Nuclear Weapons Cyber Assurance Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/3 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.

Are you looking for a career that is intellectually challenging and imbued with purpose? If the answer is "yes" we encourage you to learn more about our opening for a Scientist in the Weapons Research Services-Secure Networks and Applications (WRS-SNA) Group. We are looking for a software assurance lead in the Nuclear Weapons Cyber Assurance Laboratory (NWCAL). The NWCAL software assurance lead will have broad expertise or unique knowledge, use skills to contribute to development of objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. You will develop advanced concepts, techniques, and standards based on professional principles and theories and is viewed as expert in the field within the Laboratory. The scientific lead works on unusually significant, unique, or complex programmatic issues, provides solutions that are highly creative and where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles. You will have impact on success of future concepts, products, or technologies. You will be responsible for maintaining and implementing a host of software assurance processes, tools, and procedures and have a background in the broad deployment of applications. You will collaborate with academia, NNSA, NSA and other labs and plants in scientific research endeavors.

Scientist 2: $101,700 - $168,200
After initial onboarding and training, the successful candidate will use their expertise to accomplish the following job activities:

  • Research, analyze, develop, implement, and test software assurance solutions, tools, and techniques that leverage NWCAL resources and partnerships to carry out the weapons mission at LANL.
  • Research, evaluate, build, recommend tooling to enhance software assurance capabilities (software component analysis, software bills of material analysis and generation, static code analysis, dynamic behavior analysis, differential analysis, program understanding, securing CI/CD pipelines).
  • Work as part of a larger team and integrate new areas of focus into current processes and procedures providing technology assurance services to the LANL Weapons program.
  • Work closely with external DoD and NNSA partners to establish and resource new capabilities within WRS.

Scientist 3: $ 122,300 - $ 206,300
In addition to what was outlined above at the Scientist 3 level, one or more of the following job duties are consistent with the higher scientist level:

  • Collaborate with project leadership and team leadership to propose and lead in the effort to grow LANL's software assurance capability and talent pipeline.
  • Collaborate, guide, influence a multi-site effort to provide a comprehensive software assurance capability to the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).
  • Help NWCAL leadership establish the technical direction and roadmap to meet strategic long-term program goals.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge
For this role, you will need to have an advanced knowledge of Linux. You will also need experience working with imperative and object-oriented programming languages such as C, C++, Rust, Haskell, Pascal. This includes experience working with interpreted programming languages such as Bash and Python. You must have experience troubleshooting and working with software compilers and linked libraries. You will need experience establishing and supporting solutions to support software development projects. You will also need experience supporting software development infrastructure for multiple development teams and establishing and managing code repositories for production development efforts. This will also include experience in web server administration and web application development.

Leadership and experience in identifying, promoting, and developing appropriate technical capabilities to address internal gaps, and assist customers close their technical gaps. This includes influencing and establishing internal strategies to ensure alignment of new programs to the priorities and mission of NWCAL. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience working independently with minimum supervision, as well as effectively as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment. The candidate will demonstrate advanced knowledge and of networks, data management, security, software development, and systems programming technologies, how they inter-operate, and how to design and develop complex solutions. The successful candidate will be able to represent LANL on a core team consisting of other national labs, plants, and sites software assurance centers, and effectively collaborate as a member of a distributed team.

This position requires comprehensive technical writing skills and overall strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills including interacting effectively with all levels of management, staff, and customers. Demonstrated ability to actively participate in professional activities at a national level.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

  • Advanced knowledge and proven ability in one or more technical research and development disciplines.
  • Proven ability in formulating and presenting results to technical audiences and readerships.
  • Leadership and experience mentoring junior and mid-career staff in both technical and career directions.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, maintain, and lead small teams of scientists.

Education/Experience at Scientist 2: This position requires a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering or a related degree in a STEM Field, from an accredited college or university and 4 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Education/Experience at Scientist 3: This position requires a master's degree in computer science, software engineering or a related 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge about working in classified and unclassified computing environments.
  • Experience working with Gitlab, including CI/CD features, where secure configurations and "need to know" must be enforced.
  • Knowledge about scientific software development
  • Advanced Linux systems knowledge administration
  • Understanding of the Weapons Program and US National Security Enterprise (NSE)

Work Location: The work location for this position is hybrid and is located in Los Alamos. Hybrid is defined as working partially onsite/partially offsite but within 2 hours ground commute of this location. All work locations are at the discretion of management and can change at any time with appropriate notice.
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:
Please submit a comprehensive cover letter and resume detailing all your professional achievements to be considered for this position.

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/SCI(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.
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.