Los Alamos National Laboratory Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

As part of the Engineering Technology and Design (E) Division management team, the selected candidate will provide technical leadership and management for the Weapons Test Engineering Group (E-14). The group is responsible for a wide range of test activities including weapon component, subsystem and full-up system level engineering testing, material level testing, and a variety of non-weapon related test activities. Specific work scope includes facility management, project management, experimental test design, hardware design and analysis, fabrication/assembly for small component level to full-scale integrated tests. Weapons test activities will include collaborations with W and Q Divisions (Weapon System Engineering), and Joint Test Operations with Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and the US Navy and Air Force. These activities include testing that is performed in a variety of onsite and offsite facilities and locations including: DARHT, the Nevada Test Site, Tonopah test range, and Navy and Air Force flight-test ranges.

The Group leader will participate in and foster a team environment with engineers and scientists within LANL, other DOE facilities, and the DoD. Successful implementation of experimental design and execution necessitate establishing experimental test plans, technical procedures, experimental objectives and requirements, definition of test environments, and establishing instrumentation requirements. Specific test environments include but are not limited to shock, blast, vibration, rotational, impact, modal, thermal, and fire. Performance of job responsibilities will require working in controlled hazardous environments that may include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, high explosives, and other hazardous materials.

The E-14 Group Leader will report to the E Division Leader. The responsibilities for this position include:

  • Maintenance and revitalization of LANL engineering test facilities

  • Development of experimental testing technologies and equipment

  • Technical and administrative oversight of resources, cost, and schedule

  • Collaborate with group and division managers, and across divisional lines, in the areas of operational planning, strategic planning, program implementation, communications, and execution of projects and deliverables

  • Champion quality assurance, conduct of operations, high explosives safety, project management, and other aspects of integrated management

  • Planning, developing and managing the group’s capabilities, resources and budget

  • Conduct performance appraisals, salary management, recruiting, staffing, employee development, and addressing/resolving personnel issues

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Fundamental knowledge of nuclear weapons and the U.S. Stockpile.

  • Demonstrated experience with one or more of the following: nuclear weapon (or equivalent complex system) design, development, qualification, and certification.

  • Demonstrated experience of successful execution of complex system/component related tests and experiments.

  • Demonstrated experience working and delivering product on schedule, while involved in multiple projects having various priorities.

  • Demonstrated capability in program development, advocacy, and strategic planning.

  • Demonstrated ability to make effective and timely decisions and application of sound business practices.

  • Demonstrated record of excellent leadership, resource management, personnel development, conflict resolution, mentoring capabilities, supervision and integration of personnel into high performing /cross-organizational teams with the ability to solve complex problems.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of Laboratory personnel and internal/external customers.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated professional-level experience of practices related to working with high explosives, special nuclear materials, classified components and nondestructive diagnostics and techniques.

  • Working knowledge of Quality Assurance and Conduct of Operations requirements.

  • Knowledge of hardware and experimental design methodologies.

  • Knowledge of fundamental principles and extensive experimental work obtaining data from measurement systems involving one or more of the following response types: acceleration, strain, displacement, pressure and temperature.

  • Working knowledge of classified and radioactive parts management.

  • Active Q clearance.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead and down, bending, stooping, and lifting 20-30 pounds.

Work Environment:Position involves working around and possibly handling radioactive materials, explosives and beryllium.

Education:Minimum requirement is a BS in science or engineering. MS or PhD in Mechanical, Nuclear, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, or a closely related technical field preferred.

Notes to Applicants:For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

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.

The Engineering, Technology and Design Division (E) provides engineering insight and expertise to ensure the safety, reliability and security of our Nation's nuclear stockpile.

The E-14 group is responsible for execution of experimental tests in support of our weapon systems. Environments include thermal, shock, vibration, rotation, force loads, strain, and pressure. The group utilizes many specialized testing facilities and equipment to accomplish the required testing environments including but not limited to electrodynamic shakers, thermal chambers, load frames, drop towers, centrifuges, blast tubes, digital image correlation, etc.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Greathouse, Khalid T (Khi)


Email: kgreathouse@lanl.gov

Job Title: Group Leader (R&D; Manager 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70363