Los Alamos National Laboratory MST-16 Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title MST-16 Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science

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.

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) focuses on materials science and engineering solutions for the Laboratory’s nuclear weapons, energy security and threat reduction programs, as well as fundamental science. The group consists of four teams in the following competency areas: Metallography and Microscopy, Corrosion and Surface Science, Materials Properties, and Dynamic Testing. MST-16 is a group of about 45 employees whose main work areas are the plutonium facility at TA-55, the actinides lab at the Target Fabrication Facility, the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building, and the upcoming materials characterization labs in the Radiological Laboratory Utility and Office Building (RLUOB). The main programmatic support for the group comes from the nuclear weapons program. There are also significant programs in energy, and global security.

This opening is for a second Deputy Group Leader position in MST-16. The Deputy Group Leader is expected to assist in leading the tactical and strategic planning for the Group, helping ensure that mission needs and programmatic deliverables are met today and into the future. The Deputy Group Leader is also expected to help maintain a broad-based and integrated set of capabilities for plutonium R&D supporting science and manufacturing. The Deputy Group Leader will assist in the development of new programs based on innovative combinations of the Group’s core competencies, including the Group’s efforts to maintain an adequate and stable funding base which requires partnering with programmatic and line organizations across the Laboratory – particularly in the Physical Sciences, Weapons Engineering and Weapons Production Directorates. The Deputy Group Leader will also assist the Group Office in the business management of the group, including fiscal, salary, property, quality, resource allocation, and capital and space issues. The Deputy Group Leader will be a key member of the MST-16 Group management team helping to ensure the group’s adherence to Conduct of Operations and maintenance of a safe and secure workplace, while meeting mission deliverables. 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

Qualifications We Require:

  • Demonstrated technical leadership and excellence including recruitment, development, and retention of personnel.

  • Demonstrated experience and accomplishments in management and oversight of technical projects and teams, development of innovative operational solutions enabling mission delivery in both a timely and cost-effective manner, including the ability to respond to rapidly changing tactical drivers.

  • Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries to achieve institutional objectives.

  • Demonstrated record of effective teamwork, including mentoring and motivating employees, building consensus, and effectively resolving conflicts.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of implementing Formality of Operations in Research & Development activities.

  • Demonstrated record of excellent fiscal management including budget preparation and oversight.

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

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Demonstrated strong record of technical accomplishments and professional experience in materials science, relevant physical sciences, or manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the nuclear weapons program needs and customers that MST-16 supports.

  • Working knowledge of the operational rigor needed to maintain safe, secure, and regulatory compliant operations in a Nuclear Facility.

  • Experience in working with relevant MST-16 sponsor/stakeholder organizations, both within LANL, but also including DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, etc… Includes experience or previous involvement in Pit Manufacturing, Pit Certification, Pit Surveillance, other Stockpile Stewardship projects, or LANL’s LDRD program.

  • Experience working in both R&D and manufacturing environments, highly desirable.

  • 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.

  • Advanced degree in materials science or related field, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Active “Q” clearance and HRP certification.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the work authorization basis and process for installation of new equipment at the Plutonium Facilities, including familiarity with current compliance and regulatory requirements for nuclear facilities.

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.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 116900

Maximum Salary 197000

Contact Details

Contact Name Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Email jstandifer@lanl.gov

Work Telephone 505-665-6726

Req ID: IRC69839