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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory T-5 Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Theoretical Division is seeking candidates for the Group Leader position in the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group. The Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group (T-5) in the Theoretical Division conducts research in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, optimization and control, artificial intelligence, image reconstruction/processing, network science, theoretical and computational plasma physics, space weather and fusion energy science. The group integrates an interdisciplinary team of researchers trained in mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics and engineering.

The group leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Strategic and operational management of the group

  • Participation in division-level visions and strategies

  • Promoting and maintaining fruitful scientific interactions with both internal and external organizations

  • Working with staff scientists to recruit, mentor, and develop outstanding new scientific talent

  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and environment

  • Development of new opportunities to support the research enterprise in the group

  • Direct supervision of the group's staff with responsibility for their performance evaluation, salary, and career development.

The position is funded with the expectation that the successful candidate will lead the group while engaging personally in active and funded programmatic technical research at approximately 50% time.

The group is composed of 28 Ph. D. staff scientists and 21 postdoctoral fellows who are supported by an annual budget of $21 Million from multiple sponsors including DOE (NNSA, Office of Science, Office of Electricity, ARPA-E) and NASA. The group contributes to national and global security, with its researchers combining mathematical modeling, large scale computer simulations, and data analytics to support Los Alamos National Laboratory’s nuclear security mission. Recent awards in the group include the 2020 R&D 100 award for Amanzi–ATS: Modeling Environmental Systems across Scales.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated expertise and record of accomplishment in one or more of the research areas described above; the ability to contribute technically to one or more group projects, and the ability to develop programs in associated technical areas.

  • Effective and successful leadership experience, preferably in a scientific or technical team, group, or project setting.

  • Experience recruiting, mentoring, supervising, and facilitating the technical work of scientific researchers at all levels.

  • Effective communication skills, which includes the ability to engage in technical conversations across disciplines, the ability to discuss program strategies with current and potential sponsors, the ability to delegate tasks to staff and administrators, and an ability to interact with all levels of Laboratory management.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in applied mathematics, physics, engineering or equivalent independent research experience in theoretical or computational areas.

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience building collaborative relationships across group, division, laboratory, and national boundaries.

  • Experience proposing, developing, and sustaining research programs.

  • Demonstrated record of recruitment and mentoring of excellent scientists.

  • Previous program and/or line management experience

  • Ability to obtain a QClearance

Note to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a CV and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Human Resource Generalist, Melanie Vigil, mlvigil@lanl.gov or Theoretical Division Leader, Marianne Francois, mmfran@lanl.gov.

  • For full consideration, please submit your full application by February 28, 2021.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

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)

Additional Details

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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444option 1.

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Hall, Lorna Jane
Email lorna.hall@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC83363
Organization Name T-5/Applied Mathematics & Plasma Physics
Minimum Salary 150700
Maximum Salary 261000
Req ID: IRC83363
Category: Science