Software Quality Assurance Scientist (Scientist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Software Quality 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.

Join our world-class team! Now is your chance to make a difference in supporting our national security mission. The Secure Networks and Assurance Group (SNA) is a group within Weapons Research Services Division consisting of a high level IT professionals. The two main functions of the SNA Group are to keep Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL's) networks protected and secure, and to administer a subset of applications that are critical to the Mission of the laboratory. SNA builds, customizes, and maintains many software applications for use across the Weapons Directorate. The SNA group is looking for a detail oriented, self-motivated Quality Assurance Scientist to ensure the organization meets all software quality assurance requirements.

The core roles of the SQA Scientist are:
  • Interpret SQA requirements and maintain the software quality plan and all relevant guidance for Associate Directorate for Weapons Physics (ALDX).
  • Perform assessments on software to ensure standards and policies are met.
  • Track findings on previous assessments and follow up with teams to ensure compliance.
  • Work with DDW scientific weapons codes teams to perform software quality assurance on processes and applications developed by code teams.

Scientist 2 ($94,100-$155,700)

The Software Quality Assurance Scientist 2 will serve as the main point of contact and advisor for the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) program for the Associate Directorate for Weapons Physics (ALDX). They will be responsible for interpreting Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) software quality requirements and will work with other LANL quality assurance engineers to implement them in policy and practice. The Software Quality Scientist will oversee the implementation of the LANL, DOE, and NNSA software quality standards to projects and systems within ALDX, ensuring that all applications and projects adhere to the requirements for software quality assurance. They will also act as organizational experts in software quality to advise project teams on how to implement new software to a high quality standard. This position will require working with the DDW weapons codes scientists to perform software quality assurance assessments on their scientific software code, software development process, and eventual scientific applications developed.

Scientist 3 ($113,100-$190,900)

In addition to what was outlined in the Scientist 2 position, additional duties would include project management, mentoring team members, managing the integrations of developed solutions into production, and providing leadership for complex technical projects. Leadership activities will include collaborations with external DOE partners, guidance on new software features and emerging technologies, and presenting topics at national technical conferences and workshops.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scientific Software/Project Management:

For this role, you will need knowledge in scientific software development, project management or software engineering, and/or software quality. Much of this job will entail working with the scientific weapons code teams to understand their software development process to be able to perform software quality assurance assessments. This includes experience operating Windows and Unix computers.

Technical Communication:

You must have proficiency in technical writing including effective written and verbal communications skills with individuals, committees, and presentations across a wide variety of audiences.

Process Improvement Implementation:

At this level, you will need experience developing and implementing improvements based on risk assessments or other identified operational needs.

Classified Setting:

You will need experience working with classified documents and in classified systems, in a classified environment.

Data Analysis and Reporting:

Professional-level experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending problem solutions.

Time Management:

For this role, you will need a demonstrated record of successfully completing projects on time and within budget through technical leadership, planning, execution and delivery.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

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

Advanced Scientific Software/Project Management:

As a Scientist 3, you will need to keep up with software assurance requirements as new DOE/NNSA guidance is released. You must have advanced knowledge in software development principals, project management or software engineering, and software quality assurance practices. Experience implementing and maintaining project planning tools to enable the software quality assurance process. You will need experience defining deliverables at a project task level, including experience influencing organizational goals, projects and program strategies and directions. Consult with projects and guide project managers on implementation software quality assurance on their projects, scientific software applications, and software development processes.


You must have experience acting as a technical lead on a software development team with a deep understanding of systems design and extensive computer programming experience, and the ability to mentor junior staff. This includes experience leading technical decision-making within a project, making decisions and/or recommendations that influence the achievement of key programmatic objectives. You must have the ability to coordinate with peers from other Associate Laboratory Directorates to ensure that a unified approach is taken to implementing DOE and NNSA requirements


This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance, which typically requires US Citizenship.

Education/Experience at Scientist 2: Position requires a Bachelor's 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: 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:

Business Software Systems:

It would be helpful experience coding in a programming language; experience with Atlassian tools for managing software development projects

LANL Weapon's Knowledge:

It would be great if you had experience working within LANL's Weapons Programs.

DOE Order knowledge:

It would be nice if you had knowledge in software quality including applied knowledge of DOE Order 414.1D.

Quality Assurance Execution:

Experience performing software quality assessments, surveillances, and/or audits.

LANL Business systems:

It would be helpful to have practical knowledge of LANL business systems, operational and work processes, administrative practices and procedures, and key Laboratory points of contact. Comprehensive understanding of LANL quality concepts, principles, and requirements.


Active Q clearance

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.

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how they meet the minimum job requirements, and any of the desired requirements of the 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 maternity 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