The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division is seeking experienced and innovative scientists and engineers to solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems of today and tomorrow by joining our highly collaborative leadership team! The Deputy Division Leader (DDL) is a key ISR leadership team member, working with the ISR Division Leader, Group Leaders, and Deputy Group Leaders to provide scientific, technical, and operational leadership along with management oversight for an organization of over 260 technical staff, nearly 20 postdoctoral fellows, and more than 70 students. The DDL is uniquely positioned to autonomously lead strategic initiatives benefitting ISR staff, capabilities, and project missions, and proactively address tactical needs as they arise across areas ranging from facilities management to complex staffing challenges. This position is a gateway to a senior leadership career, and ISR is committed to providing mentoring and professional development opportunities.
ISR Division designs, builds, delivers, and exploits innovative ground- and space-based measurement systems and provides unique analysis and interpretation of data from these systems. We succeed through cohesive, interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists working within a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. Our deployed systems, and interpretation of their data into useful information, are crucial for international nuclear treaty verification, nuclear nonproliferation, space domain awareness, and remote sensing. We also develop and lead scientific experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, IBEX, and the upcoming IMAP, NACHOS, and BeamPIE missions.
Space is an increasingly important arena for scientific discovery and national security. ISR Division develops and maintains a strong mix of basic and applied science and engineering, from concept creation through development, production, and deployment. Its core capabilities include understanding signature propagation from source to sensor; deployment of cutting-edge sensors and processors in space, air, and on the ground; engineering of systems for extreme environments; understanding and predicting the natural and disrupted space environment and its effects on measurement systems; and applied data sciences that translate measurements into knowledge. The primary sponsors and customers for our work include the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Intelligence Community.
Deputy Division Leader duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Grow and sustain a specialized, highly capable workforce, motivated through continuous intellectual challenge and learning.
- Inspire and lead the workforce to successfully deliver measurement systems and information products, and position it to address evolving scientific and national security challenges.
- Develop and sustain partnerships with peers from other divisions across Los Alamos National Laboratory; other National Laboratories; government agencies; academia; and industry.
- Understand and help manage a complex technical, programmatic, and organizational risk landscape. This includes development and implementation of tactical and strategic goals, as well as program development in close collaboration with Los Alamos's Program Offices.
- Function as a key part of ISR Division's leadership team to foster a respectful, inclusive, and equitable work culture.
Foster a healthy, safe, and secure working environment that reinforces a culture of learning.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Proven ability (e.g., through management, program, or project leadership experience) to lead a workforce with diverse skillsets and expertise through a complex technical risk landscape, including handling competing or conflicting priorities and navigating highly constrained funding and schedule environments. Ability to develop and sustain a creative, entrepreneurial work environment in which innovation and continuous learning are essential for solving difficult, exciting challenges in science and national security. Demonstrated ability to develop or mature an organizational strategy, and to successfully engage and lead a workforce through its implementation.
Demonstrated record of successful management of an R&D enterprise or organizational group which includes experience in management of fiscal, human, and material resources; effective conflict resolution; performance and salary management; coordinating with other organizations to achieve common objectives; recruitment and retention of a specialized workforce; and organization of workflow in a complex technical environment.
Demonstrated scientific, engineering, and/or technical knowledge of and accomplishments in one or more areas relevant to the Division's core capabilities. Ability to lead and manage the development, deployment, and exploitation of systems for space research, space-based national security missions, or a similarly complex and rigorous domain area.
Proven ability to work and interact effectively in a dynamic team environment; to build and lead cross-organizational collaborations and teams; and to motivate staff through common goals and objectives.
Demonstrated ability to foster a positive work culture, create opportunities and challenges for technical and support staff, and advance their knowledge and skills - on both an individual and team level. Demonstrated experience and skill as a mentor and coach.
Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills with individuals and teams. Ability to engage with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences through effective presentations and conversations. Strong active listening skills are required for this position.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Demonstrated commitment to ensuring the workforce diversity required to address compelling and urgent scientific and global security challenges of today and tomorrow. Demonstrated record of fostering a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Safety and Security
Demonstrated success in improving the safety, security, environment, and health envelope of a team workplace, such as through implementing Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and/or Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles.
Education/Experience: Position requires a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution and 12 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Demonstrated record of developing an enduring technical program for a sponsor.
Demonstrated leadership experience within a stressful, high-risk environment that is typical of space-based programs that require execution within rigid cost, scope, and schedule envelopes.
Demonstrated experience in successful use of project controls for anticipating, identifying, and managing technical and program risk of complex projects.
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
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: Candidates are requested to write a cover letter that specifically addresses each job requirement.
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 childbirth 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. 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 Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Incentive 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.Employment StatusFull Time