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Los Alamos National Laboratory Programmatic Control Systems Engineer (R&D Engineer 1/2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the R&D Engineer 1/ 2 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.

The TA55 Process Maintenance and Decontamination Services (PMDS) group is seeking control system engineers.

TA-55 Facility Operations' Mission is to provide Plutonium Science and Manufacturing, and their tenants, with Safe, Secure, Compliant and Available Facilities. We strive for continuous improvement by fostering a learning organization with strong values for safety, people and cost effectiveness. The PMDS group is principally responsible for all programmatic maintenance and is adding enhanced capability to the programmatic engineering support it provides for all processes in the Directorate.

R&D Engineer 1 $90,000 - $147,100

The successful candidate will be a member of the Electrical Support Team and help develop and implement designs, installation, maintenance, and support of control systems. This work involves the process support for all groups in the Directorate as well as some organizations that also support our Directorate from other LANL Divisions. Interaction and coordination with other engineers and technicians on the team as well as close cooperation with other support groups (Facilities Engineering, Construction, Waste, Maintenance, and Safety) is expected.

R&D Engineer 2 $99,200 - $164,100

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the successful candidate will help develop projects, assist with control system technical guidance and support to all projects and provide electrical training, technical guidance, and operational assistance to other technologists, technicians, and engineers in planning, installation, integration, operation, and maintenance of control systems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience with applying and demonstration of engineering design cycle principles: requirements gathering, design, and implementation, debugging, testing, and documentation.

  • Displays a substantial and significant record of achievement through previous designs, completed installations, or technical products.

  • Industrial Control Systems design experience.

  • Knowledge and experience in the design and development of computer-based data acquisition systems, such as Allen Bradley / Rockwell Software programmable logic controllers (PLCs), SCADA, and industrial computers.

  • Knowledge and experience in the design, installation, modification, and maintenance of industrial control systems at TA-55. Demonstrated experience with electrical and facility requirements related to control systems.

  • Knowledge and experience writing the following types of documents: Failure Modes and Effects Analyses, Energized Electrical Work Permits, Equipment Maintenance Plans, Master Equipment Lists, and similar quality assurance related documents. Working knowledge of NFPA 70, 70E, and 79.

  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of electronics, instrumentation, and control-systems hardware and software.

  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills, including technical writing and technical presentations.

  • Experience working in a non-reactor nuclear facility.

  • Knowledge of distributed control systems and networking.

  • Knowledge of control & data acquisition theory and instrumentation hardware.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Engineer 2:

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

  • Demonstrated record of control systems design and/or publications of major importance, frequently with considerable impact within the engineering/scientific community or as part of the enduring mission of ALDWP.

  • Demonstrated experience providing leadership in identifying, promoting, and developing appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Demonstrated experience serving in a consultative role to senior-level Laboratory management and/or governmental management representatives.

DOE Order 426.2: Requires a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or related science, 2 years job related experience, and 1 year of nuclear experience.

Training/Certifications: Electrical Safety Officer training is desired.

Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 1: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 2 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at R&D Engineer 2: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Active DOE Q clearance and HRP Certified.

  • Glovebox Operator (GBO)

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Physical Job Requirements: Reading Vision, Sitting, Standing, Climbing stairs, Climbing ladders, reaching overhead, reaching horizontally, reaching down, Typing or keyboarding, lifting 30+ pounds.

Work Location Working in widely ranging ambient temperatures, irregular schedule, operation of motor vehicles, work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near sources of ionizing radiation, work near sources of non- ionizing radiation, and work near machinery with moving parts.

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 2 years.

Note to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, please provide a comprehensive resume, which outlines how you meet the minimum and desired skills noted above.

  • Availability for working after hours when required.


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 (PTO 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 (https://directives.nnsa.doe.gov/supplemental-directive/sd-0206-0002) . 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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 (https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/400-series/0472.2-BOrder-chg1-pgchg) 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, ยง712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 (https://int.lanl.gov/policy/documents/P701.pdf) 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.