Los Alamos National Laboratory Dynamic Material Properties Program Manager (Program Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Program Manager for Dynamic Material Properties (Campaign 2, C2) will direct the program’s dynamic materials research portfolio in support of LANL’s nuclear weapons mission. Materials issues are at the forefront of many of the scientific challenges presented by the stockpile, as it evolves through aging and modernization and in response to changing threat environments. In order to provide solutions to these challenges, C2 assesses the dynamic performance of materials in extreme conditions and advances the experimental capabilities necessary to probe these regimes. The program strives for a multi-phase and microstructure aware understanding of materials dynamics. Issues of growing importance to the program include the effects of aging and of manufacturing advances, in capability and efficiency, on material properties.

The program’s materials portfolio is diverse and includes polymers, high explosives, plutonium, uranium and other metals. C2 provides data to support a physics-based description of equation of state, strength, phase transitions and kinetics, ejecta, spall, damage, failure and reactive flow. To fulfill the program’s mission, the C2 PM must be a key advocate for the advancement of dynamic materials capabilities at LANL, in the NNSA weapons complex and in the national and international communities.

The principal sponsor for this program area is DOE’s NNSA Defense Programs. C2 also partners closely with the DOD’s Joint Munitions Program.

The principal responsibilities of the Program Manager are:

  • Provide leadership for the direction and execution of the program

  • Establish a highly functioning C2 leadership team

  • Advocate for the development and funding of new initiatives and partnerships to meet C2 and weapons program drivers

  • Partner closely with ASC PEM to advance the synergistic goals of the programs via a dialogue on new data needs and paths to advance models using existing data

  • Partner closely with LANL program (e.g., ExpSci, DSW, ASC and ESAR) and line (e.g., ADX, ADEPS, ADTSC) leadership stakeholders and customers for the C2 program

  • Foster effective external partnerships with HQ and with counterparts at LLNL and SNL; with the national facilities’ management and staff; and with other external customers and stakeholders

  • Enable delivery of C2 Program products and milestones

  • Implement a rigorous experimental review process, which spans the experimental lifecycle, from idea genesis through data impact

  • Contribute to the stewardship and advancement of LANL’s Materials Pillar; LANL, national (e.g., APS’ DCS and HP-CAT, Z, U1a) and international dynamical materials facilities and capabilities; and MaRIE science

  • Collaborate closely with the Subcritical Experiments (SCE) PM to maximize the productivity of both programs, as funding for support of the SCE program is distributed through the C2 program

  • Lead programmatic and financial elements of the C2 Program; this requires coordination with the other Experimental Sciences Program Managers, CFO, project controls, and stakeholder division leaders to manage the program

  • Effectively support Laboratory goals for programmatic, business, and operational excellence

The C2 Program Manager must demonstrate commitment to the Laboratory mission of excellence in science, technology, and engineering; integrity; and commitment to diversity and excellence in the workforce. The successful candidate will interface with multiple communities internal and external to the laboratory. The DOE interface responsibilities involve coordination with NNSA personnel to plan and execute the program and provide requisite reporting and scientific documentation.

The C2 PM reports to the Experimental Sciences Program Director within ADX. Following candidate selection, the Program Manager could be transferred to one of the line divisions executing C2 work, if such an arrangement is deemed beneficial by line and program leadership.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the project areas within C2, as evidenced by a strong track record of publications, programmatic contributions and recognition within the weapons and scientific communities.

  • Demonstrated ability to implement strategic vision and work effectively with collaborators and customers, across programs and organizations, to deliver superior products.

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and management of technical programs, including success at project development, planning, advocacy, resource allocation, management, execution, and customer interactions.

  • Demonstrated record of successful teamwork and consensus building across organizational and program boundaries.

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills as evidenced by successful internal and external interactions and by briefings, presentations, and writings; of special importance is the ability to explain technical concepts to non-technical personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and integrate C2 efforts across the national laboratories and interface productively with NNSA.

  • Candidate must be able to obtain a DOE Q Clearance.

  • Candidate should have a Master’s Degree in a relevant technical discipline, with a PhD preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working effectively with the NNSA NA-11 office at DOE Headquarters.

  • Experience with the theoretical, experimental, and computational elements of LANL weapons program.

  • Experience working with user facilities such as Z, DCS or HP-CAT.

  • Possession of a Q clearance.

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.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Montoya, Jessica M

Organization Name: ADX/AD Weapons Physics

Email: jessicam@lanl.gov

Job Title: Dynamic Material Properties Program Manager (Program Manager 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66791