Los Alamos National Laboratory XTD - DO Deputy Division Leader (R&D Manager 5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title XTD - DO Deputy Division Leader (R&D Manager 5)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name XTD-DO/ X Theoretical Design

What You Will Do

The X-Theoretical Design Division (XTD) is responsible for assessing the performance of the existing Los Alamos weapons systems in the U.S. nuclear stockpile and for providing options to the U.S. government in order to maintain and modernize the stockpile. The Division is responsible for providing intellectual leadership toward improved predictive understanding of all aspects of nuclear weapon physics and performance, for the development of weapon certification methods, and for playing a leadership role in the integration of weapons-directed theoretical, experimental and modeling activities throughout the Laboratory. The Deputy Division Leader, (R&D Manager 5), is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating and ensuring the quality of XTD’s stockpile assessment activities, including the expression of uncertainties in our assessments;

  • Coordinating and ensuring the quality of XTD’s scientific activities to address Significant Finding Investigations (SFIs);

  • Ensuring the quality and pedigree of XTD’s baselines;

  • Working closely with the Division Leader (DL) to ensure that XTD’s baselines and assessments have a rigorous scientific foundation and are oriented appropriately towards future as well as current needs; and

  • Maintaining and developing good working relationships with stakeholders inside and outside of the Laboratory

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical expertise and deep experience in the mission and focus areas of nuclear-weapon physics and design

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and record of achievement in weapons science as evidenced by technical publications, programmatic contributions, and recognition within the scientific community

  • Broad understanding of the goals of XTD activities and their relationship to an integrated Laboratory stockpile stewardship program

  • Demonstrated leadership skills (vision, strategic thinking, creativity, innovation, institutional perspective, team building, decisiveness and integrity)

  • Demonstrated commitment to technical and scientific excellence

  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and timeliness of deliverables

  • Demonstrated management skills in the execution of technical challenges, as well as the ability to motivate others to identify and successfully address technical challenges

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to assimilate, evaluate, and communicate technical information

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with others at all levels, work cooperatively in a team environment and build consensus, and expeditiously and professionally resolve conflict

  • Demonstrated commitment to Lab goals in the areas of security, safety, work force diversity, and employee development

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance

Desired Skills:

  • Active Q clearance

  • Demonstrated experience in direct stockpile-related programs

  • Demonstrated experience in nuclear physics, particle physics, neutral or charged-particle transport, fluid dynamics, shock physics, high explosives, equations of state, materials science, plasma physics, or other closely related discipline

  • Experience with large-scale simulation of complex physical processes

  • Experience in designing, analyzing, coordinating and/or conducting experimental activities

Education: A minimum of a BS in science or engineering is required. A PhD in physics, engineering, applied mathematics or related discipline strongly preferred.

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

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity leave, sick time

  • Paid parental leave

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 140600

Maximum Salary 243500

Contact Details

Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Email danaj@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71161