Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a senior engineer to lead a large, collaborative and dynamic team to develop, manufacture, test, deploy, and operate state-of-the-art space payloads. This person will be Chief Engineer, supporting the Project Leader and working with diverse technical staff, for our Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System (SABRS) program.

The responsibilities for this position include:
  • Establish and maintain appropriate engineering policies and approaches, especially for the design and production of the next generation of SABRS Prime payloads.
  • Maintain cognizance, within the project, of legacy payload construction and engineering operations, to troubleshoot on-orbit systems.
  • Support the interface engineering with satellite hosts.
  • Lead tasks as assigned by the Project Leader, which could include evaluations, specific design issues, preparation for major reviews, etc.
  • Act as a member of the project leadership team, which manages costs, schedules, scope, personnel, progress, etc.

The position will be filled in either the Electrical Engineering Group (ISR-4), or the Mechanical Engineering Group (ISR-5). ISR specializes in space-based radiation measurements for national security and basic science missions. We also develop systems for terrestrial and airborne applications along with the requisite ground support and test equipment. Our work receives funding and requirements from the DOE, DOD, NASA, and other government agencies. Projects are executed through a close interaction among all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists, which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. ISR activities support all aspects of capability, from concept development to operational support after launch or field deployment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated experience in electrical, mechanical or software engineering design from concept through production
  • Demonstrated experience developing system architectures and concepts that were successfully implemented and utilized
  • Demonstrated experience in system test, integration & validation
  • Demonstrated ability to lead technical anomaly resolutions and debugging efforts

Technical Leadership:
  • Demonstrated experience leading engineers, technologists & technicians for medium to large projects
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage projects
  • Demonstrated ability to define project and program strategies and directions

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, with all levels of staff and customers
  • Experience networking effectively with others outside one's own area of expertise

  • Proven ability to work independently and in multi-organizational teams
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork, technical excellence, innovation, and creativity
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and changing priorities and to create detailed action plans

Team Dynamics:
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of technicians, engineers, and scientists at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage ingenuity, creativity, and personal independence to support multiple and concurrent team tasks

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering and 12 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

ABET Accreditation Preferred

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with space flight and high-reliability hardware development and testing methods
  • Experience developing gamma and/or neutron detection instruments
  • Experience leading engineers and technicians from design concept through completed systems
  • Experience with Radiation Hardness Assurance programs and Military Standard parts, such as those called out in Defense Supply Center Columbus and what that means for specifying electronic parts
  • Demonstrated experience working with and handling classified information.

Note to Applicants:

In addition to providing their resume, applicants should include a cover letter detailing their experience as it relates to the job requirements.

Location: This position will be 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.
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 StatusFull Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. We enhance national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and serve as a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

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