Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Physics & Methods Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Work as a member of the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences (CCS) Division leadership team, providing technical leadership and management for the Computational Physics Group (CCS‐2), a large technical group conducting research in numerical methods and algorithms and physical model development for current and future advanced computational architectures. The CCS Division is a vibrant scientific research and development organization that works in multiple mission areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory, including energy and climate programs, basic science and technology research programs, computing programs, information science and technology, and the nuclear weapons program. The division is comprised of scientists (85% PhD) focused on impactful research and development in fundamental computer science, computational physics, algorithms, high‐performance computing, statistics, and applied mathematics. CCS Division bridges the computational sciences that are central to scientific discovery and innovation with external partners and laboratory programs to solve complex and fundamental problems ranging from metagenomics to nuclear energy.

Scientists in CCS‐2 are a unique blend of mathematicians, nuclear engineers, physicists, and computer scientists all working in concert on the creation, implementation, testing, and application of multi‐scale, continuum models and methods as embodied in large‐scale parallel software tools for simulation of dynamical phenomena in nature, industrial processes, and defense applications.

CCS‐2 provides the computational techniques necessary to deliver verified numerical solutions for LANL missions including the nuclear weapons program, weapons manufacturing, climate and ocean modeling, and other sponsors. Research areas include deterministic thermal x‐ray radiation, deterministic neutron transport, Monte Carlo thermal x‐ray radiation, manufacturing processes (casting and welding), fluid and shock dynamics, solid mechanics, fracture and damage, phase change, astrophysics, interfacial physics, radiation damage, and advanced numerical methods on emerging technology and computational architectures. CCS‐2 scientists partner with other groups and divisions to validate models and simulations using experimental and theoretical benchmarks.

The Group Leader provides scientific and programmatic leadership to the group and oversees the group’s technical quality and operational and security envelope. The Group Leader is expected to be an outgoing and dynamic leader who has outstanding communication skills. The CCS-2 group leader will work with division leadership to integrate CCS capabilities across the institution to achieve mission goals and to seek additional programmatic sponsors. This position provides the opportunity to engage in many programs in both the open and secure science arenas. Group‐level managers in CCS Division are expected to participate actively in technical projects for some fraction of their time to remain technically fresh and relevant as technical leaders in their organizations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Record of strong technical leadership culminating in tangible results: successful technical products, software, or outcomes

  • Demonstrated experience in physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering fields related to the group’s focus areas

  • Demonstrated familiarity with scientific code development or the use of computations in a scientific endeavor

  • Record of excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated record of effective teamwork, including mentoring and motivating employees/students, building consensus, resolving conflicts, and working across organizational boundaries to achieve group/division/institutional objectives

  • Demonstrated experience developing research careers of staff and creating a positive work environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills to build collaborative relationships across other LANL divisions

  • Demonstrated commitment to capability integration across the entire institution

  • Demonstrated ability to think across organizational boundaries to solve problems

  • Demonstrated ability to create new technical/analytical projects and to coach, mentor, and lead technical staff to follow strong strategic vision

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in conducting or supporting unclassified science involving national and international collaboration

  • Demonstrated technical experience (through publications, invited presentations, professional affiliations, and so on) in the development of large‐scale simulation tools that execute on high-performance computers

  • Professional-level technical experience in the development of numerical solution techniques for relevant physical phenomena as evidenced in a publication record

  • Demonstrated experience with software quality engineering practices

  • Technical leadership experience in the weapons program

  • Demonstrated experience in successful proposal writing and program development

  • Demonstrated experience with DOE Office of Science or strategic partnership sponsors

  • Leadership experience with LANL administrative, personnel, budget, and programmatic systems

  • Demonstrated experience with Los Alamos foreign visits and foreign national policies and procedures

  • Active Q clearance

Education: Ph.D. in a physical science, mathematics, or engineering field or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

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.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is primarily responsible for monitoring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and conducting research into new defense programs. It is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

  • Competitive salaries

  • 10 holidays per year

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity and paternity leave, personal and family sick leave

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, museums, and opera.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Doyle, Christine Louise

Organization Name: CCS-2/ Computational Physics & Methods

Email: cdoyle@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computational Physics & Methods Group Leader (R&D; Manager 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69102