Los Alamos National Laboratory Powder Materials Processing R&D Scientist 3/4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
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.
Are you passionate about leading a high functioning team to address challenging issues of national interest? The Powder Materials Processing Team is seeking qualified applicants for a mid-career scientist staff position. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the Powder Materials Processing team in the Sigma Division, reporting to the Powder Materials Processing Team Leader. The Sigma Complex is a unique prototyping and fabrication facility that specializes in providing material, components, and manufacturing science to the Los Alamos experimental programs. The experimental mission spans the US nuclear weapons program, DOD, work with universities, Intelligence Agencies and many other customers. As part of this mission, Sigma Division works with a broad range of materials from stainless steel and aluminum, to special metals such as ceramics, uranium and beryllium.
The candidate will be expected to perform outstanding research in the field of materials science on problems related to fabrication and the structure/property relations of ceramics. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on individual who will supervise, mentor, and direct the day to day operations of a team of co-workers to address both applied and basic research problems. The position requires a team player with an excellent work ethic, high-level of initiative, and a commitment to safety, quality and documentation.
The successful candidate will work independently, communicate with internal and external peers and sponsors, disseminate research in both internal reports and peer reviewed journals, as well as generate documents essential for the operation of the laboratory. The position requires interaction with sponsors and proposal writing to develop a program portfolio appropriate to funding the research team effort. Performance of job responsibilities will involve exposure to hazards that include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, acids/bases, organic solvents and other hazardous materials.
Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
Work as a key member of the PMP team, towards common goals, objectives, and priorities of programs.
Lead independent research in fabrication and structure/property relations of materials.
Publish research in leading scientific journals
Identify and manage project risk by developing and negotiating appropriate scope, funding, schedule, staffing, and facilities with line management, sponsors, and customers.
Recruit and mentor students and postdocs
Actively implement Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles to establish a strong culture of safety, security, and collaboration.
Develop and steward the core expertise and workforce capabilities and vitality required for the current and future success of projects.
Foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment; establishes transparency and collaboration as a foundation for success; encourages and supports continuous learning; and tolerates failure as a learning tool.
Advance your leadership skills and expertise beyond existing projects.
Scientist 4 ($135,800 - $235,600)
In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, requirements at this level include:
Coordinate and implement a project strategy and tactical implementation plan for new and existing programs. Integrate this strategy with the broader Sigma strategy in close collaboration with internal team and external stakeholders.
Have an extensive record of publications.
Strong research leadership with international influence as evidenced by publications that serve as international reference works and invited seminars.
Documented success mentoring junior staff.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated expertise and experience in fabrication, characterization and testing of ceramic materials.
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals including technicians, engineers, and scientists including effective communication skills for all levels. Further demonstrated ability to leverage ingenuity, creativity, and personal independence to support multiple concurrent team tasks.
Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and influence within the context of internal and external collaborations. Excellent communication skills in writing reports, developing and delivering briefings, and/or peer-reviewed papers.
Proven ability to meet tight schedules (time management), organize and prioritize tasks for effective accomplishment of project goals.
Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate complex activities across multiple peer and partner organizations.
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 4:
In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
Technical Leadership :
Demonstrated success as a principle investigator or task leader on projects with defined cost, scope, and schedule.
Education/Experience at Scientist 3: Position requires a Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Preferred degree is a Master’s or PhD. degree in Materials Science specializing in Ceramics.
Education/Experience at Scientist 4 : Position requires a Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 12 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. Preferred degree is a Master’s or PhD. degree in Materials Science specializing in Ceramics.
Experience working in a radiological or nuclear facility.
Substantial project or task leader experience on projects that deliver customized information products to users or customers.
Demonstrated knowledge of project management standards, tools, and techniques.
Active Q Clearance
Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):Applying torque with hands or arms, fine motor control, li ft ing 30+ pounds and carrying 30+ pounds.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, your application must include aresume and a cover lett er that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills.
Where You Will Work Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
Dental and vision insurance
Free basic life and disability insurance
Paid maternity and parental leave
Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
Onsite gyms and wellness programs
Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 regard 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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC91032
Organization Name Sigma-1/Fabrication Manufacturing Science
Req ID: IRC91032