Los Alamos National Laboratory Director of the Office of Science Program Office (Project-Program Director 6) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Director of the Office of Science Program Office (Project-Program Director 6)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name SPO-SC/Science Prgm Office-Office of Science

What You Will Do

The Director of the Office of Science program office reports to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences. Working with senior technical management, the Director is responsible for identifying specific program areas for strategic emphasis (growth, maintenance, and reduction) that support and diversify the Laboratory missions, building and drawing upon technical strengths of the Laboratory consistent with Laboratory and SC strategies. The Director defines the objectives and scope of these efforts by developing, communicating, and executing a customer interface plan for Laboratory SC programs, catalyzing Laboratory participation on SC advisory committees and review committees, supporting and stimulating Laboratory ALD and Deputy Director communication with the SC Director and SC Associate Directors, and promoting change-of-station assignments by Laboratory staff at DOE SC and SC-supported scientific facilities. The Director serves as a resource to LANL scientists and management, providing useful advice and information on SC mission, programs, and strategies. Further, the Director works with peers in the LDRD, Global Security and Nuclear Weapons program offices to understand and develop scientific capabilities relevant to both SC and other DOE and NNSA missions. In particular, the Director partners with the Civilian Nuclear Program Office, the Alternative Energy Program Office, and the Global Security Program Office in defining the Laboratory’s energy security strategy. As the primary interface to the Office of Science, this position will require extensive travel.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated scientific or technical leadership in an area supported by the Office of Science.

  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, executing, evaluating, and reporting on R&D projects and overall program impact.

  • Track record in leading strategy and translating this into programmatic growth at a national level.

  • Extensive experience in the development and application of sponsor/customer needs (including their plans, constraints, and requirements).

  • Extensive broad and deep knowledge of the capabilities of the Laboratory, and effective understanding of the national context in this area, including identifying and analyzing possible competitors, contributors, and teaming arrangements, and effectively describing the Laboratory's strengths in the area.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form to a broad range of audiences as evidenced by record of peer-reviewed publications and presentations to professional organizations, and preparation of technical documents for non-technical audiences.

  • Management and leadership skills for overseeing a small office, including knowledge, skills, and abilities in resource management (e.g., hiring; termination; coaching; performance assessments; annual salary adjustment processes; managing conflict, etc.) and financial management.

  • A Ph.D. degree in a scientific or engineering field relevant to the Office of Science programs or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • The successful candidate must possess the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Desired Skills :

  • Direct experience with Office of Science programs.

Education Required: A Ph.D. degree in a scientific or engineering field relevant to the Office of Science programs or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Notes to Applicants: For consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position and their vision for the 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.

Through the DOE Office of Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) conducts long-term, national-security-inspired fundamental science. These often high-risk and high-payoff efforts enable remarkable discoveries and tools that transform our understanding of energy and matter and advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. These programs further help LANL attract, retain, and develop a highly inventive and innovative workforce closely connected with the best researchers and facilities in the world. To validate the quality, relevance and performance of our work, the Office of Science (SC) sets the most rigorous standards of competition peer review and project management. LANL’s Office of Science program office constitutes the interface between LANL’s SC programs and performers and the DOE Office of Science, managing SC programs at LANL as an institutional portfolio.

As a component of a multipurpose National Laboratory, LANL’s SC portfolio spans the entire spectrum of basic research provided by the DOE Office of Sciences, including Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High Energy Physics (HEP), Nuclear Physics (NP), Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, and Project Assessment. Total funding to LANL from DOE-SC was $121M in FY18, a 17% increase over FY17 funding.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 168400

Maximum Salary 299900

Contact Details

Contact Name Broge, Margaret Ann

Email mbroge@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71226