Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Data Processing Scientist (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 (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Are you passionate about contributing to a high functioning, inter-disciplinary team to address the challenging issues of national interest? We are seeking a creative and highly motivated Space Data Processing Scientist to join our collaborative and dynamic team! As a Scientist 2 / 3 you will work on a portfolio of exciting, challenging, and cutting-edge scientific and national security space missions. The Space Data Science & Systems Group (ISR-3) is an integral part of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has core capabilities in software development, mission operations, data exploitation, data systems development and integration.
ISR Division has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for over 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral CubeSat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing.
Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
As a Scientist 2 you may be called to perform the following types of work:
Collaborate on the development of software for automated and on-demand processing of spacecraft and instrument telemetry data into useful information products
Develop and implement scientific algorithms for data processing
Develop test suites for verifying and/or validating data processing software
Document software through reports and self-documenting source code
Provide support and maintenance of data processing pipelines
Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
In addition to above, Scientist 3 responsibilities include:
Lead large, complex software development tasks
Contribute to or lead proposals through internal and external sponsors for new mission proposals or development of new capabilities that support existing missions
Contribute to peer review of work of others across organizations or disciplines
Mentor junior team members
Participate in project planning and execution with project leadership
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
System Knowledge: Unix/Linux Operating System experience.
Communication and Teaming: Demonstrated ability to contribute to an effective team and interact with colleagues with diverse professional, educational, and experience backgrounds. Excel at working with others and fully engaged team player. Effective written and oral skills. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment .
Technical Knowledge: Software development experience using high-level languages (Python, C, C++, etc.) in a team environment using revision control tools (SVN, GIT, etc.).
Software Development: Experience with a formal software development process. Experience with development/maintenance of data processing pipelines.
Learning: Demonstrated enthusiasm to learn within a creative, highly supportive, collaborative environment. This position offers a rich opportunity to both learn and teach.
Safety and security: are the highest priority for executing work at Los Alamos. Candidate must have a demonstrated record of commitment to safety, security, and the environment.
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:
In addition to the minimum job requirements outlined above, the Scientist 3 also requires:
Leadership: Experience leading software development multi-person projects to meet scope, schedule, and budget.
Education/Experience at lower level : Positions requires a Bachelor’ degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level : Position requires a Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Experience with satellite sensors and programs
Experience developing scientific algorithms, esp. related to spacecraft
Experience working with sensitive or classified information
Experience with one of the following areas: IDL programming, SQL database administration, or web development
Candidates who already possess a DOE “Q” and TS/SCI clearances would be able to quickly contribute to our work
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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:
Interested applicants must include a cover letter and resume detailing how they meet the minimum requirements of the position.
Please note this position will require travel.
Where You Will Work
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Vacancy Name: IRC94252
Organization Name ISR-3/Space Data Science & Systems
Req ID: IRC94252