Los Alamos National Laboratory RPS Heat Source Design Agency R&D Engineer (R&D Engineer 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This position will be filled at either the R&D; Engineer 3 or 4 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.

R&D; Engineer 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

The successful candidate will be a part of the RPS Design Agency team responsible for owning, reviewing, updating, and maintaining product drawings and specifications. They will participate in reviewing any nonconformances, procedure updates and engineering process changes/updates for potential impacts to product design requirements. The candidate will be required to work well in a small team environment, yet interact frequently with stakeholders such as the RPS Production Agency and Quality organizations.

R&D; Engineer 4 ($116,900 - $197,000)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 4 will also lead long-range planning efforts, serve as a liaison with external customers and associated RPS program Laboratories, and serve as a technical expert to perform internal/external reviews and assessments.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Minimum Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 3:

  • Familiarity with the RPS Heat Source program and manufacturing processes.

  • Demonstrated experience working with quality and process engineers to meet design requirements.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply and interpret specialized, state-of-the-art engineering and scientific principles, techniques, methods and tools.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of conduct of operations in a nuclear facility.

  • Experience with participating in or performing assessments and reviews of products, procedures, processes, and/or nonconformances.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated record of excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D; Engineer 4:

_In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, the R&D; Engineer 4 level requires experience with:


  • Leading the development of strategic program development and execution plans, with subsequent successful implementation

  • Integrating broad scientific/technical/engineering knowledge across disciplines to provide solutions for an extensive and diverse range of complex and/or ambiguous problems where analysis requires in-depth evaluation of intangibles

  • Successfully working productively with external customers and agencies

  • Leading assessments or reviews

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with the RPS Heat Source program and manufacturing processes.

  • Experience working in PF-4 or equivalent nuclear facility.

  • Demonstrated experience working with Design and Production Agencies and/or Product Realization Teams.

  • Knowledge of and experience with NAP-24A quality requirements/Defense Programs Business Process System (DPBPS) requirements.

Education requirements:Advanced degree from an ABET 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.

The Strategic Development Offices Group (SPE-2) is looking for an R&D; Engineer to support the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Heat Source Design Agency. The RPS Program has designated a Design Agency function to be responsible for the heat source design and definition to ensure the products meet all quality and flight safety requirements. The RPS Program is a technology development effort, managed by DOE and NASA, that is strategically investing in nuclear power technologies that maintains NASA’s current space science capabilities and enables space exploration missions. The program is designed to enable more capable future space missions by supporting the development of advanced technologies for power conversion using heat from the natural decay of plutonium-238. SPE-2 works closely with the other divisions in the Weapons Production Directorate at TA-55 and TA-22 to meet both tactical work execution needs and to support the process improvements necessary for a modern manufacturing capability that supports our Nation’s security needs. SPE-2 core business functions include: manufacturing systems, production control support, planning and scheduling, and industrial engineering. SPE-2 also has individuals with unique expertise in analytical chemistry, welding, machining, and the science and engineering related to nuclear material handling.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Organization Name: SPE-2/Strategic Development Office

Email: danaj@lanl.gov

Job Title: RPS Heat Source Design Agency R&D; Engineer (R&D; Engineer 3/4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69546