Los Alamos National Laboratory XCP-2 Group Leader (R&D Manager 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The X-Computational Physics Division (XCP) is looking for an outstanding scientific leader to serve as the Group Leader for XCP-2, the Eulerian Codes Group. The group leader is responsible for the management and scientific direction of the group, and delivery of high quality science, while maintaining an active personal research program in a research area relevant to the group.

XCP-2 has the principal responsibility to develop and maintain a range of multi-physics codes, including the xRAGE and Roxane families of codes. The capabilities of XCP-2 have a wide-ranging application base including simulation of high explosives, shock physics, complex compressible flow, high-energy-density physics (HEDP) and inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, astrophysics, weapons effects, and additional applications that support LANLs stockpile stewardship and national security missions. XCP-2 also maintains the Eulerian Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) and regular mesh numerical simulation tools for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s weapons physics community, ICF/HEDP user community, and University collaborators who research astrophysical phenomena and simulate material properties experiments.

XCP-2 has an annual budget of about $7M, and employs about 12 full-time Scientists, plus Postdocs, Students, and Guest Scientists. XCP Division would like to see the staffing level in XCP-2 grow significantly over the next two to three years. The expertise in the group includes Eulerian AMR fluid dynamics, high explosives, magneto-hydrodynamics, turbulence, high-energy-density & plasma physics, nuclear physics and engineering. The group also develops and maintains expertise in massively parallel processing and software development for supercomputer architectures of both the present and the future, for example, implementation of computational physics algorithms for GPUs.

Multiple LANL programs support XCP-2. The Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program provides the largest investment, with the ICF Program, the Experimental Science Program, Directed Stockpile Work, and Strategic Partnerships also supporting work in the group. XCP-2 works in close partnership with teams from methods & algorithms, physics & material data, verification & validation, experimental programs, and weapons physics to ensure that activities are technically relevant, scientifically grounded, and achieve maximum impact on programmatic goals. The group supports the national goals of NNSA Defense Programs in predictive capability assessment and integrated computational and experimental science.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated broad technical knowledge in one or more computational physics areas relevant to XCP-2, as documented by publications, reports, presentations, computer code, or other evidence of completed work.

  • A background in successful program or project development, leadership, and/or execution in either a formal or an informal role.

  • Demonstrated experience staffing programs or projects while building technical capabilities within a team.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to build collaborative relationships with other stakeholders in experimental, theoretical, and computational physics; develop research careers of staff; mentor postdocs; and create a positive work environment.

  • Active Q clearance or ability to obtain a Q clearance (which normally requires US citizenship).

  • Applicants must submit a CV/resume and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses how they meet the minimum job requirements, and any of the desired skills of the position.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in large-scale code development, preferably, but not exclusively, to include one of the integrated codes developed in XCP or related organizations.

  • Citations, honors, and/or participation in national committees in one or more computational physics areas relevant to XCP-2.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of multi-physics codes, including their strengths, weaknesses, and long-term needs.

  • Experience in one or more of the application areas relevant to the end-use of the code capabilities developed in XCP-2

  • Line management experience including staff recruiting, career development, and constructive feedback.

  • Demonstrated effective leadership to include strategic thinking, creativity and innovation, decisiveness, integrity, and institutional perspective.

  • Active Q clearance strongly preferred.


  • PhD in science or engineering in a specialization relevant to XCP-2 is strongly preferred. A minimum of a BS in science or engineering is required.

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL.

  • Compensation and benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Multiple options for work schedule

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid sick time and disability insurance

  • 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k on day one

Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Maximum Salary: 219800

Minimum Salary: 126700

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Montoya, Jessica M

Organization Name: XCP-2 Group Leader / Eulerian Codes

Email: jessicam@lanl.gov

Job Title: XCP-2 Group Leader (R&D; Manager 4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62045