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

What You Will Do_

The Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes Group 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.

The MST-8 Deputy Group Leader (DGL) will assist the Group Leader in providing scientific and technical leadership for the group, division and Laboratory in the areas of dynamic extremes of materials, nuclear energy, scattering science on the path to MaRIE, and radiation effects on materials. The Deputy Group Leader will also assist the Group Leader with managing our research portfolio and safety/security operations. The successful applicant for this position will have the authority and occasional responsibility for operational matters. The DGL will assist the GL in being an effective steward of the materials capabilities in these areas, ensure programmatic needs are fulfilled, provide fiscal stewardship, maintain operational excellence, and develop a strategy for program development and growth and engagement with LANL managers and national program offices. The DGL devotes about 50% of the time to these activities. The DGL devotes the other 50% of the time on technical activities that add value to MST-8, serving a unique purpose or applying unique expertise. This may be through a program management position, application of unique knowledge of program requirements, or through participation in experimental project(s). Additional goals and responsibilities are:

  • Assist in maintaining recognition as quasi-static and dynamic constitutive performance center of excellence at the lab for all materials except actinides.

  • Help develop and maintain a suite of nuclear energy and radiation damage programs centered around our national program roles, unique materials modeling expertise and the Ion Beam Materials Lab (IBML) leveraging office of science, fission, fusion and MaRIE efforts in the group.

  • Help manage the Fuels Research Laboratory (FRL) for nuclear energy programs.

  • Work with the GL in managing and operating the Electron Microscopy Laboratory (EML) to support Materials Science across the Laboratory and developing a long-term strategy for enhancing LANL capabilities and leadership in electron microscopy.

  • Foster excellence in neutron and x-ray scattering science and develop a scattering science pathway for future MaRIE capabilities.

  • Help develop, establish and maintain recognition of a unique materials modeling team that bridges experiment and modeling and complements the capabilities in T and CCS Divisions.

  • Develop an increased portfolio focused on development synthesis and characterization of novel detector materials. Revitalize the single crystal growth facility as a major capability for the laboratory and the nation.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Record of successful experimental scientific research and refereed publications in at least one of the scientific areas critical for this portfolio, i.e., radiation damage, dynamic extremes, materials science, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering.

  • Demonstrated scientific leadership and management skills, as demonstrated by the ability to organize, lead, and administer scientific experimental projects and teams.

  • Strong record of effective written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by a high quality refereed-publication record as well as presentations given at professional conferences, seminars, or briefings.

  • Excellent interpersonal and personnel management skills, including a demonstrated commitment to professional development and mentoring.

  • Financial management experience and demonstrated commitment to good business practices.

  • Record of commitment to safety, security, quality, diversity in the workplace.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster and encourage open communications, and to delegate both technical and administrative tasks successfully.

  • M.S. with commensurate experience in one of the disciplines relevant to MST-8 research, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with, or demonstrated ability to help represent the Group with funding agencies and LANL program management including National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Energy (DOE) {e.g., Office of Science (DOE-SC), Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE-EERE)_, Department of Defense (DoD), other customer agencies, the University of California (UC) and other educational institutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to grow new programs beyond PI level efforts. Demonstrated ability to grow new programs in global security is of particular interest.

  • Familiarity with LDRD, Office of Science, and Threat Reduction programs at LANL and throughout the complex.

  • Formal project and management training.

  • Familiarity with administrative policies and procedures, preferably at LANL or in an equivalent DOE institution.

  • Active "Q" clearance.

  • Ph.D. in one of the disciplines relevant to MST-8 research, or equivalent combination of 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 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.

MST-8’s mission is the understanding and prediction of structure-property relationships of materials under radiation and dynamic extremes. The group also partners with other organizations to extend this understanding to a prediction of performance in a system environment, e.g. nuclear reactors and weapons systems. The group uses experimental and modeling capabilities for material evaluation and prediction of structure/property relationships over length scales that range from nanometers to centimeters. The group hosts a suite of state-of-the-art experimental methods that are complemented by a comparable modeling effort. Approximately 80 staff is organized in five teams, three experimental and two modeling. Of the 80 full time employees approximately 1/4 are foreign nationals, 1/5 are postdocs. Approximately 50% of the group is DOE Q cleared.

Strategic directions for the group include quasi-static and dynamic constitutive performance; radiation tolerance, damage and effects; synthesis and characterization of functional materials; and use of ion beams, and x-ray and neutron scattering. Most programs have complementary fundamental science and applied components, as well as experimental and modeling components. In addition to a wide range of programmatic characterization capabilities the group also hosts two medium scale facilities: the Neutron Scattering and Ion Beam Materials Laboratory.

The MST-8 operating budget is approximately $24M. MST-8 serves as the landlord for the Materials Science Laboratory building (Technical Area 3, Building 1698) and provides administrative services for the community.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Chacon, Amy Sara

Organization Name: MST-8/ Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamics Extremes

Email: achacon@lanl.gov

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

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68713