Battelle Memorial Institute Test Instrumentation Engineer/ Researcher in Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are seeking a Test Instrumentation Engineer/ Researcher. This position is located at Kirtland AFB, NM.

Primary Function

This position will provide Scientific, Engineering, Instrumentation, Environmental, and Test Operational Support along with subject matter expertise and decision support. The Test Instrumentation Support and Development Engineer will provide knowledge and experience to assist coordinating the activities of participating government agencies and other contractors to help ensure traceability of design, analysis, and testing as well as integration of program requirements.

The successful candidate will use applied knowledge to independently develop, manage and implement instrumentation plans and methodologies to meet measurement objectives to support testing. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented and possess the strong multi-tasking abilities needed to conduct research, development, and integration efforts to maintain currency in state-of-the-art and emerging/developmental data acquisition systems and sensor technologies across the CWMD testing spectrum to ensure maximum effectiveness and to fill voids in testing capabilities. He/She will develop and implement rigorous processes to ensure new sensor and data acquisition technologies are properly investigated and validated prior to introduction into the inventory. Finally, he/she will develop test plans and methodologies to perform validation and verification testing of existing and emerging diagnostic technologies and systems.

Major Responsibilities

  • Develop instrumentation plans to translate technical requirements into necessary sensor/sampler/detector selections, procurement lead times, SOW’s and procurement request packages.

  • Coordinate instrumentation review meetings with test team and experimenters.

  • Assemble test cost estimates and instrumentation fielding schedules, integrating activities with other functions in the test schedule to ensure optimal utilization of resources.

  • Ensure proper instrumentation resource availability and monitor expenditures to ensure they are within budget.

  • Brief test team, customers, experimenters on final instrumentation plans.

  • Work with Test Scientists and other members of test team to compile instrument predictions and complete the test instrumentation setup sheet.

  • Develop plan for instrument setup, timing and firing, and grounding and shielding. Coordinate and monitor equipment preparation and installation.

  • Attend meetings and provide guidance on instrumentation issues and requirements during the test planning process.

  • Deconflict external R&D/add-on experiments with diagnostic systems/equipment.

Position Requirements


  • Candidate must possess a BS degree in Engineering or related physical science.

  • 5+ years of related professional experience in field testing work including sensors and data acquisition systems across the CWMD testing spectrum.

  • Strong communication skills, technical presentation, teamwork mentality, graphic visualization, and Microsoft Office proficiency skills are required.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and hold an active DoD SECRET security clearance.


  • MS or PhD (Ph.D. or D.Sc.) degree in Engineering.

  • Experience in combating WMD threats including improvised threats like Improvised Explosive Devices and Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • TS/SCI security clearance.

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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