Database Administrator 2/3 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Database Administrator 2/3

What You Will Do

Join our world-class Sql Server team! Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for an experienced SQL Server database administrator to join our Software Applications Engineering Group 1 (SAE-1).

Be part of a team that provides database administration to software development teams and other customers throughout LANL. Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on collaborative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. This is your chance to leverage and perfect your skills as a database administrator and extend your skills into other areas all while supporting financial, safety, operational and mission-critical applications across the laboratory.

This position will be filled at either the Database Administrator 2 or 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.

Database Administrator 2 ($79,200 - $129,000)

The Database Administrator level 2 will report to the Sql Server First Line Supervisor within the Software Applications Engineering Group 1 (SAE-1). The candidate must have strong Sql Server database administration experience, organizational and problem solving skills and the ability work effectively within a team. The successful candidate should also have a strong desire to learn new technologies.

Database Administrator 3 ($96,100 - $159,000)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, the successful candidate at this level must have expert knowledge and experience in Sql Server database administration, be able to effectively mentor more junior team members, be able to lead complicated projects and be able to design and implement new, complex solutions.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge

Demonstrated experience installing, configuring, administering, securing, and troubleshooting current versions of SQL Server

Demonstrated experience managing backups, disaster recovery, and performance tuning

Experience using SQL Server monitoring utilities to minimize service downtime

Experience maintaining and creating new documentation as it relates to the database environment

Experience automating repetitive administration tasks using a scripting or SQL based language

Demonstrated experience following established standard operating procedures, configuration management, and security controls

Ability to provide 24 x 7 on-call support as part of a scheduled rotation with other team members


We are looking for someone who can work well in a team-oriented environment with the ability to communicate and collaborate cross-functionally within and outside of the group. In addition, you must have effective interpersonal skills for communicating technical information, building relationships, and resolving conflicts.

Time Management

You should have strong multitasking capabilities and the ability to work on multiple products and issues simultaneously.

Additional Job Requirements for level 3:

Demonstrated expert level knowledge and experience configuring, administering. securing and troubleshooting current versions of SQL Server

Demonstrated experience mentoring more junior team members, leading complicated projects, and evaluating, recommending and designing complex new solutions.

Education/Experience - level 2:

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and four years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience - level 3:

Position requires a Bachelor's Degree and eight years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level post-graduate coursework may be desirable.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience administrating other RDMS solutions including Oracle, MySQL, etc
  • Experience administering SQL Server Analysis Services, Integration Services (SSIS), and/or Reporting Services
  • Experience administering MS Internet Information Services (IIS) and other application server environments
  • Experience with Windows server administration and configuration
  • Experience implementing and configuring Always-On High Availability services
  • Experience working within Scrum or some other Agile framework
  • Interest in supporting other tech stacks including Oracle database and Middleware administration
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

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 a 1 year.
Note to Applicants:

Working overtime or irregular schedule. Working off-shift/rotating schedule. Ability to obtain both a DOE Q Clearance and a DOE HRP Certification.
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 childbirth 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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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: 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 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment StatusFull Time