Los Alamos National Laboratory P-DO Deputy Division Leader & Advanced Experimental Capability (R&D Manager 5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Physics Division of Los Alamos National Lab invites you to join our team providing support for our National Security Mission and discover why we attract the best and brightest minds in the world.

We are searching for a person to act as a half-time Deputy Physics Division Leader (DDL) and a half time Advanced Experimental Capability Director (AECD) for the laboratory. The successful candidate will report administratively to the Physics Division Leader (DL).

The DDL is the DL’s partner, sharing responsibility for the scientific leadership and administration of the Division's projects, facilities and, staff. As a member of the Division’s management team, the DDL helps formulate the Division’s strategic directions and works closely with the Associate Directorate for Experimental Physical Sciences (ADEPS) management team and across directorate boundaries. The mission of the Division is to further the understanding of the physical world, to create new technologies in experimental physics, to extend the physics foundation for existing programs, and to build a foundation for new ones.

The AECD will help lead LANL’s efforts to build integrated experimental systems and advanced diagnostics in the advent of a new era in materials science, when we transition from observing and exploiting the properties of materials to a science-based capability that predicts and controls materials with properties optimized for specific functions. A key frontier for experimental science lies at the mesoscale, between atomic and continuum, where microstructure, defects and interfaces have significant impact on performance and the experimental demands for temporally and spatially resolved data are extreme. LANL is working towards a conceptual design of the Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) Project that will provide capability for time-dependent control at the mesoscale for national security science missions. The successful candidate will lead the definition and implementation of the Experimental Systems scope (the programmatic equipment in all end-stations and laboratories) of MaRIE and other mesoscale science facilities. This includes leading efforts to develop requirements, alternatives, and eventually design and fabrication of the experimental systems, as well as manage technology maturation of key risk reduction R&D.;

The division level managers work to increase the value and visibility of our physics research to the national programs as measured by science reputation, innovation, and delivery of successful programs. They are responsible for creating an intellectual and professional workplace environment that promotes scientific excellence and that attracts and retains a diverse staff of the highest scientific caliber. The DDL will support collaborations with other laboratories, universities, and industrial partners. The DL and DDL will ensure that all applicable safety, security, environmental, and administrative policies and procedures are appropriately implemented.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in management and administration of high output scientific research requiring stringent environmental, safety, and health standards.

  • Demonstrated success with program development as evidenced by successfully identifying strategic opportunities and developing agreements to fund new initiatives.

  • Demonstrated success in leadership as evidenced by strategic planning, the resolution of programmatic conflicts, providing scientific advocacy, the effective management of personnel and resources, and the achievement of goals of significant impact, complexity, or size.

  • Record of success in human leadership as demonstrated by the recruitment, retention and mentoring of an outstanding and diverse research, technical, and administrative staff.

  • Experimental experience with a national user facility, either as a principal investigator, user, as a beamline scientist, or facility manager.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, as evidenced by a publication record (both in number and quality/impact of publications) consistent with projects on which the applicant worked.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal, written, and visual communication skills as evidenced by talks, articles, and presentations.

  • Ph.D. in physics or a related field, including those relevant to MaRIE, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance, which generally requires U.S. citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Broad familiarity with the state of science within the Division and MaRIE, including how these activities are relevant across the Laboratory and to the DOE, other government agencies, academia, and the private sector.

  • Working knowledge of Nuclear Weapons Program strategy, initiatives, future directions, and needed capabilities. This includes the Science and ICF Campaigns.

  • Experience with Office of Science programs.

  • Experience with the LANL LDRD program.

  • A strong interest in the future of materials science, as evidenced by knowledge of community studies and reports and/or participation in such studies.

  • Demonstrated ability to innovate, as evidenced by success at competitive grants, honors or awards, or patents.

  • Leadership and execution of at least one external (to-one’s-own laboratory or institution) workshop or conference.

  • Evidence of knowledge of and preferably use of project management skills, for example experience with DOE O 413.3B and use of earned value management in a project.

  • Experience with advanced scattering or imaging techniques, as evidenced by publications and/or patents.

Additional Details:

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 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

The Physics Division manages a budget in excess of $100 million in a broad program of basic and applied experimental physics, balanced between national security-driven and exploratory fundamental research. The research supports national programs in: nuclear weapons; nuclear and particle physics; nonproliferation; biophysics; atomic, laser and plasma physics; hydrodynamics; quantum information; and fusion energy, with a staff of some 250 people, including 150 scientists and engineers. The Division's staff has an excellent publication record in high impact journals and a distinguished record of recognition through numerous major fellowships, awards and prizes.

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.

Maximum Salary: 238500

Minimum Salary: 137700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: P-DO/Physics

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: P-DO Deputy Division Leader & Advanced Experimental Capability (R&D; Manager 5)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC56098