Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The International Threat Reduction Group (NEN-3) is seeking a Radiation Detection R&D Engineer to join our mission-focused team. Our diverse workforce enjoys a shared work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. NEN-3 applies expertise in nuclear and radiological material and commodities detection, packaging, international training and consultation, modeling and simulation to reduce nuclear proliferation and enhance global security in a changing threat environment.

The successful candidate will support the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) Science and Engineering Team and the NSDD Implementation and Sustainability programs. Central to this position will be the development and evaluation of radiation detection systems, including hardware, software, detection algorithms, and detector modeling as they apply to detecting illicit nuclear material.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Development and evaluation of radiation detection systems as well as detection and identification algorithms.

• Collaboration with technical colleagues from foreign governments and international institutions such as the IAEA as part of the programmatic efforts to contribute to the scientific expertise needed to strengthen capabilities to deter, detect, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radiological materials.

• Implementation of radiation detection systems and deployment of radiation detection technology, nuclear security detection architecture design, equipment testing and acceptance recommendation, and performing maintenance on radiation detection equipment.

• Tasks associated with sustainability of deployed radiation detection systems, including training operators and maintenance personnel, working with foreign government personnel to integrate systems into their agencies, and managing maintenance contracts.

• Participation in or management of technical engagements with NSDD partner countries to further develop and enhance their technical capabilities as related to radiation detection systems.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor staff in other areas within NEN-3 as they grow in their research and development skills. The group has ongoing work in nuclear materials management, strategic trade controls, and software development addressing global security problems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge
  • Demonstrated advanced expertise with a wide range of radiation detectors.
  • Demonstrated advanced expertise with radiation detection systems, algorithms and strategies for nuclear security applications.
  • Demonstrated advanced ability to develop, implement and lead technical research and development projects, especially those directed at evaluating radiation detection or identification algorithms.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and/or utilizing modeling and simulation tools such as MCNP and GADRAS used to predict radiation detector performance.
  • Experience working within established safety and quality controls for moderate to high hazard activities.
  • Minimum 12 years of experience with radiation detection systems.

  • Demonstrated advanced experience working with multiple levels of internal and external personnel, including networking with key contacts from other national laboratories, NNSA sponsors, foreign government and private sector personnel, and/or local and foreign subcontractors.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of foreign governments' abilities to implement and maintain radiation detection systems and respond to incidents involving material outside of regulatory control.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills for a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated success in writing proposals and obtaining funding for technical research projects.

Technical Leadership
  • Demonstrated advanced experience developing innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, techniques and approaches to address specialized problems.
  • Demonstrated experience leading technical decision-making at task level within a project; making decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives.
  • Demonstrated advanced experience to mentor junior staff and students as they develop as researchers.
  • Demonstrated experience in project leadership and the ability to develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, as well as manage cost and budget.

Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 12 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated understanding of IAEA guidelines regarding nuclear security systems
  • Experience working with law enforcement agencies or other security services.
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems engineering concepts and applications.
  • Familiarity with commercial sensors and their application to nuclear security.
  • Familiarity with imaging analysis and probability modeling.
  • Experience with data fusion approaches, algorithms and analysis (e.g. combining information from radiation detectors with x-ray scanners or other contextual information).
  • Experience with evaluation and/or development of artificial intelligence algorithms, especially for security applications.
  • Demonstrated experience with foreign affairs.
  • Active Q Clearance.

Work Environment: Domestic/foreign travel, work near electrical power supplies, and work near sources of ionizing radiation.

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: Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter addressing each of the job requirements.
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 childbirth 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. 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: 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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment Status Full Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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