Los Alamos National Laboratory Systems Scientist (Scientist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Intelligence & Space Research (ISR) Division seeks a Scientist 1 to support multiple development programs. Major ISR programs include satellite-based nuclear detonation detection (SNDD) programs, Space Exploration programs, and others.

Duties include:

  • Analyzing, designing and developing space systems to ensure the system-wide integration of hardware, software, reliability, maintainability, safety and other requirements in the total development effort

  • Ensuring and sustaining established systems engineering processes and logistics principles that are being executed, including artifact generation (e.g. specifications, Interface Control Documents, System Architecture Descriptions, Trade Studies, etc.)

  • Conducting system functional and technical requirements analyses and utilizing the results to support system engineering products

  • Translating requirements into validation and verification plans, processes, and procedures in the context of a system integration and test plan

  • Working and coordinating with spacecraft host developers and/or launch vehicle providers to develop and execute integration and test plans

  • Documenting system level requirements, validation and verification, and integration & test results in reports and briefings to be presented to various project and program stakeholders

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the following with respect to satellite hardware: modern systems engineering, development and realization of high reliability instrumentation, integration and testing of complex instrumentation systems

  • Demonstrated experience working with complex instrumentation project teams

  • Demonstrated experience with two or more of the following: specification, requirements definition and documentation, verification and validation, hardware quality assurance standards

  • Working knowledge of verification, test, integration, and deployment phases of satellite hardware development projects

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills

  • The ability to work independently and in a team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with satellite‐based instrumentation systems development

  • Experience performing mission, functional, cost‐benefit and risk analysis

  • Active Q Clearance

  • Active Q‐SCI Clearance desired

Education:Minimum of a B.S. in Physics, Aerospace or related technical degree from an accredited engineering college or university program and 2‐4 years of related experience; or master’s degree from an accredited engineering college or university program.

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.

LANL has been developing, building, and operating space based systems for over 50 years. Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. The Space Instrument Realization Group (ISR‐5) provides engineering and technical expertise to support the development and deployment of space-based custom instrumentation for national security applications. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects within ISR division are developed from concept to operational support after launch or field deployment.

Maximum Salary: 131000

Minimum Salary: 80100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Frary, Suzanne R

Organization Name: ISR-5/Space Instrumentation Realization

Email: suzannef@lanl.gov

Job Title: Systems Scientist (Scientist 1)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66203