Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Response Analyst (R&D Engineer 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

Major responsibilities of W-10 Weapon Response Analysts include developing weapon response information, coordinating with Subject Matter Expert (SMEs) to develop information, writing documentation, provide briefings on weapon response, interfacing with production engineering, hazard analysis teams, production technicians, and authorization basis analysts to support development and communication of the weapon response information. W-10 Weapon Response Analysts represents LANL’s position on our components, systems, sub-systems and assemblies. They interface with internal LANL SME’s and system owners to best represent the position of the institution in terms of safety, vulnerabilities and potential mitigation actions to protect the function and ensure the safety of our weapons. W-10 analysts consult with external laboratories including Livermore and Sandia to ensure all hazard scenarios are considered within the weapon.

Individuals applying for this job must comply with Environmental Safety and Health and security requirements, comply with administrative procedures, and accept responsibility for the proper use, control, and protection of government assets. Individuals must demonstrate mature problem solving skills and the ability to act professionally in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Comply with the requirements of the LANL Weapon Response Process (W-SE-0023U), DOE-NA-STD-3016, Hazard Analysis Reports for Nuclear Explosive Operations and U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR 830, Nuclear Safety Management (Subpart A – Quality Assurance Requirements; Subpart B – Safety Basis Requirements);

  • Work effectively as an R&D; Engineer 3 with other LANL Weapon Response Analysts, System Engineers, managers and technical professionals;

  • Work effectively with counterparts at Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pantex and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) personnel;

  • Produce high-quality deliverables (e.g., Weapons Response Technical Basis documents, Weapon Response Summary Documents, and technical reports) on schedule; and

  • Accommodate the need for moderate travel (mainly to Pantex and Sandia National Laboratories).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Engineering background as evidenced by successful completion of technical projects, technical presentations and authoring technical reports.

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated by effective interactions with all levels of management, staff, and customers.

  • Demonstrated expertise in presenting highly complex technical information to a non-technical audience in an understandable format, as well as to technical experts in appropriate detail.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan and organize assignments; to identify, address, and resolve technical problems; and to use a systematic approach in solving problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and completeness throughout assignment execution to ensure planned results are achieved;

  • Demonstrated experience working independently with minimum supervision, as well as effectively as part of a team in a multi-discipline environment.

  • Demonstrated Subject Matter Expertise in a specific area of a technical discipline, involving analysis, design and testing.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in formal hazard analysis and safety basis processes.

  • Experience in probabilistic risk assessment methodologies and applications in nuclear explosive operations.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of weapon systems, subsystems and components.

  • Familiarity with high explosives and a technical understanding of high explosives safety.

  • Demonstrated experience interacting with the other National Laboratories and Production Agencies.

  • Demonstrated experience with the engineering authorization system and document management systems (e.g., PDMLink) and their application to stockpile maintenance.

  • Familiarity with weapon response activities and an understanding of NNSA nuclear explosive operational activities (e.g., Pantex Plant nuclear explosive operations and NNSA over-the-road transportation of nuclear explosives).

  • Active Q clearance.

Education:A minimum of a BS in engineering from an Accredited Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university program is required; advanced degree in engineering (ME, EE, ChemE, NucE) preferred.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Moderate travel required.

  • For full consideration, applicants are required to submit a comprehensive cover letter detailing knowledge, skills and abilities against the required and desired skills.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

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 the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, 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.

Weapons System Engineering Division (W Division/W Program) provides system engineering and program management to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile. W Division is responsible for Program Leadership and engineering design and analysis in support of the national security mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory. W Division is integral in providing programmatic and technical leadership for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring nuclear weapon stockpile, stockpile assessment, certification, and design and deployment of life extension projects.

The Weapon Response and Military Liaison Group (W-10) supports the overarching line and programmatic goals of the Nuclear Weapons Program in three functional areas. 1) It contributes to ensuring nuclear weapon safety certification by continually evaluating and updating LANL’s nuclear detonation safety analysis and technical basis; 2) It develops weapon response information used to determine risk in nuclear explosive operations and used in identifying the need for, and development of, appropriate risk mitigating controls; and 3) It provides military liaison support for all LANL nuclear weapon systems and the United Kingdom Trident Program.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-5993

Contact Name: Vonharders, Jeremy E

Organization Name: W-10/Weapon Surety And Military Liaison

Email: jeremyv@lanl.gov

Job Title: Weapons Response Analyst (R&D; Engineer 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65559