Materials Database Scientist (Scientist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Materials Database Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

What You Will Do
This position will be filled at either the Scientist 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.

The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory delivers science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability. In the Advanced Engineering Analysis Group (W-13) we lead the development of computational engineering solutions and expertise in support of national security challenges.

We strive to provide our national security customers with timely and accurate answers to complex engineering problems by creatively combining cutting-edge numerical tools across collaborative teams. Our customers include the nuclear weapons program, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense, among others. Our group expertise includes structural mechanics, structural dynamics, heat transfer, radiation transport, thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, probabilistic methods, material modeling, and numerical analysis.

Material models, many of which include complex behavior such as damage, anisotropy, and temperature dependence, are an integral part of all engineering analysis performed in W-13 and need to be carefully formulated, calibrated, validated, and maintained.

Scientist 2 ($96,100 - $159,000)

At the Scientist 2 level, you will work collaboratively with test leads, system engineers, engineering analysts, material modelers, and database users to develop new analytical tools, improve existing analysis approaches, as well as curate and develop databases to support complex engineering simulation workflows. The ultimate goal of this role is to develop databases and analysis methods and coordinate multiple capability development efforts so that they can be efficiently and effectively integrated with engineering analysis simulation workflows across the group. You also will be expected to communicate the results of this work through formal presentations and/or written reports, and to develop training resource like documentation, tutorials, and classes to encourage adoption across the group.

Scientist 3 ($115,500 - $194,900)

In addition to what was described at the Scientist 2 level, at the Scientist 3 level you will be expected to lead collaborative teams in technical work, to coordinate multi-disciplinary/cross-organizational brainstorming sessions in response to customer requests, and to mentor early-career staff. You also will be expected to define and execute strategic plans to guide capability development in support of group needs and the LANL mission.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Analysis Expertise

A documented record of technical achievement in a relevant discipline, such as mechanical, structural, civil, nuclear, aerospace, or physical sciences; ability to perform analysis at an appropriate level ranging from hand calculations through more complex analyses using computational methods

Database Expertise

A documented record of technical achievement developing and curating databases, and demonstrated success in database use and deployment across many areas of user expertise

Communication and Teamwork

Strong oral and written communication skills, particularly in technical reports and presentations; experience meeting deliverable deadlines, both independently and as part of a team

Relevant Work Experience

Significant amount of experience performing complex analyses, database deployments, material modeling or related R&D.

Technical Leadership

Demonstrated experience leading analysis teams, integrating and coordinating interdisciplinary work, and working with customers and other stakeholders to define analysis tasks and plan deliverables

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a STEM field from an ABET accredited institution and 4 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires a Master's Degree in Engineering or a STEM field from an ABET accredited institution and 6 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level a Ph.D. may be preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification

Demonstrated experience with the verification and/or validation of complex computational models and simulation results; demonstrated experience with the application of uncertainty quantification within the context of engineering analysis

Experience with programming and/or code development

Experience with usage and/or code development in modern programming languages (e.g. Python, C++, MatLab, Julia) and their application to scientific computing (e.g. automation, pre/post processing, data analysis, file I/O, parallel computing, BitBucket, GitLab, Jira, Jenkins)

Experience with materials data management

Experience with the management of material test and model parameter data using enterprise materials data management software

Active Q clearance or equivalent

DOE Q or DOD Top Secret security clearance, or the ability to obtain an active Q-Clearance

Essential Job Functions(can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
  • Vision: reading vision
  • General physical: sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping
  • Weight handling: carrying 10-20 lbs

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: For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and a comprehensive cover letter that specifically addresses each of the requirements.
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