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


Job Title Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name Shock and Detonation Physics (M-9)

What You Will Do

The Deputy Group Leader will have responsibilities in the leadership of the scientific, technical and administrative aspects of managing the group, which includes promoting program development activities, ensuring effective program execution and sound fiscal management, promoting personnel development, and ensuring that operations are conducted in a safe, secure, and environmentally sound manner. The deputy group leader will team with other M Division managers to determine and promote long-range goals to ensure that the Division performs the highest quality research relevant to national needs. As the Deputy Group Leader, you will partner with the Group Leader in managing multiple staff and technical activities of the group to meet programmatic deliverables and milestones. You will also serve as a contact for staff regarding professional development, facilitation of resources, and managerial guidance; develop and foster effective teams to manage the group’s capabilities and resources to meet customer goals; and manage human resources related functions including: annual performance appraisals, hiring and conflict resolution. You will collaborate with Weapon System program managers for integrated project planning efforts, including fostering the development of new research.

The Deputy Group Leader for the Shock and Detonation Physics Group will report to the M-9 Group Leader. Selected candidate will have regular interaction with Facilities Operations Directorate personnel. The position is funded at a 50% level and the selected candidate is expected to have or develop technical work for the remaining 50% time related to work within M-9.

What You Need

Primary/Minimum Job Requirements for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Strong background in shock and detonation physics or related field; the ability to contribute technically to one or more group projects, and the ability to develop programs in associated complementary technical areas.

  • Demonstrated successful leadership of projects and personnel. Able to set goals, with demonstrated follow through to completion via effective tasking of teams and individuals.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and record of commitment to promoting objectives in safety, quality, security, environment, health, diversity, etc.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which typically requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to provide direction and vision through positive example and action, effective and timely decision making, prudent resource/fiscal management, and application of sound business practices.

  • Demonstrated experience with staff development including mentoring, team building, conflict resolution, and performance issues.

  • Experience with explosives science and explosives operations, including knowledge of DOE Standard 1212-2012.

  • Knowledge of LANL business systems, including financial, budget, forecasts, and tracking progress towards milestones for technical projects.

  • Knowledge of operations processes and procedures at LANL, including high-explosive operations, facilities maintenance and upgrades, and IWDs.

  • Formal project management training or demonstrated equivalent on the job experience.

  • Formal management training or equivalent on the job experience.

  • An active Q clearance.


  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or STEM discipline, or equivalent engineering or science experience.

  • Advanced degree in engineering or STEM discipline or equivalent engineering/science experience, preferred.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Lifting 10-20 pounds.

Work Environment: Working alone, working overtime or irregular schedule, domestic/foreign travel, work near sources of ionizing radiation, and work with weapons or explosives.

Notes to Applicants: All applicants must submit a cover letter addressing how he/she meets the required and desired skills of the position, in order to be evaluated for this position.

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 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.

Explosive Science and Shock Physics (M) Division is responsible for current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts. We support National Security through the application of energetic materials and our static and dynamic compression science capability for understanding material response at extreme conditions to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs.

M-9, the Shock and Detonation Physics Group, delivers precision data, advanced diagnostics, and high-fidelity models for dynamic properties of energetic and inert materials to Los Alamos National Laboratory and the nation. Among the group’s technical competencies are detonation theory, model development and supporting experimentation; dynamic and shock response of a broad range of materials, including studies at national user facilities; shockwave compression of organic matter and shock-induced chemistry; static high-pressure science; and ultrafast shock and chemical dynamics studies. The Group is seeking a Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3) to be a strong member of the group management team.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 116900

Maximum Salary 197000

Contact Details

Contact Name Broge, Margaret Ann

Email mbroge@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC70602