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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Science and Applications 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.

We are seeking creative and highly motivated space ground systems software scientists to join our collaborative and dynamic team that work on a portfolio of exciting, challenging, and cutting-edge scientific and national security space missions. The Space Data Science and Systems Group (ISR-3) is an integral part of the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division and is central to all Los Alamos space projects through its core capabilities in software development, mission operations, data exploitation, machine learning, data systems development, and integration.

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory 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.

Ground software aspects of the mission areas involve some of the following general types of work.

  • Participate in development, implementation, and deployment of new, innovative technologies and methods that enable discovery science and identification of emerging national security threats

  • Lead or contribute to development and documentation of innovations and progress, for example through engineering memos, reports, journal publications, patents, copyrights, award nominations (e.g., R&D 100 Award), and presentations at project reviews and conferences.

  • Develop one or more of the following:

  • Web-based applications

  • Communication protocols

  • Scientific command, control, data acquisition, and display development for space satellites and payloads

  • Process automation, continuous integration, unit/system testing, and debug of software

  • Collaborate with technical staff at aerospace industry and other national laboratory partners to assist in developing and executing engineering & test plans for payload delivery to the spacecraft

  • Present results of work at technical meetings, peer reviews, and project reviews

  • Contribute to continuous software process improvement

  • Enhance technical and professional expertise through opportunities for continuous career development

  • Provide leadership help coach, and mentor other team members

Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)

Candidates for the Scientist 2 position on the End User Software and Operations team in ISR-3 should have a strong computational background in the areas of data management, data encoding/decoding, signal processing, programming expertise, and an enthusiasm for creative, collaborative problem solving and learning. Technical initiative, working with minimal supervision and passion for continuous learning are also important.

Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)

In addition to what was outlined at the Scientist 2 level, candidates should have experience leading a project from an innovative concept to its use or application and is expected to coach and mentor junior staff.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following computer science focus areas:

  • Web-based application development

  • Communication protocols

  • Scientific data acquisition and display development

  • Process automation, continuous integration, unit/system testing, and debug of software

  • Demonstrated ability to independently develop an innovated concept and incorporate it into a useful application

  • Experience programming in Python and C/C++ Graphical User Interface development experience

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in a team environment, express ideas clearly in written and oral communications, and work independently as well as part of a team

  • Experience with software configuration management / version control (e.g., Git/GitHub, Subversion, etc.)

  • Experience working on a small (or larger) project

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to obtain and maintain DOE Q and SCI clearances

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead an innovated concept to its application

  • Experience working as a highly effective team member on a medium or large project

  • Experience in formal software development processes

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’ degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or 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 minimum of 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in formal software development processes

  • Experience with developing software for space systems or for field deployment of instruments

  • Experience in large data‐set management and exploitation

  • Broader programming experience, such as Perl, Bash, or PyQt

  • Unix/Linux experience

  • Current DOE Q (and SCI) Clearance

Note to Applicants: In addition to submitting their CV, applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter describing their research interests and addressing the above requirements and qualifications.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

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.

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)

Additional Details

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

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Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86555
Organization Name ISR-3/Space Data Science & Systems
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Req ID: IRC86555
Category: Science