Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

ISR-1 builds, deploys, instruments into space, and analyzes and interprets data from these instruments. These instruments include gamma-ray, x-ray, and neutron spectrometers, as well as mass spectrometers, plasma spectrometers, energetic ion and electron telescopes, and energetic neutral atom imagers. Advancing new measure methods as well as inventing new detection technologies enable us to improve our understanding of signatures and their sources.

ISR-1 uses and continuously improves an extensive suite of model and simulation tools to understand and predict space weather, include its DREAM and SHIELDS models to predict the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s radiation belts and space weather. We also use MCNP and GEANT to model the transport of radiation from their source to our instruments.

Scientific discoveries continue to be made in understanding the Earth’s space environment and its interaction with the Sun, the Sun’s space environment and its interaction with the interstellar medium, and the composition and water abundance of planetary bodies. Scientific and engineering research are an important foundation for success in ISR’s civilian and national security payloads.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

ISR division capabilities include engineering design and fabrication, spacecraft integration, ground system support and on-orbit operation. Scientists in ISR are expected to become self-supported or critical to the execution of larger programs. We seek candidates who will contribute exceptionally to more than one mission area.

  • Demonstrated leadership in deploying instrumentation of key subsystems on a space mission.

  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding for multi-year projects, supported by DOE, DOD, NASA, or other US agencies.

  • Advanced knowledge and proven ability in the development and application of innovative gamma-ray, x-ray, neutron, plasma, or energetic ion and electron spectrometers; or

  • Proven exceptional simulation, modeling, or data analysis skills in space plasma physics or radiation transport and effects.

  • A record of leading high impact, innovative research as demonstrated by recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or contributions to major reports.

  • Advanced knowledge and proven ability in formulating and communicating results to technical audiences and readerships.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team, with good communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain strategic collaborations and partnerships with other leading organizations that have enabled new discoveries in the space sciences.

  • Candidates should have the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in working and collaborating across organizational teams and institutions.

  • Proven experience with mission and/or system design, performance modeling and assessment, requirements definition and specifications, integration and testing.

  • Active DOE Q Clearance.

Education:Scientist candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree and a minimum of 3 years work experience.

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 Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division (space.lanl.gov) leads a variety of national security programs to develop and fly sensors in space to detect nuclear detonations and nuclear threat signatures around the world. ISR-1 capabilities range from mission concept to instrument development and deployment, data analysis and interpretation, and simulation and modeling. We develop and sustain our world-class workforce through vigorous, innovative research in detection technologies, planetary science, and space physics. ISR Division currently leads instruments or instrument subsystems on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers, as well as NASA’s IBEX, SWIFT, TWINS, ACE, Mars Odyssey, and Van Allen Probes missions.

Maximum Salary: 197000

Minimum Salary: 116900

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-1/Space Science & Applications

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: Scientist 4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC66137