Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
We are seeking exceptionally motivated, innovative scientists and research engineers to join our highly collaborative and dynamic remote sensing team.
The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX.
This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)
The selected candidate will be expected to contribute in one or more of the following areas:
Research and development in one of the group’s primary disciplines, including lightning science, ionospheric physics, and ground or space-based radio frequency or optical remote sensing
Development of signal processing and analysis techniques for radio frequency or optical remote sensing data
Modeling of source physics, signal propagation, or sensor performance
Design and execution of scientific experiments
Analysis and visualization of large datasets
Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level the candidate will be expected to lead small projects or teams in innovative research and development.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience in scientific data analysis, preferably in a field related to lightning science.
Experience with one or more advanced mathematical analysis methods, such as time series analysis, inverse problems, advanced statistical methods, and machine learning
Experience with scientific computing and demonstrable knowledge of one or more scientific programming languages (especially Python, MATLAB, or IDL)
Demonstrated record of recent innovation through publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or contributions to major reports
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team, with good communication skills
Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Experience developing and writing successful research grant proposals for innovative research.
Mentoring & Teamwork:
The ability and desire to lead small teams. Experience mentoring students and/or postdocs
Education/Experience at lower level: Positions requires a Bachelor’ degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Programming experience with Python
Experience working with large datasets
Active DOE Q Clearance
Notes to Applicants: Please provide a prose cover letter describing your research experience, technical accomplishements, and interests, particularly as it relates to the description of work and job requirements outlined above. Applications without cover letters may not be considered.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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.
Where You Will Work
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)
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.
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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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: 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call1-505-665-4444option 1.
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Vacancy Name: IRC84680
Organization Name ISR-2/Space & Remote Sensing
Req ID: IRC84680