Statistician (Scientist 2/3) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Statistician (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.

The Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for excellent candidates who desire a career in research, development, and collaborative application of statistical methods in a supportive group. Since 1967, the Statistical Sciences group has contributed to novel and high-impact projects in partnership with world-leading scientists in a wide range of science, technology, and engineering domains. Our group develops and uses methods from technical areas such as spatial statistics, time series, machine learning, reliability, design of experiments, computer experiments, Bayesian methods, functional data analysis, stochastic processes, hierarchical models, uncertainty quantification, data fusion, graphical models, advanced regression techniques, and statistical computing. The group consists of ~30 Ph.D. statisticians, including several fellows of the American Statistical Association. We are recognized for award-winning research, and we collaborate with visiting faculty, students, and postdocs from across academia (see

Scientist 2 ($99,200 - $164,100)

As the statistician, you will actively participate in collaborative projects and research activities in a broad cross section of statistics.

In this role, you will contribute to innovation in statistical methodology; advance basic and applied science through rigorous statistical modeling; initiate and develop new projects and proposals; and participate in professional activities, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and service to the statistics community.

Scientist 3 ($119,200 - $201,100)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, you will have increased responsibility for technical leadership and project development.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Research: Demonstrated capability to conduct in-depth and extended research (e.g. PhD dissertation, technical reports, or refereed publications)
  • Knowledge: Demonstrated grasp of a broad range of basic and advanced statistical methodology and expertise in one or more technical areas of the group.
  • Collaboration: Experience in collaborating with subject matter experts and other statisticians to answer questions in challenging domains.
  • Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate methods and technical results to both statistical and non-statistical audiences (e.g. publications and/or presentations)
  • Computing: Strong statistical computing skills including experience using software for advanced statistical analysis (e.g., R, MATLAB, Python, Julia).

Additional Job Requirements for the Scientist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Record of technical leadership, independence, or accountability.
  • A substantial record of achievement through publications, presentations, or technical products.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires a Bachelor' degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation.
  • A PhD is an equivalent combination of education and experience and is desired for this position. Post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation is typical in this position, but is not required.

Education/Experience at higher level: 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.
  • A PhD and 4 years of relevant experience is an equivalent combination of education and experience and is desired for the higher level Statistician (Scientist 3).

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Statistics or a closely related field strongly desired.
  • Experience developing collaborative research proposals.
  • History of professional engagement such as through peer review and service to the field of statistics.
  • Experience with statistical applications in the physical and engineering sciences.
  • Familiarity with scientific computing (e.g., C/C++, Python) or high-performance computing, such as using MPI or shared memory programming.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

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:
  • Please submit a CV and cover letter with your application.
  • Applications will be considered while this job ad is open, with first priority given to applications received by January 6.
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

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