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

What You Will Do

Join our world class team of Earth scientists! The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at LANL is seeking two dynamic, innovative individuals to assist in leading the Earth Systems Observations group, EES-14. EES-14 is a diverse Group of about 100 members comprised of staff, post-docs, and students with an annual budget of approximately $50M. EES-14 performs experimental research encompassing geologic, geochemical, geospatial, hydrological, ecological, landscape, and atmospheric sciences within controlled laboratory environments and field-based studies, from polar to tropical latitudes, along with state-of-the-art data analytics and advanced computer modeling.

The selected candidates will support the Group Leader in all aspects of group leadership. As part of a large and diverse group with multiple facilities, they will assist the Group Leader with operational, strategic development, and personnel development activities. The specific responsibilities for this position include research program development, oversight and technical development of laboratory facilities, safety and compliance, promoting diversity as well as assisting with personnel management. The Deputy Group Leaders are responsible for maintaining a strong safety and security envelope while cultivating a culture of respect for safety and security within the Group.

Responsibilities for these positions will strongly overlap, with some intentional focus on particular teams, capabilities, and programs based on the successful applicants’ background and interests. Areas in which you could help EES-14 grow broadly include, but are not limited to, national-security/non-proliferation, decarbonization of the economy, sustainable energy, climate and ecological security, natural hazards, subsurface fluid flow (e.g., for geothermal energy or carbon dioxide storage applications), advanced reactor fuels, and logistical deployments in support of the scientific enterprise. Deputy Group Leader positions are funded at the 50% level, where each will fill the remaining 50% of their funding portfolio with programmatic or basic research in areas broadly relevant to EES-14. The Deputy Group Leaders are supported by five Team Leaders, two administrative assistants, and a financial analyst.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical accomplishments relevant to one or more of the EES-14 areas of research and operations (see the list in the “Where You Will Work” section below).

  • Demonstrated scientific leadership of research project teams and/or management of a research-oriented organization.

  • Record of identifying and responding to funding opportunities and program development.

  • Thorough knowledge of and proven ability to conduct research and/or development activities, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions to problems affecting research and development activities, projects, and/or initiatives.

  • Must include a CV with a publication list and a cover letter addressing your background and vision as they fulfill the job requirements and desired skills.

Education/Experience : Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in an Earth Science discipline (e.g. geo science, environmental physics, chemistry, hydrology, ecology, atmospheric science) and 5 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position. A PhD in a related STEM field is strongly preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in and managing field-based programs and/or analytical laboratories with chemical, electrical, pressure and/or radiological safety requirements.

  • Experience in helping personnel with career development, which may include mentoring and motivating colleagues, resolving conflicts, and commitment to diversity in the workplace.

  • Demonstrated ability in technical writing, including reports, proposals, and presentations.

  • Knowledge of and networks with external sponsoring organizations (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, other government agencies, Industry, etc.) and with existing or potential external or internal collaborators.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.

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

COVID Vaccine : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 .

Note to Applicants: Please include a CV with a publication list and a cover letter addressing your background and vision as they fulfill the job requirements and desired skills.

Where You Will Work

The EES-14 Group is characterized by a balance of basic and applied research, leading to the development of novel and integrated capabilities that can be utilized to address practical problems for a variety of sponsors in DOE, NNSA, other federal agencies, and a variety of industries. Experimental facilities include a well-equipped suite of geochemical analytical labs for the characterization of rocks and fluids; high pressure experimental equipment; a suite of radioactive-capable labs for actinide studies at in-situ conditions; triaxial core flood with in-situ tomography and a high-pressure load frame for studies of rock mechanical behavior under stress; high pressure-temperature microfluidics stage; light stable isotope mass spectrometers and peripherals; equipment for laboratory and in situ measurements of atmospheric trace gas and aerosol particle characterization and a greenhouse with controllable growth chambers for plant physiological research. The Group conducts scientific research and technical work across all classification levels. The work conducted in each of the five teams within the EES-14 Group are summarized below:

Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystem Science

  • Monitoring and attribution of atmospheric greenhouse gases; absorbing aerosol chemistry and climate impacts

  • Hydrological, geochemical and geomorphological response to regional and global climate change

  • Vegetation-climate interactions, dynamic terrestrial vegetation modeling, plant stress responses, use of plant-microbiome interactions to improve plant stress tolerance, and plants as biosensors

Geology and Geospatial Analysis

  • Observation and analysis of geological controls on fracturing and gas migration associated with underground nuclear explosions and geologic repositories

  • Complex, multi-modality geospatial analysis of natural and anthropogenic phenomena, including analysis of temporal change

  • Field-based geologic signature analyses using a range of novel sensors and deployment systems

Radionuclide Geochemistry

  • Fundamental research on the biogeochemical transformations and fate and transport of actinides, and other radionuclides, under environmental conditions

  • Characterization of geomaterials using advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques for applications including unconventional hydrocarbon production and geologic CO 2 sequestration

  • Actinide chemistry at elevated temperatures and pressures, including thermodynamics of solid phases and aqueous species

Geomaterials and Geochemistry Research Lab

  • Subsurface science related to rock fracturing and fluid flow in fractured reservoirs

  • Repository and borehole conditions of high temperature and pressure fluid and mineral phase transitions

  • Carbon sequestration and wellbore integrity

Field Instrument Deployments and Operations.

  • Supports two DOE scientific user facilities and one fixed facility charged with making detailed observations about the earth’s atmosphere

  • Operations and logistics for the global deployment of atmospheric sciences observation instruments and equipment

The Group is part of the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division which is a highly interactive, well-funded basic and applied research organization with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and a staff of approximately 225, with core disciplines that include Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geomaterials, Geography, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science, Plant Physiology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science, Applied Math, and Geotechnical Engineering.

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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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 PolicyPolicy P701for 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 Duran, Andria M
Email amduran@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC91316
Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC91316
Category: Science