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Los Alamos National Laboratory Deputy Group Leader / (R&D Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Accelerator Operations and Technology Division (AOT) is seeking an R&D Manager 3 (Deputy Group Leader) for the Mechanical Design Engineering (MDE) group. The AOT-MDE Deputy Group Leader will serve as part of the AOT management team to provide leadership for the Division.

AOT maintains, operates, and upgrades all accelerator systems used at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) complex. These consist of two 750-keV Cockcroft-Walton based injector systems (H+ and H– systems), a 201.25-MHz drift tube linear accelerator utilizing high-power diacrode tubes, an 805-MHz coupled cavity linac utilizing klystrons as the primary power source, a proton storage ring, and roughly a kilometer of beam transport lines that feed beam to the 5 independent research programs. The MDE group is made up engineers, designers, and technicians focused on accelerator related technologies and is principly responsible for all the LANSCE mechanical beam line systems including: beam line electro-magnets, beam line alignment, beam line assembly, beam line vacuum systems, accelerating structure water cooling systems, and mechanical beam diagnostic systems.

The successful candidate will assist the Group Leader in providing strong technical and managerial leadership to the AOT-MDE Group. Furthermore, the Deputy Group Leader is expected to nurture and develop technical and professional excellence within the group and to work with group members to develop skills that contribute to their professional development. The position will entail solving problems (technical, fiscal, project, managerial), performing analyses needed to generate solutions, and interacting with all levels of personnel both internal and external to the Group, Division and Laboratory. Work time will be split roughly equally between management and actual technical work.

What You Need

Important note to Applicants: In order to be considered for this position applicants must submit

1. A cover letter describing why you consider yourself a strong candidate for Deputy Group Leader

  • The letter should also address each bullet point below separately explaining how your skills and qualifications meet the “Minimum Job Requirements” and “Desired Skills”

2. A detailed and complete Resume / Curriculum Vitae

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience in setting priorities, assigning tasks, evaluating performance, mentoring employees, coaching, team building, and conflict resolution.

  • Experience with identifying potential operational and/or project risks, development of risk mitigation strategies, corrective actions, recovery plans and closure of issues.

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge of and relevant experience in a one or more of the group’s core capabilities which include the following: fundamental mechanical engineering, thermal analysis, structural analysis, fluid analysis, electro-magnets, alignment technology, industrial cooling systems, accelerator vacuum systems, and mechanical beam diagnostic systems.

  • Experience in the design, operation, and modernization of mechanical systems at a large-scale facility similar in complexity to that found at an accelerator facility.

  • Demonstrated expertise with implementation and utilization of safe work procedures, processes, and methods similar to the LANL Integrated Work Management (IWM) process.

  • Demonstrated successful record of effective interpersonal verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in executing work and projects in a formality of operations compliant facility.

  • Demonstrated success in leading a technical project to include scheduling resources, monitoring project progress and budget, reporting on progress, resolving issues, and documenting the work accomplished.

  • Experience mentoring and/or developing staff and students.

  • Demonstrated success in setting priorities for and leading efficient, graded implementation of safety, security and safeguards, environmental management, and other core Laboratory business requirements.

  • Experience with designing, operating, and maintaining mechanical systems utilized in a radioactive environment.

  • Experience supervising employees needing to work around hazardous equipment and in hazardous environments to include those controlled for radiation and radioactive contamination.

Education/Experience: Minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. A Master’s or Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or a related field is preferred but not necessary.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

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.

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 maternity 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 (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. 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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Email lthalacker@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC87993
Organization Name AOT-MDE / AOT Mechanical Design Engineering
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC87993
Category: Engineering