Los Alamos National Laboratory Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Group Leader (R&D; Manager 4) will have responsibilities in the leadership of the scientific, technical, and administrative aspects of managing the group. The Group Leader provides leadership to a diverse group serving as the Responsible Line Manager, providing direct input and oversight to the work being performed by the group. A primary responsibility of the M-7 Group Leader is the safe and secure conduct of high explosives (HE) research. The position includes: promoting and ensuring personnel development, program development, effective program execution with sound fiscal management, as well as safe, secure and environmentally sound operations. The 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. Other duties include: developing and fostering effective teams to meet customer goals; championing quality assurance, formality of operations, authorization basis compliance, project management, and other aspects of integrated safety and work management; identifying and acting on opportunities to influence directions, policy and vision, both internal and external to the organization as well as managing performance/salary management activities, resolving personnel issues; overseeing strategic hiring to maintain core capabilities, and promoting diversity in the workforce. You will be part of the team executing the construction of the Energetic Materials Characterization Facility (EMCF).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong background and record of technical achievement in explosives science, chemistry, engineering, or development.

  • Technical understanding of the broad scope of work conducted in M-7, including new HE molecule synthesis, HE manufacturing and formulation, HE pressing and machining (cutting/polishing), analytical techniques, dynamic testing, additive manufacturing and thermal/mechanical characterization.

  • Demonstrated evidence of professional development and mentoring of employees, and competence in leading teams and building rapport with reports, peers, and supervisors.

  • Understanding of how to safely execute work using human performance improvement principles as part of a learning organization, including experience/familiarity with HE hazard analysis and the HE safety guidance and procedures. Familiarity with DOE-STD-1212-2012 is strongly desirable.

  • Experience in conflict resolution and in dealing with performance issues, including Human Performance Improvement principles.

  • Well-articulated leadership philosophy/strategy backed by personal examples.

  • Strong record of effective written and verbal communication skills, as evidenced by application materials, letters of reference, and by seminars, briefings, presentations, and publications.

  • Record of commitment to promoting diversity in the workplace, AA/EEO, security, quality, environment and health.

  • Knowledge of internal and external funding agencies (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, etc.), including experience and engagement with programmatic sponsors.

Desired Skills:

  • Evidence of an ability to influence scientific direction at the national level.

  • Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships, internally across groups, divisions and directorates, and externally with other laboratories, universities, and industrial partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with regulatory and oversight agencies and personnel.

  • Financial management skills and commitment to good business practices as demonstrated by performance and accomplishments in previous work assignments.

Physical Job Requirement:Domestic and Foreign Travel

Education Required:Minimum requirement is a PhD in chemical or physical sciences or engineering. A MS with comparable experience may be considered.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of 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.

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 leads LANL’s current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts. M-7, the High Explosives Science and Technology Group, serves the Laboratory and the Nation providing the knowledge base in High Explosives (HE) for the Nuclear Weapons Program and other critical national security areas. The Group's capabilities include chemical synthesis of new explosives and energetic and inert materials; preparation of composite energetic materials; reactive materials research; complete analytical and physical characterization services; small-scale safety, sensitivity, and performance testing of energetic materials; and applied problem solving. Additional capabilities include expertise in the materials science and physics of energetic materials, and high explosive engineering responsibility for the cradle to grave care of the explosives and energetic materials developed and used by Los Alamos. M-7 is also responsible for engineering and manufacturing precision high explosives and mock components for a diverse R&D; customer base to meet present and future national security needs in a safe, secure and efficient manner.

The Division has a diverse portfolio of research, development, and application projects involving the dynamic properties of inert and reactive weapons materials including the physics of shock waves in inert and energetic materials, the molecular synthesis of novel energetic materials, the formulation of EM into engineered materials, the shock initiation and detonation physics of explosives, the response of explosives to various stimuli including electrical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, impact, shock and laser interactions, the development and small-scale application of unique energetic materials, and the diverse application of high-explosive driven pulsed-power (HEPP) systems.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Broge, Margaret Ann

Organization Name: HE Science and Technology (M-7)

Email: mbroge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Group Leader (R&D; Manager 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70407