Division Leader (R&D Manager 6) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Division Leader (R&D Manager 6)

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Physical Sciences, the Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division Leader (DL) will work closely with the ALD to provide leadership, vision, strategy, tactical planning, and management for high-quality research and development across AOT Division. AOT Division provides leadership in accelerator science, technology, engineering, and operations in support of Los Alamos National Laboratory's primary missions. A principal element of the division's portfolio is the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the accelerator, beam transport, proton storage ring, and targets of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator complex, a multi-purpose National User Facility that provides intense neutron and proton beams to support multi-disciplinary fundamental and applied research and medical radioisotope production. In addition to its responsibilities for operating and maintaining the LANSCE accelerator complex, AOT Division is responsible for developing and implementing accelerator improvements to support future LANSCE experimental enhancements and future LANL accelerator missions. The AOT Division leader is an institutional leader for the strategic stewardship of excellence in accelerator science, technology, and engineering across Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The DL position requires demonstrated leadership qualities, the ability to interact effectively at all levels, and a customer service orientation. The successful candidate will be responsible for the scientific and technical leadership and management of the Division's staff, activities, and facilities, nurturing an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that attracts and retains the highest caliber scientific staff. The DL will be responsible for ensuring a healthy, safe, and secure working environment, as well as operational excellence across the operational facilities in AOT Division. The DL will implement all applicable safety, environment, security, quality, compliance, and administrative policies and procedures. Additionally, the DL will be responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with AOT Division leadership, other Physical Sciences Directorate leaders, leaders in all other Directorates with which AOT Division is a customer or partner, and with other accelerator facilities around the world.

This visionary leader will lead and manage the Laboratory's focal point for accelerator research with more than 160 researchers and staff executing a portfolio of over $100M per year. The organization operates the LANSCE Accelerator Complex, which includes an 800 MeV proton linear accelerator, a proton storage ring, moderated and unmoderated neutron spallation targets, and five experimental areas. In addition to technical leadership and management, the division leader will be expected to develop personnel, recruit and retain critical skills in the workforce, control costs, and support diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity, ESH&Q, security, and community relations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Significant record of technical leadership in accelerators including developing and implementing strategies to foster science and build technical capability, develop research programs, and improve technical infrastructure and facilities
  • Experience leading operating user facilities, beam delivery systems, target maintenance and operations, and protective systems with high levels of formality of operations.
  • Proven record of attracting, evaluating, mentoring, developing, motivating, and retaining diverse, creative, and talented people into a technical organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of an organization conducting research in accelerator science, technology, and engineering including managing budgetary resources, guiding and growing large research efforts, and engaging with technical leadership to evaluate and resolve institutional issues.
  • Proven record of developing and implementing a strategic vision to foster and advance long-term research and development, including necessary recruiting, retention, and staff development.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; and strong teaming skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience in assuring a healthy, safe and secure working environment and successful management of high output accelerator facilities requiring stringent environmental, safety and health standards.
  • Integrity, the ability to establish trust, commitment to scientific and technical excellence, delivery on commitments and operational effectiveness.
  • Ability to obtain a Q-clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Education: This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and 15 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. in accelerator physics or engineering, or a related discipline and experience in technical areas that are relevant to the mission of the Division are preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the experimental accelerator capabilities across the nation's nuclear weapons complex and the DOE National Laboratory network.
  • Knowledge of AOT Division's technical and research portfolio and an understanding of how the portfolio supports LANL's national security mission.
  • Knowledge of external funding agencies (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, etc.), including significant experience and engagement with programmatic sponsors (programmatic interaction, strategy development, and/or change of station).
  • Experience and demonstrated success in managing change; experience leading during times of significant change, mergers, acquisitions, or contract experience.
  • Experience in the successful management of complex projects.
  • Ability to obtain an SCI clearance.

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 1 year.

Note to Applicants: To be fully considered for the position, please include a cover letter in which you detail how your experience relates to each of the required and desired skills as applicable.
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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time