Los Alamos National Laboratory T-6 Group Leader / R&D Manager 4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Theoretical Division is seeking candidates for the Group Leader position in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group.
The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group (T-6) in the Theoretical Division is one of the world’s premier research groups in quantitative biology. The group provides leadership on theoretical and computational studies of biological systems and bioinformatics to solve pressing health, national and global security challenges, and to advance the frontiers of science. The group integrates an interdisciplinary team of researchers trained in physics, mathematics, statistics, biology, immunology, chemistry, and epidemiology.
The current research portfolio ranges from basic to applied science, in areas such as viral dynamics, immune system modeling, cell signaling, protein structure and dynamics, evolutionary biology, phylodynamics, vaccine design, mathematical modeling of emerging infections, and medical outcome analysis. The group is composed of 22 Ph.D. staff scientists and 11 postdoctoral fellows who are supported by an annual budget of $15 Million, mostly from grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other government agencies.The group contributes to national and global security, with its researchers combining mathematical modeling, large scale computer simulations, and data analytics (bio-informatics, machine learning and statistics) with biological knowledge and insights to support Los Alamos National Laboratory’s bio-/health security mission.
The Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group is recognized internationally for its capability in host disease modeling, phylodynamics and bio-informatics. Past and present accomplishments in bio-informatics include the genesis of GenBank and the current NIH funded HIV database that was used to develop an HIV vaccine (currently in phase 3 clinical trial). The Quantitative Biology Schools and Conferences originated in the group, as well as the mathematical model that guided the development of cocktail therapy for AIDS. The group also holds the current record for the largest all-atom molecular simulation.
The group leader’s responsibilities include strategic and operational management of the group such as:
Participation in division-level visions and strategies
Promoting and maintaining fruitful scientific interactions with both internal and external organizations
Working with staff scientists to recruit, mentor, and develop outstanding new scientific talent
Fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and environment
Development of new opportunities to support the research enterprise in the group
Direct supervision for the group’s staff with responsibility for their performance evaluation, salary, and career development
The position is funded with the expectation that the successful candidate will lead the group while engaging personally in active and funded programmatic technical research with approximately 50% of their time.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
The successful candidate will possess:
Expertise and a record of accomplishment in one or more of the research areas described above; the ability to contribute technically to one or more group projects; and the ability to develop programs in associated technical areas.
Effective and successful leadership experience, preferably in a scientific or technical team, group, or project setting.
Experience recruiting, mentoring, supervising, and facilitating the technical work of scientific researchers at all levels.
Effective communication skills, which includes an ability to engage in technical conversations across disciplines, the ability to discuss program strategies with current and potential sponsors, the ability to delegate tasks to staff and administrators, and the ability to interact with all levels of Laboratory management.
The ideal candidate will also have:
Experience building collaborative relationships across group, division, laboratory, and national boundaries.
Experience proposing, developing, and sustaining research programs.
Demonstrated record of recruitment and mentoring of excellent scientists.
Previous program and/or line management experience
Active Q Clearance or ability to obtain one which usually requires US Citizenship.
- Ph.D. in applied mathematics, biological sciences, engineering, physics or equivalent independent research experience in theoretical or computational biology/biophysics/bioinformatics areas.
Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must submit a CV and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resource Generalist, Melanie Vigil, email@example.com or Theoretical Division Leader, Marianne Francois, firstname.lastname@example.org .
For full consideration, please submit your full application byFebruary 28, 2021.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.
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 gym 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.
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 472.2for 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 at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
I ncentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.
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.
Contact Name Vigil, Melanie Louise
Vacancy Name: IRC83212
Organization Name T-6 / Theoretical Biology And Biophysics
Minimum Salary 147000
Maximum Salary 254700
Req ID: IRC83212