R&D Manager 3 (Deputy Group Leader) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

R&D Manager 3 (Deputy Group Leader)

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a technically excellent and highly motivated Deputy Group Leader (DGL) for the Materials Physics and Applications Division's Quantum Group (MPA-Q). MPA-Q is a ~60-person, ~$20M, research and development organization focusing on the discovery, understanding, and exploitation of quantum phenomena in materials science, measurement, computation, and secure communications. Areas of leadership include: strongly correlated electronic and topological materials; condensed matter physics of actinide and f-electron systems; atom and ion trap-based experiments using entanglement in quantum sensing, computing, and simulations; quantum communication devices and cryptography for national and energy security; and ultrasensitive magnetic field measurement and magnetic resonance techniques for basic research and applied science. Research sponsors include DOE Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD), and various global security (GS) programs.

The fundamental purpose of MPA-Q is to be the experimental heart of quantum science at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a scientific capability center for the realization of the Second Quantum Revolution through basic research and mission science.

The new DGL will share in the responsibility for the growth, development, and stewardship of this capability center and its ability to innovate and execute, now and in the long run. This includes day-to-day management, problem solving, planning for the future, and implementing those plans. The selected candidate will work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential.

Key DGL responsibilities include:
  • Contribute to development of an integrated scientific vision, strategy, and implementation plan for the group
  • Lead program development based on innovative combinations of the group's core strengths for Laboratory and national needs
  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation
  • Foster an environment of trust, excellence, follow through, and operational effectiveness
  • Share management of group operations for science productivity, safety, security, solvency, staffing, and coordination with other organizations

The MPA-Q Deputy Group Leader position is a half-time position. The Deputy is expected to support the remainder of their time through independent programmatic research and/or other program management activities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated technical and leadership excellence including: technical direction, program development, and good business practices
  • A track record of accomplishment in one the group's research focus areas or in a related area of science or engineering
  • Demonstrated success in executing strategic priorities, obtaining funding for new initiatives, or developing a network of program and sponsor contacts
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and manage work involving laboratory hazards, e.g., chemical, radiological, cryogenic, electrical, laser, heavy equipment, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel with commitment to diversity, career development, and mentorship of junior personnel
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic research and mission science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.


Education/Experience: a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and 5 years of related experience. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. In general, an advanced degree (e.g. M.S. or Ph.D) in related to MPA-Q is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

Record of effective teamwork and leadership within and across organizational boundaries

Good working knowledge of laboratory financial, management, and ES&H practices.

Note to Applicants:

Submit your application at: https://www.lanl.gov/careers/

For full consideration, applicants must submit two things: (1) a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position and (2) a resume or curriculum vitae with list of publications

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.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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