Bioscience Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3)

What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multi-disciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

The Genomics and Bioanalytics group (B-GEN) and the Biochemistry and Biotechnology group (B-TEK) of Bioscience Division (B) are each seeking qualified applicants for the position of Deputy Group Leader (DGL). Bioscience Division is dynamic, intellectually rich, and collaborative with a broad portfolio of fundamental and applied research in biological science that focuses on biosecurity, energy security, and biotechnology development. The Division collaborates broadly with other LANL technical divisions in areas such as chemistry, earth science, materials science, and modeling, simulation and computational science. B-GEN houses significant capabilities in next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, and bioinformatics including molecular assay design, sequence analysis, and visual analytics. B-TEK oversees experimental capabilities in mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, flow cytometry, synthetic organic chemistry, microbiology, and cell biology.

The Deputy Group Leaders will be part of the Bioscience (B) Division management team and provide leadership in strategic direction and management oversight. B Division includes a multi-disciplinary, dynamic, and diverse set of experimental and computational scientists with an annual budget of >$70M. B Division serves the Nation by developing the science and technology needed to advance our knowledge of biological systems to address national level challenges in biosecurity and energy security. Research and development (R&D) includes addressing contemporary biothreats and preparing for future biorisks and threats (e.g., natural or engineered pathogens, environmental resources/sustainability, advanced biotechnologies).

The Deputy Group Leader will support the Group Leader in leading and managing the Group's scientific, human resource, operational, and outreach activities. The successful candidate will be committed to scientific excellence and a diverse workforce, provide technical leadership for the Group, and represent the Group in division-level science and program planning. They will function as a key part of the division's management team, sharing responsibility for the objectives and mission of Bioscience Division, including planning strategic directions and sound management practices. The successful candidate will foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, ensure a safe and secure work environment, and nurture professional excellence. The Deputy Group Leader will report to the Group Leader of B-GEN/B-TEK and share leadership and management of the groups' technical and programmatic activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Foster high-performing, multidisciplinary teams and be able to effectively identify and deal with personnel issues.
• Work closely with the group leader in areas of strategic workforce development, succession planning, recruiting, retention, and diversity of employees.
• Contribute to the operational and technical excellence of the Group by providing oversight and coordination of programmatic work, security and safety systems, conduct of operations, and quality assurance.
• Support group members in their everyday activities including, but not limited to complying with laboratory policies and regulations, preparation of proposals and project documentation, and performance management.
• Work effectively with Laboratory line, program, and facility managers in strategic planning, program development, program execution, and capability development and maintenance.
• Contribute to identifying, sustaining, and enhancing the facilities, infrastructure, and technology investments required to promote operational and technology sustainment for the Group.

This position is funded at a 50% level and the selected candidate is expected to find technical work to cover the remaining 50% level of effort.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements
  • Leadership: Record of technical leadership including experience in leading teams or programs. Experience managing personnel, negotiating agreements, and building consensus among team members. A proven track record of attracting, mentoring, and retaining a creative and diverse workforce with a commitment to AA/EEO/Diversity/Inclusion/Belonging objectives.
  • Science: Excellent record of bioscience-related research and/or programmatic accomplishments in at least one of the group's core capabilities, as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, successfully winning grants, and/or leadership of long-term or well-funded projects.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Experience in developing collaborations, teamwork, building consensus, and effective communication with staff, sponsors, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Program Development and Sponsor Relations: Experience in program development and representing programs internally and externally to sponsors, stakeholders, and review boards. Knowledge of external funding agencies (DOE, DOD, DHS, Other government agencies, etc.) relevant to B Division, including experience and engagement with programmatic sponsors (programmatic interaction, strategy development, and/or change of station). Experience forming and maintaining industrial partnerships.
  • Experience effectively managing financial and human resources.
  • Experience implementing, enforcing, and providing clear guidance for institutional policies that affect research and development.
Training/Certifications: This position requires a Q access authorization. Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Education/Experience: Requires a bachelor's degree in an area of biological sciences, or a related discipline, from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A PhD is preferred.

Desired Skills
  • Experience in managing or operating in the safety envelope of research facilities with biological and chemical hazards.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and in dealing with performance issues.
  • Background in Genomics or Bioinformatics
  • SCI or ability to obtain an SCI clearance

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

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 or 2 years.

Notes to Applicants: Please include a CV with a publication list and a cover letter addressing your background as it fulfills the job requirements and desired skills. Candidates are encouraged to understand the groups' portfolios and must select one or both groups, justifying their selection(s) in the application.

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 (PTO)
  • 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2.