with integrity and scientific excellence. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates and utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

The DARHT Physics, Pulsed Power, and Diagnostics Group (J-5) has ownership and responsibility for the two electron accelerators at DARHT. Responsibilities include accelerator and beam physics, pulsed-power engineering, accelerator diagnostics and data acquisition, control systems, and timing systems. For both accelerators at DARHT, J-5 personnel provide technical guidance for operations, oversee technical upgrades and maintenance, and perform research and development to improve accelerator capability, reliability and performance. Furthermore, J-5 continues to develop new technologies for DARHT and other pulsed-power or accelerator applications. The Group is seeking a Scientist 2/3.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: J-5/Integrated Weapons Experiments

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Scientist 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62657