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Los Alamos National Laboratory Chief Scientist (Scientist 5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Global Security Directorate has responsibility for the laboratory programs to protect the U.S. against threats from nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. The Directorate is composed of diverse technical divisions and program offices focused on Nuclear Nonproliferation, Nuclear Counter-proliferation, Counter Terrorism, and Nuclear Treaty Verification as well as countering known and emerging threats in areas such as bio, cyber, and space. We are responsible for LANL’s support to the Intelligence Community and to the Departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security. We are tasked with out-thinking our nation’s adversaries and developing highly innovative technologies and methods to give our sponsors strategic advantages.

ALDGS is seeking a senior scientist or engineer to serve as Chief Scientist for the directorate. The Chief Scientist, working with the Associate Laboratory Director and GS line and program leaders, ensures the laboratory has the capabilities needed for these missions and promotes excellence in science, technology, and engineering within the Directorate. The Chief Scientist focuses upon development of the GS science, technology, and engineering strategy, through integration with relevant capabilities across the laboratory and with other laboratories, industry and academic institutions. The Chief Scientist leads the GS response to LDRD opportunities, is responsible for working with staff and project teams to formulate and mature ideas into effective proposals and high-performing project teams. Note the two-fold responsibility for the Directorate: programs that draw on capabilities across the Laboratory as well as internal line organizations with specific mission-execution responsibilities. The Chief Scientist needs to support and enhance both these areas of responsibility.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Lead or participate on behalf of the directorate in the development of comprehensive strategies and STE roadmaps for Directorate capabilities. Work with leadership throughout Los Alamos to encourage collaboration, joint planning, and development of the full suite of capabilities needed for success of GS and Lab missions. These discipline- or mission-specific roadmaps establish the steps needed to achieve the long-term vision, prioritize institutional and GS investments, motivate creative innovation and solutions for the most difficult problems facing the nation, and facilitate internal and external proposal development.

  • Collaborate with directorate program offices and line organizations to identify technical capability gaps, opportunities, goals and planning.

  • Lead or participate on behalf of ALDGS in laboratory initiatives and Capability Pillars to assess and advance the Lab’s technical capabilities and domain leadership. Engage in the strategic development and tactical implementation of the Capability Pillars to ensure the strategic capability needs of GS missions are met.

  • Lead the Lab’s Engineering Capability Review for assessment and evaluation of stewardship of institutional engineering capabilities spanning national security and research and development missions of the laboratory and directorate.

  • Work with individual Principal Investigators and project teams to develop creative ideas into credible proposals with high-performing project teams. Work with technical organizations, Program Offices, and ALDGS leadership to develop and prioritize ideas and proposals for the Director’s Initiatives element of the LDRD program.

  • Represent the Directorate on internal LANL internal and external panels and committees. Examples of internal service might include prize and award committees, LDRD project and proposal review panels, LANL magazine editorial board. Examples of external service might include national committees such as for DoD, the Intelligence Community, the National Academies, university institute boards, etc.

  • Lead or facilitate nominations of Directorate staff for internal and external prizes and awards, and assist line organizations in the development of promotion packages at the Scientist and R&D Engineer 5 and 6 level.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge:

The position requires deep technical experience in one or more of the missions or technical disciplines in the directorate. National technical reputation established through either technical accomplishments or leadership of major projects or programs. Ability to explain complex problems to non-technical audiences, outlining context and mission imperative. Ability to translate high-level needs into practical and achievable strategies, objectives and goals.

Problem Solving:

Understands broad national/international issues, with demonstrated influence and impact on solutions to problems of national impact and importance. Experience in successfully developing and advocating for new technical capabilities and initiatives. Expert ability to develop solutions for critically important and extremely complex problems that directly affect the Laboratory's technical capabilities, positioning, and international reputation.

Leadership & Teaming :

Demonstrated ability to build national, multi-disciplinary or intensely focused teams, serve as a technical resource, and mentor to communities external to the Laboratory. Demonstrated success in project development and enabling organizational participation in large, national and/or international projects and/or programs. Demonstrated development and sustainment of trusted relationships across diverse groups and technical teams as well as with government partners.

Familiarity with Strategy & Consulting:

Demonstrated experience in peer review and evaluation of complex, high-risk technical proposals and projects. Strong experience with serving in a consulting or advisor role for senior-level management. Demonstrated ability to identify, influence, and advocate for strategic business investments to propel a group or team into a position of nationally recognized domain leadership.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and at least 15 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with NNSA, DOE, IC and/or DOD as a sponsor.

  • Experience working with other national laboratories, academic institutions, and industries on the S&T efforts and advances in support of Global Security mission needs

  • Understanding of one or more major US national security agencies function, including interagency policy and budgeting processes

  • In-depth knowledge of the Global Security programs and current line organization capabilities

  • Experience working with the LDRD program or equivalent programs for developing strategic investment in technical capabilities

  • Active Q/SCI Clearance

  • Experience serving on international advisory and/or policy boards


This position will be physically located inLos Alamos, New Mexico.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment:

Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .

Note to Applicants:

Please submit a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and the desired qualifications. Where You Will Work

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 childbirth 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)

Additional Details

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/SCI (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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

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

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Lynn, Barbara Ann
Email bal@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC91336
Organization Name Associate Laboratory Director for Global Security / ALDGS
Minimum Salary 162900
Maximum Salary 291400
Req ID: IRC91336
Category: Science