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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Science & Applications Project Leader (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 high functioning, inter-disciplinary project teams to address challenging issues of national interest? ISR Division is seeking an experienced, highly motivated scientist or engineer to lead the Modeling and Simulation (MS) Project and a dynamic team of scientists and engineers within the Satellite-based Nuclear Detonation Detection (SNDD) Program and the broader United States Nuclear Detonation (NuDet) Detection System (USNDS) Program. This project is currently known as Verification, Validation, and Accredidation (VV&A). The project spans all groups of Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division as well as other Divisions and external sponsors and customers. The Project Leader (PL) is responsible for coordinating development and VV&A of SNDD models, and execution of USNDS system-level performance estimation modeling and simulation tasks required by USNDS and interagency stakeholders within cost, schedule, and other resource constraints.

The selected candidate will serve as the MS Project Leader (PL). The annual budget is in the $1-2M range, supporting 8 staff working on model development, validation and system modelling activities in support of USNDS priorities. The PL will also coordinate model development and modeling activities conducted by the SNDD payload projects and USNDS ground system projects, including coordinating with the Data Support (DS) project for maintenance and development of the LANL DIORAMA modeling and simulation software framework. This project includes extensive coordination with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Air Force Technical Analysis Center (AFTAC) customers and USNDS development partners at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), model validation partners at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Aerospace Corporation, and other USG partners.

The PL is also expected to lead workforce development related to capabilities needed by this project, which include execution of USNDS cross-phenomenolgy performance studies, enhancing technical engagement between the USNDS and weapons outputs communities, and interpreting the science and utility of signals and analysis techniques from the modeled USNDS systems.

Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)

As a Scientist 3 on any given day you may be called to:

  • Project execution: Identify and manage project risk by developing and negotiating appropriate scope, funding, schedule, staffing, and facilities with line management, the SNDD Program Office, sponsors, and customers. Implement project management tools to track, forecast, and report progress on routine basis; to identify and manage project risk; and to modify cost, scope, and schedule as issues arise.

  • Teaming: Work as a key member of the Los Alamos USNDS/SNDD leadership team, which includes line management, the SNDD Program Office, and, in particular, the payload Project Leaders, SNDD Chief Scientists, and the Data Support Project Leader. Work toward common goals, objectives, and priorities of the program. Facilitate program evolution into a payload production business model that sustains workforce expertise in signature and measurement phenomenology to address the evolving national security threat landscape.

  • Broaden the user base of information products: Expand the user base of the DIORAMA framework and other SNDD modeling and simulation tools and ensure user goals and objectives are reflected in the development and maintenance plans for those tools.

  • Safety and security: Actively implement Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles to establish a strong culture of safety, security, and collaboration.

  • Workforce development: Develop and steward the core expertise and workforce capabilities and vitality required for the current and future success of the project.

  • Establish a strong collaborative culture: 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.

  • Project Leader career development: Advance your leadership skills, knowledge of the USNDS program beyond the project, signature outputs from nuclear explosions, and expertise in the USNDS signature domains.

Scientist 4 ($135,800 - $235,600)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will be called to engage in the following areas:

  • Strategy development and tactical implementation: Coordinate and implement a project strategy and tactical implementation plan tying together weapons output simulation tools, detailed effects models, and system/subsystem performance estimation modeling and simulation activities. Integrate this strategy with the broader USNDS strategy in close collaboration with internal SNDD leadership team and external stakeholders.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Operations Support:

Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate complex activities across multiple peer and partner organizations.

Team Dynamics:

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.

Technical Knowledge:

Demonstrated expertise and experience in of two or more of the following: space science; remote sensing; nuclear weapons outputs; instrumentation related to detection of energetic transients in optical, radio frequency (RF), neutrons, x-rays, gamma-rays, energetic particles, or plasma.

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 lower level: Position requires a Master’s degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience related to the position. Advanced degree and experience preferred (PhD. or higher).

Education/Experience at higher level: 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 related to the position. Advanced degree and experience preferred (PhD. or higher).

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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.

  • Knowledge and experience in implementation of HPI and SCoR principles.

  • Demonstrated experience supporting and expanding the user community of a delivered software package.

  • Active Q Clearance

Note to Applicants: Those interested should send an application letter and CV to Alexei Klimenko (klimenko@lanl.gov) no later than 23 July 2021.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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.

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)

Additional Details

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.

  • 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: 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Email amberw@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86372
Organization Name ISR-1/Space Science & Applications
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Req ID: IRC86372
Category: Science