Los Alamos National Laboratory Director for the LANL National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-Pulsed Field (Project-Program Director 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This vacancy is for the position of Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), Pulsed Field Facility at LANL. The Pulsed Field Facility (PFF) at LANL is in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and is one of three campuses of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), the other two being at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and at Florida State University, Tallahassee, which is home to the headquarters of the NHMFL. The NHMFL is sponsored primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Materials Research, with additional support from the State of Florida and the Department of Energy.

LANL provides unique capabilities to the Pulsed Field Facility for the NHMFL in the form of a 1.4 GVA pulsed power system. In addition to the 100 Tesla Multi-Shot Pulsed Magnet and the 60 T Long Pulse Magnet, the NHMFL features several capacitor-driven pulsed magnets and state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities for materials science research.

The PFF supports a user facility, develops magnet technology, and advances science and technology using high magnetic fields in support of the goals and objectives of NSF and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

As Director of the PFF, responsibilities for the selected candidate include:

  • Provide stewardship of the NHMFL-Pulsed Field Facility (PFF) at LANL while serving as Co-PI of the NSF funded NHMFL program.

  • Develop and execute the joint scientific vision and strategy of the NHMFL as it relates to NSF and the relevant programmatic objectives of LANL.

  • Provide oversight for funding and management of a world-class high magnetic field user program.

  • Provide technical leadership and management of personnel and resources to ensure the scientific vitality of the organization and to secure programmatic work aligned with the NHMFL mission and LANL objectives.

  • Provide leadership and direction for research programs, and develop a strategy to retain a scientific program and technical leadership through collaborations with NHMFL and/or LANL scientists.

  • Be an active member of the NHMFL Associate Laboratory Director council and represent the NHMFL-PFF at annual NSF site visits and External Advisory Committee meetings.

  • Engage in the international high magnetic field communities which may involve foreign and domestic travel for scientific exchange and user recruitment.

  • Nurture an intellectual environment conducive to scientific research, development, and innovation that retains and attracts the highest caliber scientific staff and ensures appropriate mentoring and supervision of postdocs and students.

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable safety, security, ethics, environment, quality and administrative policies.

  • Serve as a key member of the Materials Physics and Applications Division Leadership team, championing the strategic, tactical, and operational success of the division in partnership with colleague group- and division-level managers.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Relevant experience in providing leadership and strategic direction for multi-institutional collaborations.

  • Demonstrated success in achieving consensus and developing collaborations across higher-level multi-disciplinary organizational boundaries.

  • Outstanding scientific research and technical leadership in related field as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, and recognition.

  • Experience with the definition of work scope, schedules, budgets, and funding for program/project work, priorities, and performance milestones.

  • A track record of representing collaborative science at a high level as demonstrated by participation or leadership in internal and/or external reviews.

  • Experience in public speaking and the ability to represent a broad portfolio of experimental physics to a diverse community.

  • A PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Ability to obtain a Q Clearance which normally requires US Citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated leadership to ensure integration with Laboratory priorities and commitments, including safety, security, environmental compliance, quality, contractor assurance, and business imperative in diverse research facilities with electrical, mechanical and other high hazards.

  • Ability to articulate a strategy to grow the scientific portfolio through collaborations with researchers across LANL.

  • Experience with managing project risks, develop risk mitigation strategies and corrective actions, and recommendation of risk acceptance/avoidance. Experience with reporting and documenting project requirements to the customer(s) and sponsors.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor staff and contribute to career development.

  • Demonstrated success with interactions with NSF programs and program managers.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and professional camaraderie among members of a disparate group in service to a range of organizational goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage financial and human resources with commitment to AA/EEO/Diversity objectives.

  • Experience as an external user or participant on advisory committees of other national or international user facilities.

  • Knowledge of LANL mission, capabilities and program opportunities.

Notes to Applicants:

Application Materials

  • Please include a cover letter in your application that specifically maps your experience and background onto the required and desired skills as indicated in this advertisement.

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.

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.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory / Pulsed Field Facility is supported by the National Science Foundation and operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory as a national user facility. For additional information about the NHMFL, including research areas, users, and facilities, please visit https://nationalmaglab.org/#www.magnet.fsu.edu and http://nhmfl.lanl.gov and for more information about the PFF, please visit https://nationalmaglab.org/user-facilities/pulsed-field-facility.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: MPA-MAG/MPS-CMMS-NHMFL Group

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Director for the LANL National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-Pulsed Field (Project-Program Director 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC61834