Los Alamos National Laboratory Ceramic Fuels Scientist 3/4 (Scientist 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The position resides in the Radiation Science Team and interfaces with Nuclear Energy programs. The successful candidate will carry out research relevant to the process/structure/properties of ceramic materials for Nuclear Energy programs using traditional ceramic processing techniques, feedstock synthesis and characterization, microstructural characterization utilizing electron microscopy, thermo-physical and thermo-mechanical property determination, thermodynamic and thermo-chemical assessments, and others as necessary. Focus is execution of experimental research programs (DOE-NE, NNSA) to understand chemistry-structure-property-performance relationships of ceramic materials.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3 or 4 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.

R&D; Scientist 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)

Scientist 3 will be responsible for leading research areas and a broad set of activities across several scientific disciplines in support of research and development (R&D;) science specifically related to Nuclear Energy. Scientist 3 will have direct technical over-sight of technologists, students, and/or postdocs. The candidate will need to be able to apply scientific principles under the scientific method to address technical problems; or to develop novel techniques or principles; or to analyze data or outcomes from experiments (in the real world or in the computational domain) or from observational procedures in the context of the underlying scientific principles or models. Scientist 3 is a capable professional with expertise in several relevant disciplines or in a narrow, specialized field. The position will require direct interface with customers, writing reports, and providing program updates.

R&D; Scientist 4 ($116,900 - $197,000)

In addition to R&D; Scientist 3 responsibilities, the Scientist 4 is expected to translate national needs into technological objectives for scientific research and development (R&D;) which is defined as the application of scientific principles under the scientific method to address technical problems; or to develop novel techniques or principles; or to analyze data or outcomes from experiments (in the real world or in the computational domain) or from observational procedures in the context of the underlying scientific principles or models. Recognized as a technical expert in area of specialization.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience interfacing with program managers to develop new programs and expanding capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop programs, forecasting and planning activities.

  • Ability to coordinate and integrate across multiple programs and projects.

  • Experience in leading the research, design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of cross-disciplinary, or highly and/or narrowly specialized, novel scientific and technological solutions in support of R&D; initiatives.

  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment, across multiple disciplines and levels of expertise, e.g. from technical staff to non-technical customers.

  • Demonstrated technical expertise on ceramic processing as indicated through high quality publications, reports, and presentations.

  • Expertise in ceramic materials structure-property relations.

  • Experience leading the development of technical products such as journal papers, reports, presentations, and concept papers and/or developing intellectual property leading to publications, copyrights, and/or patents

  • Demonstrated record of successful proposal writing, as evidenced by a history of internal or external research funding and demonstrated success in managing research programs and budgets.

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or related discipline.

Additional Job Requirements for a Scientist 4

  • Advanced knowledge and proven ability in one or more technical research and development disciplines through peer-reviewed publications, reports, and as conference attendance.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain funded programs.

  • Record of active mentoring and training of junior staff.

  • Experience in participation in professional societies, complex interactions, special assignments, and/or external collaborations, has participated in external working groups and/or assists in organizing meetings and colloquia.

  • Recognition as a national leader in a related field.

  • Extensive experience identifying, promoting, and developing technical capabilities.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the DOE nuclear energy program structure, Laboratory’s financial management systems, and an aptitude for forward thinking and strategic planning.

  • Experience in managing small teams.

  • Experience and relationships with other National Laboratories and Headquarters

  • Experience in ceramic fuels and ceramic fuel processing

  • Experience in the supervision and mentoring of technical personnel, including but not limited to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

  • Advanced experience in project management with budget and milestones

  • Experience with partnering with industry and multi-institutional programs and experience with multidisciplinary collaboration.

  • Experience working with government funding agencies and federal program managers.

  • Experience with projects/tasks requiring quality assurance levels greater than laboratory R&D.;

  • Knowledge and experience with pilot and/or prototype scale processing

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance (this generally means that the candidate must be a U. S. citizen)

Education:A Ph.D. completed in engineering, materials science, physics, or a related field.

Additional Details:

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.

*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:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: MST-8/Structure/Property Relations

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Ceramic Fuels Scientist 3/4 (Scientist 3/4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66946