Scientist I - Particle Accelerator

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701

Raytheon Missile & Defense provides comprehensive expertise in high power electromagnetics (HPEM); pulsed power engineering, diagnostic instrumentation and effects testing; radio frequency (RF) and particle code simulation; airborne flight test and satellite systems support and tracking; large system operations, maintenance, and engineering; sensor development and diagnostic instrumentation; computer control and data acquisition systems, software and automation; materials fabrication, assembly, processing and coating; quality engineering; and document production, imaging and configuration management. Key growth opportunities include the integration of directed energy weapons with combat platforms. RMD is a leader in development of linear accelerator technology for government and commercial applications.

The Scientist I will work in a diverse and collaborative team with novel concepts in directed energy (DE) systems applying those concepts and principles of particle accelerator technology to design, prototype, test, and design for manufacturing to pioneer, demonstrate, simulate, and test the performance/impacts of novel designs for national defense applications. The successful candidate will work under limited supervision while providing support to the development of solutions proposed to meet overall program and device performance objectives for our customers. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of the physics and technology of charged-particle accelerators, nuclear physics, and radiation-producing devices and detectors. Experience in plasma physics is a plus. The Scientist I will be expected to provide modeling, simulations, performance analysis, and testing, thereby contributing to the design, development and testability of prototypes, and support the integration of components and subsystems into larger DE systems. This position requires frequent and likely daily interaction and coordination with principle investigators, scientists, project leaders, engineers, designers/draft-persons, and technical support personnel. This is a full-time position.

U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Particle accelerator system design, simulation and analysis as applied to directed energy concepts, components, subsystems, and systems.
  • Coordinate with scientists and engineers to determine subsystem and system performance and mechanical requirements.
  • Research and propose potential sources of materials, components, and fabrication. Make recommendations to project team.
  • Coordinate with mechanical and electrical engineers to develop, per project performance objectives, system component designs and their interfaces.
  • Coordinate with support staff to manage procurement, security, and safety requirements.
  • Coordinate with team leadership (Principle Investigator, Program Manager, Scientists, Engineers, and team leads) to develop project schedules and costs, and to assess technical risks and opportunities.
  • Contribute to technical report preparation and presentations to Raytheon Technologies management and customers.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelors Degree in engineering disciplines, natural or physical sciences, mathematics, or physics
  • Six years of experience comprised from any combination of work, academic or scientific research involving physics, nuclear physics, and/or radiation-producing devices / detectors
  • Two years of experience with the physics and technology of particle accelerators
  • Experience using physics-based simulation modeling, mathematics and analysis of conceptual and prototype particle accelerator systems.
  • Experience working in a testing or development environment of particle accelerator systems or prototypes.
  • Experience with monitoring, shielding, and safety aspect of working with ionizing radiation. Graduate school experience is applicable.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and/or Power Point).
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

Desired skills/experience:
  • Advanced degree in aforementioned disciplines. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard
  • More than two years demonstrated experience relevant to particle accelerator technologies which include electron sources, particle accelerators (linear or circular), high voltage and/or pulsed power, high power radio frequency sources and applications, particle beam and radiation diagnostic instrumentation, and vacuum systems. Graduate school experience is applicable.
  • Awareness of commercially available software for simulation of physical processes in particle accelerators (for example the Los Alamos Accelerator Code Group collection of accelerator design codes).
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate with project management, engineering, and procurement groups.
  • Experience with design, troubleshooting, and safety of high voltage systems.
  • Specific experience in one or more of the following: radiofrequency systems and instrumentation, high power microwave (HPM) systems, pulsed power, data acquisition and analysis, and radiation environments. Graduate school experience is applicable.
  • Two years or more experience in physics-based modeling, simulation, and analysis of conceptual and prototype systems. Graduate school experience is applicable.
  • One year experience with particle-in-cell simulation codes. Experience may include one or more of the following commercial software packages: LSP, ICEPIC, MAGIC, Chicago.
  • One-year experience with radiation transport codes such as MCNP or ITS.
  • Experience with one or more of the following program languages: Python, MatLab, Mathematica, Maple.
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate with project management, engineering, and procurement groups.
  • Familiarity with Los Alamos Accelerator Code Group (LAACG) design codes, e.g. POISSON, SuperFISH, PARMELA, TRACE, PARMTEQ.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team setting.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience presenting work progress and work products to team members and project leadership.
  • Experience developing presentations for others and participation in presentations on work progress and work products to management and sponsors.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision while maintaining a high level of efficiency.
  • Ability to thrive in a challenging, dynamic environment. Must be flexible and quick to adapt to sudden changes and issues.
  • As evidenced by the interview and references, a demonstrated passion for accelerator physics, innovation, and a future with Raytheon.
  • Active DoD SECRET or TOP SECRET or equivalent security clearance.


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