Los Alamos National Laboratory Seaborg Institute Leader (Scientist 5 / 6) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Los Alamos branch of the G. T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science (ITS) is searching for an Institute Leader. The ITS mission is to provide a focus for actinide science, to develop and maintain US preeminence in actinide science and technology, and to help train a future generation of scientists and engineers in actinide science and technology. At Los Alamos, the ITS serves to integrate research programs on the chemical, physical, nuclear, and metallurgical properties of the lighter actinide elements, with a special emphasis on plutonium, as well as their applications in nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, nuclear energy and reactor technology, nuclear waste management and associated environmental science, and global security issues associated with actinide materials. The Institute Leader reports to the Program Director of the National Security Education Center (NSEC), where the ITS serves as a national center for the education and training of students, visiting scientists, faculty, etc. at all educational levels in actinide science. The Leader is responsible for developing and creating cooperative basic research programs in actinide science throughout the Laboratory that will help address developing program needs. These include: coordinating workshops and working groups on current topics in actinide science in collaboration with major Laboratory programs; management and maintenance of an active internal/external seminar program; hosting visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students for short and long-term visits; working with group and division managers to establish long-term scientific and technical vision and direction for Los Alamos actinide science; organization and management of summer schools for actinide science; and management of a post-doctoral research program in actinide science.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 5 or Scientist 6 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 5($140,600 - $243,500)

The successful Center Leader candidate will:

  • Provide scientific leadership and line management of the G. T. Seaborg Institute at LANL and plays an institutional and integrating role in collaboration with scientists throughout the Laboratory.

  • Maintain the charter, vision and implementation strategy for the institute in collaboration with the relevant Laboratory division leadership that builds on and complements the Laboratory’s Science Pillar Strategy.

  • Establish long-term scientific and technical vision and direction for actinide science in collaboration with group and division Leaders, and program offices.

  • Coordinate external visible workshops and working groups on current and emerging topics in actinide science and technology in collaboration with major Laboratory programs and divisions.

  • Manage and maintain an active internal/external seminar program, coordination of visiting scholars, and representation of the Institute at national and international scientific and administrative meetings, including the Plutonium Futures – The Science conference.

  • Management responsibilities include accountability for quality research, management of financial and human resources, proactive support of Laboratory safety, security, environment and diversity objectives, the communications/marketing strategy for the Institute.

Scientist 6 ($171,600 - $343,400)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:_


  • Provide scientific leadership and play an integrating role in collaboration with scientists outside of LANL on an international level; serve as a role model for effective and creative technical leadership at an international level.

  • Serve in a consultative role to senior-level Laboratory management and/or governmental management representatives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated successful experience in one or more of the following disciplines: actinide chemistry, physics, or materials science; nuclear physics; nuclear chemistry; radiochemistry.

  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining research collaborations, from the identification of new potential topics to forming teams, promoting proposals, and executing projects.

  • Experience and accomplishments in strategic and tactical planning and in collaborative execution of the plans.

  • Ability to balance competing interests with available resources and establish clear priorities and focus.

  • Demonstrated record of effective management and leadership in the following areas: financial management, facilities and operational management (safety, security, environment), and personnel management.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, including uncompromising honesty and integrity; and ability to earn the respect of subordinates, supervisors, peers, and customers.

  • Record of effective two-way written and oral communications skills, as evidenced by internal and external interactions, including briefings, presentations, publications, peer reviews, and meetings.

  • Demonstrated record of commitment to quality, excellence, and diversity in the workplace.

  • To be considered for this position, you must provide a cover letter that addresses each of the minimum and desired qualifications for this position.

Additional Job Requirements for the Scientist 6:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 6 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience building international, multi-disciplinary or intensely focused teams and serve as a technical resource and mentor to international communities.

  • Demonstrated experience in a consultative role to senior-level Laboratory management and/or governmental management representatives.

Desired Skills:

  • Detailed knowledge of the Laboratory, the universities, DOE, NNSA, and other national and international programs of relevance to the Institute’s activities.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

Education: Position requires Doctoral degree in science or engineering, including information/computing science or engineering, from an accredited college or university, and ten years’ experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Lynn, Barbara Ann

Organization Name: NSEC / National Security Education Center

Email: bal@lanl.gov

Job Title: Seaborg Institute Leader (Scientist 5 / 6)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69403