Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Manager 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) is seeking candidates for First Line Manager (FLM) positions. These FLMs will report to the MST-16 Group Leader and will assist in the oversight of operations and/or R&D; activities. The FLMs will have the responsibility, authority and accountability to execute work that supports programmatic milestones and deliverables. This work is largely based in the TA-55 Plutonium Facility but may also include the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB) and other radiological facilities in which MST-16 has operations.

Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Serve as the FLM to oversee the daily activities of scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, and skilled support employees within a team.

  • Aid in the planning, organizing, and definition of strategic objectives to meet group deliverables and milestones.

  • Provide technical and/or operational guidance to direct reports.

  • Establish scope, schedule, and budget through work package development and resource management.

  • Ensure that administrative and operating procedures are current, understood, and adhered to before releasing work.

  • Determine work priorities and developing plans for the tactical execution of work.

  • Work with facility operations staff to execute work safely, securely, with quality, and in compliance with nuclear facility requirements.

  • Cross-organizational interaction with external regulatory or oversight agencies and integration of work.

  • Provide ongoing communications with line management on work status, deliverables and commitments

  • Effective time management skills and the ability to deal effectively with changing priorities and conflicting demands.

  • Effective teamwork in accomplishing objectives, including mentoring and motivating peers providing financial stewardship over budget, procurement, time and labor, travel, and property.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of materials properties, materials characterization, mechanical and dynamic testing, or related aspects of materials science and engineering.

  • Experience executing technical work in a highly regulated environment.

  • Experience planning for and managing the execution of technical work.

  • Experience in teaming with multiple organizations to accomplish objectives, including mentoring and motivating peers and direct reports.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work in a team environment.

  • Experience maintaining a safe, secure, and productive work environment.

  • Knowledge of Classified Matter Protection and Control, Cyber Security, HRP Certification and Security Clearance responsibilities, and TA-55 Fissionable Material Handler Certification.

  • Ability to obtain a Q-Clearance and HRP.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team of technicians, engineers, scientists and professional staff.

  • Demonstrated expertise in materials properties, materials characterization, mechanical and dynamic testing, or related aspects of materials science and engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience directing technical work in a highly regulated environment.

  • Experience with nuclear high hazard facility operating requirements, safety authorization basis and/or Conduct of Operations planning and execution.

  • Experience as a fissionable material handler and glovebox worker.

  • Knowledgeable of the laboratory’s Integrated Work Management (IWM) and integrated safety and security management (ISSM) procedures.

  • Experience in project and program management, including planning, organizing, and resource management.

  • Experience with Classified Matter Protection and Control, Cyber Security, HRP Certification and Security Clearance responsibilities, and TA-55 Fissionable Material Handler Certification.

  • Active Q-Clearance and HRP.


Bachelor’s degree in a physical science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience. To manage at TA-55, four years nuclear experience is required. Education or experience that is job-related may be substituted for a degree on a case-by-case basis. The degree may fulfill 3 of the 4 years of nuclear experience required on a one-for-one time basis.

Notes to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants should submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum job requirements and desired skills of the position along with a Resume/CV.

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.

Nuclear Materials Science (MST-16) is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a variety of fundamental to applied programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, the Science Program, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, various global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains a multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF-4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.

Maximum Salary: 178300

Minimum Salary: 105600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Broge, Margaret Ann

Organization Name: MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science

Email: mbroge@lanl.gov

Job Title: R&D; Manager 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69484