Scientist 2/3 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientist 2/3

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 level or Scientist 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.

So, you've pored over every volume in The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Would you like to also study his classified reports from the Manhattan Project? Would you like to understand the derivation of the Bethe-Feynman formula? What about joining a team of scientists and engineers to assess the existing US nuclear stockpile? Or, what about having the resources of a National Laboratory behind you to help answer questions about nuclear weapon physics?

If you answered "yes," we encourage you to learn more about our opening for an R&D Scientist 2/3 in the X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division. The Division is comprised of four groups, XTD-PRI (primary physics), XTD-IDA (secondary physics), XTD-NTA (nuclear threat assessment) and XTD-SS (safety and surety), each with their own focus.

XTD technical staff members use theoretical physics and large-scale, multi-physics computational tools running on some of the world's largest supercomputers, along with experimental data, to provide science-based stockpile stewardship of the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile and assessment of foreign nuclear threats. Mastery of the technical material needed to perform the job is obtained over a number of years, through, for example, one-on-one mentoring, contributing to specific projects and attending formal courses. The amount of time and financial resources that will be devoted to your professional development is comparable to training a fighter pilot.

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

The successful candidate will:
  • Develop/demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and capability with large multi-physics codes
  • Apply multi-physics codes to solve problems of national security interest
  • Contribute to one or more of these related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation
  • Contribute to both individual and team efforts
  • Learn and develop skills in complementary disciplines to demonstrate generalist capabilities
  • Work with a wide variety of colleagues with varying backgrounds on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative
  • Demonstrate and maintain excellence in communication, both written and verbal

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

In addition to the job duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will be required to:
  • Contribute leadership skills to team efforts and must have the ability to lead projects
  • Contribute to organizational knowledge by mentoring others
  • Continue to expand their technical knowledge
  • Demonstrate generalist capabilities in solving problems

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scientist 2:

Technical Knowledge:

You will need significant knowledge and demonstrated experience with one or more of these related tasks: running computational physics codes, experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.

Professional Integrity:

You must demonstrate commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.

Collaboration:

You must have a proven ability to work independently and in a team environment on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems in support of National Security.

Clearance:

The ability and willingness to obtain a DOE Q-clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

Technical Knowledge:

You will need thorough knowledge and experience with one or more of these related tasks, such as experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and/or code validation.

Technical Contributions:

A documented history of technical contributions to one or more of the following fields such as nuclear physics, plasma physics, fluid dynamics , astrophysics, shock physics, energetic materials, particle physics, and/or materials science.

Technical Leadership:

You must demonstrate technical leadership experience along with supervisory and/or mentoring experience.

Education/Experience Scientist 2: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience Scientist 3: 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.

Desired Qualifications:
  • PhD preferred with postdoctoral work in the following related fields: Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Materials Science
  • Active DOE "Q" Clearance
  • Experience with large-scale computing
  • Familiarity with design and analysis of nuclear weapons
  • Experience in designing, analyzing and/or conducting experiments
  • Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty and/or risk analysis

Note to Applicants:

Please attach a resume and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills with your application. Please note that without a resume and cover letter your application will not be considered.

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. 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 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