Space Electronics & Signal Processing Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Space Electronics & Signal Processing Group Leader (R&D Manager 4)

What You Will Do

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division seeks a highly motivated, dynamic engineering leader with expertise and experience in R&D, production, and deployment of complex research and national security instrumentation into extreme environments such as space. As Group Leader of the ISR-4 Space Electronics and Signal Processing Group (ISR-4), you will lead and manage the technical work performed in the Group and serve as a highly collaborative member of ISR Division leadership team. You will help develop a strategic vision for the Group's future and be responsible for implementing and achieving that vision, including identifying and nurturing the key engineering capabilities and collaboration opportunities; fostering a culture of continuous learning, creativity, and innovation; developing and sustaining an expert workforce that is recognized as a unique national resource; and mentoring, coaching, and building effective teams within and beyond ISR-4.

You will also provide administrative and operational oversight for the following areas: risk identification, evaluation and management (technical, programmatic, and organizational); the environment, safety, security, and health envelope of the workplace, including implementing Human Performance Improvement principles and Safe Conduct of Research Principles; hiring and onboarding processes of new staff; performance assessments and salary management of staff; strategic workforce planning and development, including providing growth opportunities and ensuring recognition of individuals and teams; evaluating and reporting of financial status and forecast of personnel on projects; development and support of group facilities and infrastructure; and traveling in support of recruiting, workforce development, and customer/ partner engagement.

The ISR-4 Space Electronics and Signal Processing Group has approximately 50 staff members that span research, development, and production of state-of-the-art, custom electronic systems for detection and measurement for scientific research and national security applications. The ISR-4 R&D approach emphasizes innovative, high-quality, reliable instruments with long lifespan operations in high-radiation, extreme temperature and pressure ranges, and caustic-fluid environments. Specific ISR-4 technical focus areas include electrical and computer engineering, radiation-hardened/radiation-tolerant circuit design, custom miniaturized electronics, analog and digital signal processing, antenna design, and electronics and sensing systems for satellites. Over the last 15 years, ISR-4 has developed electronic and data processing systems for more than 400 space instruments from concept to flight, including the ChemCam and SuperCam experiments on NASA's Mars Curiosity and Perseverance rovers; a growing portfolio of cubesats and payloads for NASA, NNSA, and the DoD; and NNSA payloads for the U.S. Nuclear Detonation and Detection System (USNDS) for nuclear treaty verification.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Proven ability to lead a workforce with diverse skill sets and expertise through a complex technical risk landscape, including handling competing or conflicting priorities and navigating highly constrained funding and schedule environments. Ability to drive a creative, entrepreneurial work environment in which innovation and continuous learning are essential for solving difficult, exciting challenges in science and national security.

Demonstrated record of successful management of a technical team, project or an organizational group which includes some experience in performance and salary management, budgeting, organization of workflow, recruitment, and workforce development.

Technical Knowledge
Demonstrated technical leadership, expertise, and experience in one or more areas of ISR-4's core capability areas: electrical and computer engineering, radiation hard/tolerant circuit design, custom miniaturized electronics, analog and digital signal processing, antenna design, and electronics and sensing systems for satellites from nano satellites up to large systems. Ability to lead and manage development, deployment, and exploitation of systems for space science and/or space-based national security missions.

Proven ability to work and interact effectively in a dynamic team environment; to build and lead cross-organizational collaborations and teams; and to motivate staff through common goals and objectives.

Workforce Development
Demonstrated ability to foster a positive work culture, create opportunities and challenges for technical and support staff, and advance their knowledge and skills - on both an individual and team level. Demonstrated experience and skill as a mentor and coach.

Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills with individuals and teams. Ability to engage with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences through effective presentations and conversations. Strong active listening skills are required for this position.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Demonstrated commitment to ensuring the workforce diversity required to address compelling and urgent scientific and global security challenges of today and tomorrow. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

Safety and Security
Demonstrated success in valuing and improving the safety, security, environment, and health envelope of a team workplace, such as through implementing Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and/or Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles.

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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work broadly across a large organization to provide insight and advice on the successful completion of major programs.
  • Practical knowledge of typical business systems; operational and work processes; administrative and financial practices and procedures, including HR processes for personnel issues.
  • Familiarity with policies and procedures typical of large organizations, and record of prompt, successful completion of operational requirements.
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: Candidates are requested to write a cover letter that specifically addresses each job requirement.
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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
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