Los Alamos National Laboratory Signals & Phenomenology Engineer (R&D Engineer 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 2 or R&D; Engineer 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 R&D; engineer to participate in the execution of our portfolio of cutting-edge research programs in remote-sensing, with special emphasis in signal processing and phenomenology. Relevant technologies include: vibrometry, radio frequency (RF) emissions, spectral sensing, high-speed imaging, ultra-low-light imaging including advanced photon counting detectors, 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:

  • Development of algorithms and techniques for processing time-series and optical imaging data, signal detection and characterization, and high-level statistical inference in data intensive settings

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

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

  • Design of innovative RF, vibration, and optical sensors and instruments using both improved concepts based on demonstrated physics principles and the development of new detection principles

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

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

R&D; Engineer 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

  • 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 and/or optical systems such as antennas, electronics, sensors, focal plane arrays, cameras, optics, lasers, data acquisition, and instrumentation.

  • 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 reports

  • Ability to conduct field experiments at various national and potentially international locations

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

Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D; Engineer 3 level requires:

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

  • Demonstrated ability in signals phenomenology modeling, detection, and measurement, in RF, optical, or vibrometry

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

  • Fourier techniques

  • Compressive sensing

  • Blind-source separation

  • Multi-sensor fusion

  • DSP with real-time processing emphasis

  • Sparse-array detection and algorithms

  • Demonstrated experience with the development of novel signal/image processing algorithms

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

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with the development or deployment of remote-sensing RF and/or optical sensors

  • Experience with data acquisition and management of large data sets

  • Experience with laser-based remote sensing

  • Experience with instrument response characterization, calibration, and optimization


R&D; Engineer 2: Graduate degree (PhD or Master’s) in electrical engineering, optical engineering, physics or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

R&D; Engineer 3: Requirements for R&D; Engineer 2 and significant record of professional scientific/engineering 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.

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: Signals & Phenomenology Engineer (R&D; Engineer 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC63898