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Senior Electrical Engineer (R&D Engineer 3)

Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

What You Will Do We are seeking a highly motivated individual with expertise and experience in electrical engineering to participate in the execution of our portfolio of scientific and national security programs. The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers at Mars, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral cubesat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. ISR-4 is a specialized space electronics and signal processing group, with a focus on electronics for measurement systems as well as onboard electronics for converting data collected by these systems into meaningful information. While the focus is mostly on systems deployed to space, we also develop portable ground stations and payload test equipment. The group's projects receive funding and requirements from various government agencies including the DOE, DOD, and NASA. Projects are executed through a close interaction between all disciplines of engineers, technicians, and scientists, which fosters a highly creative and dynamic research and development environment. Projects are developed from concept through development and launch, as well as operational support after launch or field deployment. For more information, see theISR-4: Space Electronics and Signal Processing home page. ISR-4 is looking for highly motivated early to mid-career electrical engineers to assist in the development of specialized instrumentation for various space-based detection systems. These systems can include: Measurement systems led by Los Alamos for the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System for verification of nuclear treaties; Measurement systems for Earth, planetary, heliophysics, and astrophysical science missions; Payload and bus systems for small, agile satellites for science and national security. We are looking for enthusiastic electrical engineers with interest in digital design, analog design, power supply design or RF design. Responsibilities include developing innovative approaches to specialized applications, and subsequent design, modeling, implementation, verification and testing of electrical circuits and/or FPGAs. Success of our workforce and programs is enabled by our emphasis on creativity, teaming, technical leadership, and continuous learning within a small team environment. What You Need Minimum Job Requirements: Engineering Expertise: Experience in one of the following areas Digital Design :Synchronous design, synthesis, routing, simulation, testing, and technical documentation of FPGA or other digital circuits; VHDL or Verilog; Test benches for FPGA or ASIC based design; Digital circuit card design Analog Design :Low noise analog design particularly for use with sensors; mixed analog/digital systems; High-speed analog to digital conversion (gigasample). Power Supply Design : Linear regulators and switch mode power DC/DC converters; Power supply filtering, switching devices, protection and gate drives; Power supply control theory, analysis and testing; RF/Microwave : RF/microwave components and their system applications (amplifiers, receivers, synthesizers); Fabrication and packaging for RF/microwave circuits and systems; Transmission lines, impedance matching, and signal integrity; Designing various antenna topologies. Design: Experience with advanced design and analysis tools such as schematic capture tools, analog/digital simulation, electromagnetic design, circuit board layout, signal integrity analysis and Matlab. Experience with tools, such as schematic capture tools, analog or digital simulation tools, electromagnetic design tools, and/or printed circuit board layout and signal integrity analysis tools; Knowledge of PC board layout practices as it pertains to critical stack up and controlled impedance designs; experience with signal integrity analysis particularly as it pertains to very low noise designs Collaboration/Teaming: Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with teams, including contributing to a transparent, mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Must be able to build and maintain effective relationships. Technical Leadership: Proven ability to successfully lead a sub-system and/or system that has been deployed to a challenging operational environment such as space. Challenges/Learning: Demonstrated ability to innovate toward new solutions, and a passion for technical challenge that enables learning through both success and failure. Communication : Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Education/Experience : Position requires a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or similar from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Advanced engineering or technical degree is highly desired. Desired Qualifications: Experience with space flight and high reliability hardware development and testing methods; Experience leading a small team of junior engineers and skilled technicians from design concept through to completed systems; Experience with RHA (Radiation Hardness Assurance programs) and Military Standard parts, such as those called out in DSCC (Defense Supply Center Columbus) and what that means for specifying electronic parts are desired; Knowledge of digital communication systems and/or other digital signal processing; Knowledge of configuration management and formal verification methods; Experience leading small projects including financial responsibility. Current DOE Q clearance or DoD Top Secret clearance or an SCI level clearance Note to Applicants: In addition to providing their resume, applicants should also include a cover letter detailing their experience as applied to the job requirements. Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM. 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 maternity 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. 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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 PolicyPolicy P701for 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..... click apply for full job details

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