Materials Technology and Qualification Development Scientist (R&D Scientist 3/4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Materials Technology and Qualification Development Scientist (R&D Scientist 3/4)

What You Will Do

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) of the Materials Science & Technology Division provides multidisciplinary expertise in materials science ranging from polymers and foams to target fabrication and materials discovery. This expertise is focused on delivering technology solutions for national security missions. The group has great breadth and depth in many aspects of polymer science & engineering; from polymer and polymer foams synthesis to parts processing, a suite of polymer additive manufacturing technologies, and extensive characterization, aging and forensics capabilities. MST-7 also has a strong inorganic and organic coatings capability including physical and chemical vapor deposition for imparting novel functionalities on substrates and parts. In particular, MST-7 applies an extensive knowledge of chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering to study matter under various environmental and extreme conditions relevant to our customers. MST-7 is involved in many high-profile research programs, such as Inertial Confinement Fusion, nuclear weapons programs, including Core and Enhanced Surveillance, Directed Stockpile, and Lifetime Extension Programs, Global Security, Homeland Defense, and many civilian applications of materials technologies. MST-7 has a dynamic and collaborative work environment where scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians and administrative support personnel team within the group and with other external organizations to develop innovative solutions to fulfill unique mission requirements.

The MST-7 Group is seeking nationally recognized scientists to lead the group's research efforts in materials development and qualification. These successful applicants will lead efforts in material, design, testing and qualification in support future material development efforts that support the weapons program. These efforts are enabled by a variety of unique synthesis, characterization, testing, metrology, and qualification capabilities. The scientist will need to interface closely with program and other organizations. The team leader will also need to direct efforts to develop state-of-the-art materials design and testing capabilities and push the technology envelope to probe critical physical regimes to advance TRL numbers. The candidate will have responsibility for leading the science and deliverables for the program needs.

This position will be filled at either the R&D Scientist 3 or 4 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.

R&D Scientist 3 ($115,500-$194,900)
  • Develops innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, techniques and approaches to address specialized problems, expanding on existing efforts or establishing novel research directions.
  • Solves a diverse range of complex problems that require the frequent use of creativity.
  • Interface with program managers to set scientific direction and work towards material requirements.
  • Leads in communicating results of technical R&D, including (but not limited to) publications, presentations, reports, intellectual property, technical products, etc.
  • Participates in professional societies, National Nuclear Security Administration complex interactions, special assignments, and/or externa collaborations. Organizes internal/external working groups, meetings, and colloquia.
  • Mentors staff to a high level of performance
  • Influences organizational, project, and program strategies and directions. Leads technical decision-making at task level within a project. Makes decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives. May contribute to the development of technical standards.
  • Uses project assignments to further organizational goals. Develops and implements project management plans, including scope, schedule, and budget, for small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Defines deliverables at project or major task level.
  • Interface with other laboratories, plants, and federal program sponsors.

R&D Scientist 4 ($138,700-$240,500)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the R&D Scientist 4 will be required to:
  • Perform the duties of Scientist 3 as outlined above to a higher degree
  • Develops innovative advanced concepts, theories, methods, techniques and approaches to address specialized problems. Influences industry standards and procedures and guides their application to projects and programs. Identifies, promotes, and develops new technical capabilities within the Laboratory
  • Develops and implements project management plans for moderate to large high-risk projects. Leads the development of scope, schedule, and budget and defines deliverables at project or program level. Manages moderate to large, complex and/or high-risk projects, involving multiple task capabilities, and organizations.
  • Actively participates in professional societies, National Nuclear Security Administration complex interactions, special assignments, and/or externa collaborations. Organizes internal/external working groups, meetings, and colloquia.
  • Collaborates as expert to developments in industry and influences the development of new skills consistent with state-of-the-art. Establishes technological qualifications for field.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new programs through government or corporate funding sources
  • Demonstrated experience in applying modern project management controls to perform complex tasks and meet stated milestones within cost and schedule constraints
  • Ability to form teams and establish effective and productive partnerships
  • Demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Record of commitment to safety, security, quality, diversity in the workplace.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance
  • In addition to be considered, applicants must submit a comprehensive resume with a cover letter describing how they fulfil the required and desired skills.

Additional Skills for R&D Scientist 4:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the R&D Scientist 4 level requires:
  • Demonstrated technical leadership as evidenced by the ability to successfully manage scientific or engineering projects or teams (multidisciplinary and cross-organizational)
  • Experience with fabrication and metrology technologies
  • Demonstrated motivational, communication, and interpersonal skills including collaborative research experience (within academia, industry, or government agencies), as evidenced by strong record of publications, patents and publications
  • Advanced degree in science, mechanical engineering or related field

Qualifications We Desire:
  • Formal project and management training.
  • Experience in the supervision and mentoring of technical personnel, including but not limited to engineers, postdocs and PhD staff
  • Detailed knowledge of ICF and HEDP experiments and with the facilities that conduct this research
  • Knowledge of the DOE program structure, Laboratory's financial management systems and an aptitude for strategic planning

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Master's degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant 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 a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 12 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

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.
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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Employment StatusFull Time