Deputy Division Leader (R&D Manager 5)

What You Will Do

Dynamic Experiments (M) Division is responsible for current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts as well as High Explosive (HE) fabrication, disposition, and execution of hydrodynamic experiments. We support National Security through the characterization and application of energetic materials and understanding material response at extreme conditions to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs. The Division has a diverse portfolio of research, development, and application projects involving the dynamic properties of inert and reactive weapons materials. Competencies include the physics of shock waves in inert and energetic materials (EM), pressing, machining and inspection of EM into research and development (R&D) weapon system test components as well as R&D of EM, the shock initiation and detonation physics of explosives, the response of explosives to stimuli including electrical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, impact, shock and laser interactions, and the diverse application of high-explosive driven pulsed-power (HEPP) systems. As a member of the M Division Management team, the Deputy Division Leader (R&D Manager 5) will have responsibilities supporting the technical and operational leadership and development of the Division. These duties include working with the Division Leader, and Division Management team to ensure the operational excellence and continuous improvement of the Division, planning and executing specific projects for the Division, and assisting and representing the Division Leader. Specific roles and responsibilities in collaboration with the Division Leader:
  • Provide effective leadership to enable the M workforce to succeed in Division milestones and deliverables.
  • Participate in the development of the programmatic directions for the Division and the completion of assigned deliverables;
  • Effectively partner with the HE Safety program at LANL to represent the programmatic needs in alignment with DOE requirements and HE worker safety;
  • Oversee operational performance including explosives safety, conduct of operations, and environmental management;
  • Plan, organize, and manage activities of the Division;
  • Determine and promote long-range goals to ensure that the Division performs the highest quality research relevant to national needs;
  • Develop and foster effective teams to meet customer goals;
  • Identify and act on opportunities to influence directions, policy, and vision, both internal and external to the organization.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Record of success in personnel leadership as demonstrated by the recruitment, retention and mentoring of an outstanding and diverse research, technical, and administrative staff including conflict resolution and supporting diversity in the workplace and AA/EEO. Experience in management and administration of high output scientific facilities requiring stringent environmental, safety, formality of operations, and health standards.


Demonstrated success in the management of a substantial scientific/technical organization as evidenced by strategic planning, the resolution of programmatic conflicts, providing scientific advocacy, the effective management of personnel and resources, and the achievement of goals of significant impact, complexity, or size.

Engineering/Scientific Research

Demonstrated engineering/scientific accomplishment in an area of engineering/scientific research relevant to the Division, as evidenced by an outstanding publication record and/or demonstrable national or international reputation.


Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers, strong teaming skills.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 12 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, a Ph.D. in Physics, Shock Physics, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or areas related to energetic materials may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

Safety & Security

Experience applying Human Performance Improvement Principles. Familiarity with DOE and LANL policies and procedures related to High Explosives safety, Hazard Analysis and conduct of operations.

Strategy & Collaboration

Experience building collaborative relationships across LANL, and/or with other national laboratories, universities, and the private sector. Broad familiarity with the state of science within the Division, including how these activities are relevant across the Laboratory and to the DOE, other government agencies, academia, and the private sector.

Nuclear Weapon Program Initiatives

Working knowledge of Nuclear Weapons Program strategy, initiatives, future directions, and needed capabilities. Demonstrated success with program development as evidenced by successfully identifying strategic opportunities and developing agreements to fund new initiatives.

System Usage

Experience with LANL systems such as Oracle, uTrain, WQAS, Issues Management System, Concur, etc.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, please provide a comprehensive resume and cover letter outlining how you meet the minimum job requirements and desired qualifications noted above.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, distance vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range, sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, climbing stairs, typing, or keyboarding, fine motor control, carrying 5-10 pounds.

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.

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 (PTO 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). 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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. You must be in an eligible position for a minimum of 3 months, before July 1st and remain in an eligible position as of the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The annual distribution is prorated based on the number of months in the eligible position.

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, 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 505-664-6947 option 2.