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


Job Title Group Leader (R&D Manager 4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name MST-7/Engineered Materials

What You Will Do

Materials, Science, & Technology (MST) Division is the Laboratory’s focal point for structural materials research, development, and application at the Laboratory. MST Division also provides the materials science and technology base needed to maintain confidence in the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons, and applies its technical expertise to a broad range of nonproliferation, intelligence, energy (especially nuclear energy), environment, infrastructure and conventional defense challenges.

MST-7, the Engineered Materials Group in Materials Science & Technology Division, is an organization committed to scientific excellence, with great breadth and depth many areas of materials science. These areas include: target fabrication for high energy density physics experiments and inertial confinement fusion (ICF), polymer science and engineering, coatings, (including physical and chemical vapor deposition), and an extensive material characterization & qualification capability. Together, they are applied towards solving scientific and technical problems of importance to the nation and to the world. In particular, MST-7 applies an extensive knowledge of chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering to study matter under various environmental and extreme conditions relevant to our customers and characterizes them for their material-performance relationships. MST-7 is involved in many research programs of importance to LANL including: ICF, nuclear weapons programs (including core and enhanced surveillance), directed stockpile and lifetime extension programs, global security, homeland defense, and nuclear energy materials technologies. MST-7 personnel include scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians and administrative support personnel, who team within the group and with other organizations to fulfill our many missions.

The Group Leader is expected to lead the tactical and strategic planning for the Group ensuring mission needs and programmatic deliverables are met today and into the future. The Group Leader is expected to maintain a broad-based and integrated set of capabilities for its core customer, the nuclear weapons program, but also complimentary programs such as applied energy, nuclear energy, non-proliferation, global security and basic sciences. The Group Leader will be responsible for leading the development of new programs based on innovative combinations of the Group’s core competencies in partnership with other organizations. The Group Leader will be responsible for fostering a creative, stimulating and rewarding work environment for the workforce and be an advocate and promoter for career development of the employees. The Group Leader will ensure the group’s needs are met while being in alignment with institutional goals and objectives. The Group Leader is also responsible for business management of the group, including fiscal, salary, property, quality, resource allocation, and capital and space issues. Of particular importance is creating an effective operations environment meeting mission deliverables while maintaining a safe and secure workplace. These responsibilities include aggressively pursuing the Laboratory and Division Environment, Safety & Health, Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguard and Security management and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment/Diversity objectives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical leadership and management excellence including scientific vision development, strategic thinking/planning, and responsiveness to tactical drivers.

  • Demonstrated strong record of technical accomplishments and demonstrated professional experience in at least one of the scientific areas critical for this portfolio, i.e. polymer science, polymer engineering, mechanical engineering, target fabrication, additive manufacturing, or surface science and coatings.

  • Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries, internally and externally, to achieve institutional objectives.

  • Demonstrated record of effective teamwork, building consensus, and effectively resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated record of excellent management of projects or research teams, including budget preparation, financial management, managing customer expectations and oversight.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop the future workforce and pipeline including mentoring and motivating employees.

  • Working knowledge of the operational rigor needed to maintain safe, secure, and regulatory compliant operations in a Low Hazard, Radiological Facility involving classified operations.

  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to develop innovative operational solutions enabling mission deliverables to be met in a timely and cost-effective manner while ensuring adherence to compliance requirements.

  • Ph.D. in materials science, physical science, engineering or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong relationships with Experimental Science Programs, Surveillance, Directed Stockpile Work, Advanced Manufacturing Campaign and relevant personnel at Program Headquarters.

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

  • Knowledge of target fabrication for high energy density and ICF experiments.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the nuclear weapons program needs and customers that MST-7 supports.

  • Demonstrated ability to grow new programs beyond PI level efforts.

  • Successful experience interacting with external funding agencies (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, etc.).

  • Active “Q” clearance.

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.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 126700

Maximum Salary 219800

Contact Details

Contact Name Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Email jstandifer@lanl.gov

Work Telephone 505-665-6726

Req ID: IRC71065