Earth & Environmental Sciences Deputy Division Leader (R&D Manager 5)

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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 deputy division leader to share in the responsibility for the scientific leadership, strategic planning, management, and operations for a dedicated, diverse, multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 researchers and staff working on a portfolio with an annual budget exceeding $100M. EES is a trusted resource providing world-class scientific solutions and analyses in national-security earth science, sustainable energy, earth-system dynamics, and climate change impacts.

Provide executive-level leadership for teams that are involved in both discovery science and mission-focused applications to support decisions of national importance. The work in EES includes experimental laboratory studies with state-of-the-art analytical equipment, global field deployments of monitoring equipment, data analysis of both big and sparse data sets, and high-performance simulation on leadership-class computers.

Working alongside the Division Leader, the successful Deputy Division Leader candidate will be committed to scientific excellence and a diverse workforce, have direct responsibility for significant elements of the technical leadership of the Division, and represent the Division and Directorate in institutional-level science and program planning. The selected individual will help to lead the management team, enabling program execution and technical excellence while meeting goals in operations, business stewardship, and human resource management. Duties will also involve interaction with DOE sponsors such as NNSA, Office of Science, Applied Energy offices, Nuclear Energy, and other agencies, both directly and through LANL program offices.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Leadership: Record of leadership in technical organizations. Examples to consider discussing as appropriate include line and/or program leadership; supervision, mentoring, and development of assigned employees; creation and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce; conflict resolution; operational oversight and compliance; and application of sound business practices and judgment.

  • Strategy: Experience in strategic planning and implementation to identify challenges and opportunities, foster science, strengthen an organization, build technical capability, and improve technical infrastructure and facilities.

  • Program Development and Sponsor Relations: Experience in program development; acquiring funding for teams; and representing programs internally and externally to sponsors, stakeholders, and/or review boards.

  • Science: A record of successful scientific research and/or programmatic accomplishments in an area of Earth and Environmental Sciences Division-relevant or national security-relevant activities as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, grants or programmatic support, and/or leadership of large technical projects.

  • Collaboration and Communication: Experience in developing collaborations, teamwork, building consensus, and effective communication with staff, sponsors, and stakeholders.

Education/Experience: PhD in Science, Engineering, or related field and five years of expert level experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience with an emphasis in scientific leadership and management of a research organization with complex operations.

Note to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and a comprehensive cover letter that addresses the job requirements listed above and outlines your vision for this position.

  • Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

  • Applicants must be able to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires US Citizenship.


Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos, NM, is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community that enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. There are frequent concerts and events, as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera, 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.

The mission of the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is to solve complex problems of importance in environment, energy, and national security. We are a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative division that tackles a broad range of challenges, including:

  • Characterizing and modeling subsurface fluid flow and geochemistry

  • Designing geological storage of carbon dioxide

  • Modeling, detecting, and predicting underground explosion signatures

  • Measuring trace isotopes and other geochemical constituents in fluid and solid samples

  • Providing advanced seismic imaging

  • Revealing climate change drivers and ecosystem impacts

  • Assessing basin-scale hydrologic systems at the energy-water nexus

  • Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics

  • Predicting wildland and urban fires

  • Understanding nuclear and rare materials

  • Improving geothermal and oil/gas energy production

  • Evaluating materials using nonlinear acoustic techniques

  • Measuring and modeling the dynamic mechanical properties of earth materials

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. 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 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 Laboratory 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security by solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health and global security concerns; ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile; and developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction. 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)

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Hall, Lorna Jane
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC82465
Organization Name EES-DO/Earth & Environmental Sciences
Minimum Salary 158900
Maximum Salary 284300
Req ID: IRC82465
Category: Science

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