Target Fabrication Engineer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
What You Will Do

Work independently and as a member of the Target Engineering and Fabrication Team in the Engineered Materials Group, MST‑7. This team of skilled professionals is primarily responsible for the engineering, design, fabrication, assembly, and metrology of targets for the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) programs. Many of the targets and parts are millimeter or sub‑millimeter in size with typical dimensional tolerances range from nanometers to micrometers. These targets contain fragile and unconventional materials, such as: thin films, fibers, fragile coatings, low‑density foams and beryllium. They are often quite complex and are generally used to validate computer codes; therefore, they must be as close to perfect as can be achieved by state-of-the-art manufacturing technology- any imperfections must be measured, characterized and documented. Since target designs are continually changing and tend to become more complex with time, fabrication methods must continually be developed. The successful candidate will interface closely with engineers and physicists through experimental design, revision, target assembly and qualification as well as the fielding of the experiments at ICF and HEDP facilities (e.g., OMEGA, NIF, p-Rad, DAHRT, etc…).

The successful candidate will:
Meet with researchers to determine a minimal risk design for producing the needed targets and translate the requirements into assembly and fabrication drawings; interface with individual principal investigators, theoreticians, machinists, chemists, materials scientists and technicians, and other assembly team members within LANL and other DOE facilities.
Coordinate and monitor manufacturing, fabrication and assembly operations to build the targets in the three month design cycle.
Perform any fabrication processes for which he/she is responsible (training is provided for this responsibility).
Help field the targets at the experimental facilities (these facilities are primarily at LANL, the University of Rochester, Sandia National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). A moderate amount of travel, on the order of a few days a month, will be required.
Publication of work performed in peer reviewed journals, presentations, and internal reports.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
Working knowledge of 3D Computer aided design software such as: AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, or Creo.
Strong skills and initiative in organization, planning, teamwork, customer interactions, and interpersonal communications.
Familiarity with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
Knowledge of fabrication and metrology technologies.
Ability to see, handle, and assemble delicate mm size parts.
Demonstrated ability to work productively on multiple tasks with some supervision.
Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Desired Skills:
Experience with AutoCad Inventor Computer Aided Design software.
Experience with Labview and/or Matlab software.
Experience with ultra-precision fabrication techniques.
Experience with characterization tools such as: interferometry, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, Optical Coordinate Measuring Machine (OCMM), Computed Tomography (CT) and other dimensional metrology techniques.
Knowledge of LANL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion/ High Energy Density Physics program mission.
Active DOE Q clearance.

Education: Typical educational requirement is a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an ABET accredited engineering college or university program.

Notes to Applicants: In order to be fully considered for this position please include a cover letter with your resume addressing how your experience relates to each of the required and desired skills as applicable.

Additional Details:
C learance: 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

This position is unique balance of project management, research, hands on assembly with opportunities for development and publications as well as networking possibilities with universities and with other fields of study. It has the benefit of seeing projects realized from start to finish. The work you will do is highly visible nationally and adds valuable information which informs plasma physics models for fusion science research.

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.

Appointment Type Regular