Scientist 3 / 4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientist 3 / 4

What You Will Do

Come join our team! We are looking for a Scientist 3/4 to support the Defense Security Program's Office of Classification (DFS-CL). DFS-CL supports the Laboratory's National Security Mission by ensuring that Laboratory employees understand their role in the protection of sensitive US Government information.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

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

Scientist 3 will be responsible for working collaboratively and collegially with peers in the LANL Office of Classification to support the Laboratory's Classification Officer (CO) in successfully implementing the Laboratory's Classification Program in accordance with DOE Order 475.2B, Identifying Classified Information, providing innovative approaches to enhance work process efficiency and efficacy. Read and comprehend the corpus of classification guides issued to the Laboratory by US Government sponsors and analyze their applicability to the diverse and complex national security problems being addressed across the Laboratory. Assist and participate in training new LANL Derivative Classifiers (DCs) supporting a broad range of technical programs, and briefing all LANL employees on classification matters. As needed, collaboratively develop interpretive classification to assist the Laboratory's DCs by summarizing classification guidance from diverse sources in the context of a specific, complex, and interdisciplinary problem/project/program.

Scientist 4 ($138,700 - $240,500)

In addition to Scientist 3 responsibilities, the Scientist 4 requires a senior Scientist who will mentor fellow Scientist, and collaboratively develop and implement comprehensive technical training for DCs supporting Laboratory programs and organizations to identify classified aspects of work within specific programmatic areas. Lead in the preparation and delivery of engaging, relevant, comprehensive, and effective classification training for new uncleared Laboratory employees, newly cleared Laboratory employees, and DCs and technical staff, supporting the broadest range of classified programs. Work with classification experts at other Laboratories and Federal agencies as needed to ensure consistent application and interpretation of relevant classification guidance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Thorough knowledge and expertise in classified U.S. Government programs.
  • Understanding of DOE/NNSA policies, practices and procedures relating to classification and controlled unclassified information.
  • Extensive communication skills as demonstrated by delivering presentations covering complex scientific and technical subjects.
  • Exceptional demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Comprehensive ability to read and comprehend large volumes of technical information quickly.
  • Strong customer service mindset.

Additional Job Requirements for a Scientist 4

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Evidence of confidence in making and defending decisions based on independent analysis of technical information.
  • Advanced expertise in communication as demonstrated by developing, writing, and delivering presentations covering complex scientific and technical subjects.
  • In-depth knowledge of classified DOE programmatic work, including DOE-IN.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple tasks in a dynamic, unpredictable environment.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills including the ability to lead interdisciplinary teams.

Education/Experience at lower level:Scientist 3 position requires a graduate 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:Scientist 4 position requires a graduate 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.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Active Q Clearance.
  • In-depth knowledge of DOE, DOE/NNSA, and DOE-IN classification and controlled-unclassified information policies, practices and procedures.
  • Working familiarity with DOE classification guidance system.
  • Previous experience as a Classificaiton Analyst.

Note to Applicants:
  • Applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter describing their interest in the position and highlighting pertinent qualifications and skill sets.
  • Minimal travel required to participate in DOE/NNSA working groups to develop and revise classification guidance.
  • Position requires training, performance-based testing, and certification through the DOE Office of Classification.
  • Position requires intensive on-the-job training for up to a year, which entails working closely with more experienced team members.
  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time

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 one 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time