Los Alamos National Laboratory Computer Solutions Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Information Systems and Modeling Group (A-1) is responsible for targeted system level solutions to national security problems. The selected candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary team as they develop and implement integrated solutions for the DOE, DoD, and DHS. This may include implementation of physics based models, development of statistical risk algorithms, mathematical and computational models for forecasting, data analytics, machine learning, and GUI development. Areas of application include advanced risk analysis and decision theory, biological threat assessment, and energy and infrastructure analysis. The selected candidate will work with senior level scientists to implement new scientific algorithms for desktop, mobile, high-performance computing, or cloud based applications.

Exceptional candidates may be considered for a higher-level position, and additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher-level position.

Scientist 2 ($87,800-$144,800)

Work as part of a diverse team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary technical environment and provide written and oral communications to individuals at the Lab and the DOE enterprise.

Work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Create elegant and useful solutions to solve complex scientific problems by working across various disciplines, understanding the quality and deployment requirements of commercial-grade software.

  • Work closely with project management and technical teams to collect requirements, define and refine feature specifications, and contribute to technical design.

  • Interface with sponsors to determine needs and requirements.

  • Design and develop front-end interfaces, underlying APIs, and backend systems across a number of programming languages with focus on Python and JavaScript.

  • Refine prototype scientific codes into deployable commercial-grade software.

  • Analyze and improve the efficiency, scalability, stability, and security of applications and in-house systems to help scale deployments.

  • Develop GIS applications and tools that process and analyze geospatial data.

  • Understand application and service architectures and design solutions to improve the build and release cycles

  • Contribute to group goal setting, planning, and overall direction, including the formation of new proposals and business development opportunities.

  • Participate in professional activities and projects at a laboratory level.

Scientist 3 (96,600-161,300)

In addition to the job responsibilities outlined above, the Scientist 3 will:

  • Identifying, promote, and develop appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Provide leadership for scientific work including publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Mentor junior staff.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scientist 2

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a complex and diverse team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

  • Experience developing software for deployment in cloud platforms (e.g., AWS) and containerization (e.g., Docker)

  • Demonstrated ability to take a leadership role by setting direction and goals for well-defined tasks involving more than one person.

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to business unit goal setting, planning, and overall direction, including contribution to new proposals and business development opportunities.

  • Experience programming with Python, C, C++, and/or Java programming languages in combination with a demonstrated foundation of computer science algorithms, data structures, and network programming.

  • Ability to contribute to the design, testing, analysis, verification, and validation of scientific solutions in support of R&D; initiatives. Requires using testing frameworks (e.g., pytest, JUnit), and continuous integration and code coverage reports.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new methods, techniques or approaches to address critical technical problems. Ability to develop new technical capabilities.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q and SCI clearances*

  • Bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, geography, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

Scientist 3

In addition to the job requirements outlined above, the Scientist 3 requires:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop ideas for new proposals and business development opportunities collaboratively with peers, acquiring internal/external funding for self and others.

  • Ability to lead 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; initiative.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor junior staff and providing peer review of the work of others.

  • Ability to lead development of new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities, and helping plan strategies to ensure alignment of new program to Laboratory mission and priorities.

  • Advanced degree in computer science, statistics, mathematics, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with relational and non-relational databased and SQL.

  • Experience with API design end distributed backend systems.

  • Experience in remote sensing/image analysis/cartography.

  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems applications and tool development.

  • Experience with mathematical and computational modeling of complex systems.

  • Experience with the development of algorithms to analyze large and heterogeneous data streams.

  • Experience with the development of statistical and machine learning approaches.

  • Experience in multidisciplinary collaboration.

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

  • Willingness to learn, be flexible, and adapt to emerging technologies.

  • Current Q and SCI clearances.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q/SCI(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.

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 the beautiful Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. Its prime location provides access to activities like hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, and camping and a local public school system that is consistently ranked amongst the best in the nation every year.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes.

  • Compensation and benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Multiple options for work schedule

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid sick time and disability insurance

  • 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k on day one

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. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Salyer, Reyna Linda

Organization Name: A-1/ Information Systems & Modeling

Email: reyna@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computer Solutions Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62070