Sigma-1 Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sigma-1 Group Leader (R&D Manager 4)

What You Will Do

Sigma Division is seeking an exceptional candidate to serve as Group Leader for the Simga-1 Fabrication Manufacturing Sciences Group. This group is made up of four teams (Foundry & Solidification Sciences, Deformation Processing, Powder Materials Processing, and Materials Compatibility) that support fabrication of unique experimental hardware, demonstrate transformational production methods, and utilize manufacturing science principles to drive next generation process development efforts. Sigma-1 teams have significant expertise in processing a wide range of metallic, intermetallic, and ceramic materials comprised of elements spanning hydrogen to uranium with conventional and advanced fabrication routes. The selected candidate for this position will provide leadership to the group, ensuring programs are successfully executed, support and development of staff is provided, a safe and secure work environment is maintained, and that other daily business functions are completed (budget management, HR actions, etc.).

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated technical leadership and excellence, including development of new capabilities, strategic thinking/planning, development, and retention of personnel.
  • Demonstrated experience and accomplishment in management and oversight of technical projects.
  • Demonstrated strong record of technical accomplishments and professional experience in materials science and manufacturing.
  • Demonstrated record of effective leadership, including recruiting, mentoring, and motivating employees, and effectively resolving conflicts.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills, which includes communication with staff, administrators, and an ability to interact with all levels of Laboratory management.
  • Demonstrated record of excellent fiscal management, including budget preparation and oversight.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical leadership and program management of a science/engineering organization, including success in program development, program advocacy, strategic planning, resource planning and allocation, technical program execution, and negotiation.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting successful cross-organizational collaborations to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 8 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Ph.D. in materials science, physics, materials chemistry is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working in both R&D and manufacturing environments.
  • Active "Q" clearance.
  • Working knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. stockpile.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the Division's capability areas.
  • Experience in designing, analyzing, coordinating and/or conducting experimental activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in building collaborative partnerships across LANL internal organizations and demonstrated success in developing and sustaining programs that attract support from the Nuclear Weapons Programs, Global Security Programs, NNSA, DOE, LDRD, DoD, or private industry.
  • Experience in interactions between national laboratories, universities, or private industry.
  • Familiarity with LANL administrative, safety and security policies.

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