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3D Designer and Developer
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Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos,, New Mexico 87545
United States





Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos,, NM 87545
United States
Employment term : Full Time
Degree : Bachelors
Travel : Yes
Job level : Mid Level 2-6 yrs.
Work Authorization :
  • USA: Citizen
  • The Software and Applications Engineering (SAE) Division supports Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) enterprise application and performs software application development support, database development and administration, software quality management, and enterprise application consulting. The Site Infrastructure, Mission, and Programs Software Group (SAE-3) provides software engineering services, custom application development, and commercial off the shelf application implementations.

    The selected candidate will work as a 3D Designer and Developer to support the development and maintenance of institutional and departmental VISIBLE Team applications. The selected candidate will be assigned to various projects based off the needs of the organization and at the discretion of SAE-1 management.

    The Application Software Developer will collaborate with other engineering disciplines, program participants, sponsors, and computer scientists to develop immersive tools, information systems, and applications that are essential to executing our missions. Keeping up-to-date on emerging technologies and tools will be expected.

    Software Developer 1 ($62,800.00 - $99,800.00)

    Working along side some of the brightest minds, you will support the development and maintenance of various internal and external applications. You will also help develop and maintain Laboratory web based applications. Specific duties include tasks associated with the upkeep of various laboratory applications, the design and development of new applications and standards, and ensuring compliance with Laboratory specifications, standards, and security policies

    The selected candidate will work as a team member to design, develop, and maintain multiple 3D models, virtual/augmented reality environments, simulation tools to address needs related to nuclear facility security, on-the-job training, event reconstruction, and proof of concepts.

    • Address technical requirements within project timeline and budget
    • Optimize models for varying levels of technological hardware requirements
    • Work with customers to understand requirements, translate procedures and processes into an underlying data structure, implement a GUI, and train end users.
    • Successfully work within the constraints of a secure environment

    Software Developer 2 ($75,400.00 - $122,900.00)

    In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will provide mentoring to junior staff members. We are looking for someone who likes to self-initiate work with limited supervision, use independent judgment for determining course of action to accomplish objectives, and use a broad range of advanced technical skills to solve complex technical issues.

    In addition to the duties outlined above, the Software Developer 2 will be required to:

    • Self-initiate work with limited supervision
    • Use independent judgment for determining course of action to accomplish objectives
    • Use a broad range of advanced technical skills to solve complex technical issue

    What You Need

    Minimum Job Requirements:


    • Strong 3D modeling skills using Maya (Autodesk)
    • Strong skills texturing and lighting in Maya
    • Working knowledge of rigging and animating in Maya
    • Working knowledge of Adobe Suite (specifically Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator)
    • Proactive and able to take ownership of tasks and projects
    • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
    • Strong work ethic with a willingness to work to meet critical deadlines, requiring flexible work hours, occasional travel, and a positive attitude
    • Self-motivated team player
    • Experience in traditional software application development in C#, C++, Java and/or JavaScript
    • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree education 3D design, New Media, Creative Media, Media Arts, Game Design or professional equivalent
    • 2+ years of professional 3D Art/Design experience
    • Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain DOE clearances, which normally requires US citizenship.

    Problem Solving

    Solving unique Web development and production problems by using analytic ability and innovative thinking to meet budget, timetables, and objectives. Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions to problems.


    Applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain DOE clearances, which normally requires US citizenship.

    Software Developer 1 Education Required: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Additional Job Requirements for Software Developer 2:

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

    Project Management

    Project management experience demonstrated through the direction and responsibility for numerous complex projects involving a number of components such as resources, budget, and schedule.

    Programmatic Development

    Demonstrated experience designing and developing large applications from the ground up.

    Strategic Communication

    Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to negotiate and use proper judgment in order to resolve conflicts, solve problems, increase efficiency, and improve services and products with minimal management help.

    Software Developer 2 Education Required: Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Desired Qualifications:

    Additional Software Skills

    • Working knowledge of augmented reality concepts and solutions
    • Experience in conceptualizing, prototyping and developing games and interactive presentations
    • Working knowledge of Substance Painter
    • Experience using configuration management tools like GiT, TFS, etc.
    • Knowledgeable of current gaming and game design trends
    • Experience with mobile app development
    • Enthusiastic about gaming culture
    • UI/UX skills
    • Data visualization experience
    • 2+ years of Unity experience
    • Be results-oriented and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Experience in interacting with customers
    • Experience in a web structural framework such as Angular, React, or Razor is a plus
    • Experience 3D modeling using Modo (Foundry) is a plus
    • Experience as a full stack developer with .Net or SQL
    • Interest in mentoring colleagues and students
    • A basic understanding of database concepts, including document-based data systems

    Note to Applicants:

    Please provide a comprehensive cover letter that details how you meeting the qualifications for the position.

    Additional Details


    Where You Will Work

    The Visible team is part of the Software and Applications Engineering group (SAE).

    SAE provides software development, COTS application implementation, and support services for the Lab. Our mission is to “deliver reliable, secure and cost-effective software and applications that meet business and operational needs in support of the LANL mission.” We collaborate closely with our customers to develop solutions and support business functions across the Lab.

    SAE-1 is part of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) which is located in northern New Mexico. 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.

    Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package that offers health coverage for you and your eligible family members today and retirement plans for a brighter tomorrow. A healthy workforce is paramount to a successful organization. We offer an incentivized wellness plan and preventive care to encourage and reward good basic health choices. Also, for your financial wellness, we provide a tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan, with a company match and service-based contribution.

    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)


    Organization Name SAE-1/Enterprise Application & Database Services

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Profile:

     Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

    Our greatest strength is our broad capabilities across multiple disciplines, leveraged to meet diverse national security missions.

    Our national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.

    Our science facilities are critical to maintaining the vitality and leadership of our science, technology, and engineering capabilities for national security.

    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. 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.

    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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.



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