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Earth Systems Observations Group Leader (R&D Manager 4)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, US
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Jun 28, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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What You Will Do
Join our world class team of Earth scientists! The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at LANL is seeking a dynamic, innovative individual to lead the Earth Systems Observations group, EES-14. EES-14 is a diverse Group of about 100 staff, post-docs, and students with an annual budget of approximately $50M. EES-14performs laboratory and field-based experimental and observational research, and associated data analysis and modeling encompassing the geologic, geochemical, hydrological, ecological, landscape, and atmospheric sciences.
The Group Leader provides leadership in technical and programmatic activities and champions EES-14 capabilities and personnel. The specific responsibilities for this position include fiscal oversight, research program development, oversight and technical development of laboratory facilities, resource and space allocation, safety and compliance, as well as personnel management including employee evaluations, promotions, and salary management. The Group Leader is responsible for maintaining a strong safety and security envelope while cultivating a culture of respect for safety and security within the Group. The successful candidate will work to ensure that the Group has a comprehensive, integrated set of core-competencies to deliver on existing programs and commitments as well as positioning the Group to meet emerging challenges and develop new programs through effective partnering with peers across the Laboratory and at other institutions. S/he also works with the Division Leader to determine organizational objectives, implement and disseminate lab policies, and delegate assignments. The Group Leader is supported by a Deputy Group Leader, five Team Leaders, two administrative assistants and a financial analyst.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Leadership and Management
- Demonstrated scientific leadership and management of a research-oriented organization, including satisfying customers in a timely manner with sound programmatic and technical decisions,management of resources, and knowledge of the operational standards needed to maintain safe and secure group operations.
- Experience in the business operations of a group or team, which may include financial stewardship, budgeting, and/or forecasting.
- Experience in personnel management, which may include career development, goal setting, mentoring and motivating employees, resolving conflicts, andcommitment to diversity in the workplace.
Strategy, Program Development, and Technical Credibility
- Demonstrated technical accomplishments in one or more of the EES-14 relevant areas of research and operations (see the list in the "Where You Will Work" section below).
- Experience coordinating program development, which may involve familiarity with DOE, NNSA, DoD, or other federal or private sponsors and in representing programs internally and externally.
- Experience conducting strategic planning,which may include establishing a scientific visionand identifying challenges and opportunities, fostering technical capability, and improving infrastructure and facilities.
Collaboration and Communication
- Demonstrated record of effective teamwork, which may include working with multi-disciplinary teams, building consensus, and/or working across organizational boundaries to achieve institutional objectives.
- Ability to identify, condense, and communicate essential information at various technical levels to staff, sponsors, and stakeholders.
Education, Experience, and Clearance
- Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Geoscience or a related field and 8 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position. A PhD in Geoscience or related field is strongly preferred.
- Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.
Desired Qualifications:
- Experience working in and managing field-based programs and/or analytical laboratories with chemical, electrical, pressure and/or radiological safety requirements.
- Demonstrated ability in technical writing, including reports, proposals, and presentations.
- Knowledge of and networks with external sponsoring organizations (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, other government agencies, Industry, etc.) and with existing or potential external or internal collaborators.
Note to Applicants: Please include a CV with a publication list and a cover letter addressing your background and vision as they fulfill the job requirements and desired skills.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
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
The EES-14 Group is characterized by a balance of basic and applied research, leading to the development of novel and integrated capabilities that can be utilized to address practical problems for a variety of sponsors in DOE, NNSA, other federal agencies, and a variety of industries.Experimental facilities include a well-equipped suite of geochemical analytical labs for the characterization of rocks and fluids; high pressure experimental equipment; a suite of radioactive-capable labs for actinide studies at in-situ conditions; triaxial core flood with in-situ tomography and a high-pressure load frame for studies of rock mechanical behavior under stress; high pressure-temperature microfluidics stage; light stable isotope mass spectrometers and peripherals; and a large greenhouse for plant physiological research. The Group conducts scientific research and technical work across all classification levels.The work conducted in each of the five teams within the EES-14 Group are summarized below:
Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystem Science
- Monitoring and attribution of atmospheric greenhouse gases; absorbing aerosol chemistry and climate impacts
- Hydrological, geochemical and geomorphological response to regional and global climate change;
- Vegetation-climate interactions, plant stress responses, and use of plant-microbiome interactions to improve plant stress tolerance
Geology and Geospatial Analysis
- Observation and analysis of geological controls on fracturing and gas migration associated with underground nuclear explosions and geologic repositories
- Complex, multi-modality geospatial analysis of natural and anthropogenic phenomena, including analysis of temporal change
- Field-based geologic signature analyses using a range of novel sensors and deployment systems
Radionuclide Geochemistry
- Investigation of fundamental environmental behavior of nuclides and other non-radioactive contaminants or tracers, including laboratory- and field-scale observation of species reactivity and transport
- Characterization of geomaterials using advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques for applications including unconventional hydrocarbon production and geologic CO 2 sequestration
- Actinide chemistry at elevated temperatures and pressures, including thermodynamics of solid phases and aqueous species
Geomaterials and Geochemistry Research Lab
- Subsurface science related to rock fracturing and fluid flow in fractured reservoirs
- Repository and borehole conditions of high temperature and pressure fluid
- Carbon sequestration and wellbore integrity
Field Instrument Deployments and Operations.
- Supports a DOE scientific user facility charged with making detailed observations about the earth's atmosphere
- Operations and logistics for the global deployment of atmospheric sciences observation instruments and equipment
The Group is part of the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division which is a highly interactive, well-funded basic and applied research organization with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and a staff of approximately 225, with core disciplines that include Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geomaterials, Geography, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science, Applied Math, and Geotechnical Engineering.
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. 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 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.
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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
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Contact Details
Contact Name Lopez, Alexine F C (Alexine)
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC84599
Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations
Minimum Salary 150700
Maximum Salary 261000
Req ID: IRC84599
Category: Science
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