Deputy Group Leader (R&D Manager 3)

What You Will Do

Are you passionate about contributing to a dynamic team that may determine the fate of humanity on earth? If so, co-leading the Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN-5) may be right for you. NEN-5 is seeking a highly motivated Deputy Group Leader with strong scientific and/or engineering expertise and equally high emotional intelligence to support a myriad of cutting-edge scientific projects that may define the 21st century. NEN-5 is a multi-disciplinary team of approximately 24 employees comprised of scientists, engineers, and students that command a burgeoning annual budget of $12M dollars. Today, NEN-5 is well-positioned to expand its expertise across Los Alamos National Laboratory's Global Security Directorate due to the growing global demand for advanced nuclear reactors and nuclear threat science expertise.

As the Deputy Group Leader, you will:
  • Promote a collaborative, respectful, and engaging culture that enables mission success.
  • Assist in developing and implementing a 21st century strategic plan for NEN -5.
  • Assist in creating and executing a federated strategic plan for advanced nuclear reactors.
  • Identify strategic partners that could benefit from NEN-5's multi-disciplinary expertise.
  • Recruit and vet talented individuals with demonstrated expertise in nuclear/chemical engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, systems analysis, and nuclear threat science.
  • Demonstrate and proactively promote camaraderie, team building, safe operations, an insatiable desire to learn beyond your professional expertise, and a questioning attitude deeply rooted in humility, collaboration, and genuine discovery.

As a collaborative team, NEN-5:
  • Verifies and validates advanced nuclear reactors for special purpose applications through specific testing, analysis, and multi-physics computational methodologies.
  • Performs detailed systems analysis of nuclear weapons stockpiles through intensive systems analysis and modeling that directly supports national strategic decision making.
  • Conducts technical analysis of international treaty monitoring in support of nuclear nonproliferation and the design of future nuclear weapons treaties
  • Supports the technical analyses and forensics on nuclear and radiological materials in the U.S. and foreign environments to inform security practices, policies, and procedures.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


Demonstrated "people first, mission always" mentality coupled with sound technical management expertise. Recent experience defining and fostering a collaborative, inclusive, and highly productive culture that gets the job done correctly the first time without damaging relationships with collaborators and/or stakeholders is a plus. Examples may include the creation and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce; conflict resolution; operational oversight; and/or sound business practices.

Team Building

Proven ability to succinctly communicate and relate to personnel at all levels of an organization. Experience collaborating cross-functional and/or cross-cultural on multi-disciplinary projects on-site and/or abroad. Superior emotional intelligence, high interpersonal skills, and ability to read the room in order to foster team cohesion.

Financial Management

Superior financial acumen and sound business practices. Demonstrated experience in defining technical work scope, forecasting, budgets, priorities, performance milestones, developing cost, schedule baselines, managing change control and risk, and writing technical proposals for annual work requirements.


Proven ability to contribute technically to projects and/or programs within NEN-5's area of expertise with little to no supervision; demonstrated record of technical achievements in any of NEN'-5's core areas of expertise supporting Global Security. Recent experience leading, managing, and/or delivering technical work on schedule

Safety and Security

Record of commitment to safety, security, compliance, quality, and diversity in the workplace. Ability to foster a safety culture and questioning attitude.


Ability to obtain a DOE Q-level clearance, which typically requires U.S. Citizenship.

Education Requirement

A bachelor's degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Advanced degree preferred, and a plus.

Desired Qualifications:

Recent experience within the past three years building and/or leading diverse, collaborative cross-functional and/or cross-cultural teams in dynamic environments.
  • Demonstrate expertise in project management and the ability to lead and/or develop project plans, negotiate milestones and deliverables, as well as manage cost and budget.
  • Technical prowess in one or more of NEN-5's core areas:
    • Ability to validate and verify advanced nuclear reactor designs
    • Systems engineering and/or modeling and simulation experience
    • Nuclear nonproliferation and/or international treaty monitoring expertise
    • Technical analysis of nuclear or radiological material experience
  • Active DOE Q-level and/or 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.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the minimum requirements, and any desired qualifications, of the position.
Where You Will Work

The Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN-5) conducts multi-disciplinary systems engineering and analysis across various projects impacting advanced nuclear reactor designs, nuclear nonproliferation, stockpile stewardship, and international treaty monitoring. Moreover, NEN-5 collaborates across LANL'S Global Security Directorate, other national laboratories, and Industry to meet emerging global nuclear energy needs and safe operations. Since COP-28, NEN-5 is well-positioned to tackle global energy challenges in several industries.

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.

Term position: Regular-status Laboratory employees applying for term-status positions may retain regular status with approval of the cognizant Principle Associate Director.

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 1-505-665-4444 option 1.