Los Alamos - New Mexico (NM), 87544

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Estimated salary $129,800 a year

Job Description:

What You Will Do

The Nuclear Material Control and Accountability Group (SAFE-NMCA) provides graded levels of control for accountable nuclear material (NM) and special nuclear material (SNM) based on the material type, quantity, and form. The program seeks to deter and detect theft or diversion of accountable material.

The Group Leader will provide leadership and management of approximately 45 employees with an approximate annual budget of $7.5M. The manager coordinates the efforts of Team Leaders and staff and provides technical direction to maintain and improve capabilities, work quality, cost efficiency, and technical consistency. The manager will foster the building of synergistic teams and be able to effectively identify and manage personnel issues. The Group Leader will be responsible for programs and projects that span the entire NMCA program across the institution and, as such, will have indirect oversight and leadership for all employees in the group in addition to direct management of 10 employees.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a number of discrete programs/projects requiring multidisciplinary integration across multiple Laboratory organizations. This position is unique in that it requires expert level knowledge in multiple highly technical fields. The programs/projects that this manager will be responsible for require understanding of nuclear material processing areas (and the underlying science) as well as knowledge of statistics and expert level NMCA knowledge. This position will be responsible for managing the technical components of nuclear material inventory execution including ensuring the correct use of propagation of variance and the technical resolution of inventory differences based on analytical analysis of available data.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated professional-level experience and scientific and technical excellence in at least one of the following areas: nuclear instruments and methods, nuclear safeguards, security management, or experimental nuclear science and engineering.

  • Demonstrated success in managing and leading a technical organization, project, or program involving diverse disciplines and technologies related to one or more of NMCA’s core competencies and requiring priority-based allocations of funding, facilities, and human resources.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including: personal integrity and accountability, effective oral and written communications, commitment to quality and excellence, broad institutional motivation and focus, and people development including mentoring, team building, and resolving conflicts among personnel.

  • Demonstrated success in working effectively with program and technical staff in defining and accomplishing program milestones (scope, cost, and schedule) while building technical capabilities within a team or group.

  • Advanced knowledge of MC&A requirements as outlined in DOE M 474.2.

  • Advanced knowledge and/or experience in MC&A activities and NM Control.

  • Experience in the use of statistical analysis and controls in a nuclear material control, manufacturing, or processing environment.

  • Experience in conduct of operations associated with handling nuclear materials and operating in laboratory type facilities.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated success in program/project development, including proposal preparation and presentations to program managers, sponsors, and end users.

  • Active DOE Q


  • Experience implementing Process Monitoring for a MC&A program.

  • Education Required: Position typically requires a Master’s degree and 12+ years of relevant experience in a physical science, security & safeguards related field, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Minimum of 5+ years of related management experience. At this level, postgraduate coursework may be expected. Additional consideration may be given to professionally recognized training and certifications in related fields.

    Notes to Applicants:

    • Mild to moderate domestic travel requirements annually.

    • For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the key requirements of the position.

    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.

    HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

    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: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

    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 [email protected] 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.

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