Los Alamos National Laboratory X-Ray and Particle Sensing Project Leader (Scientist 5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Perseverance and Curiosity Rovers at Mars, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX as well as the upcoming IMAP Mission, NACHOS hyperspectral cubesat, and BEAMPIE rocket experiment. We also build, fly, operate, analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors, ground, airborne, and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing.
We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced scientist or engineer to lead a space payload that measures x-rays and energetic charged particles as part of the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS). The XAPS (X-ray and Particle Sensing) project provides capabilities to produce actionable information for a broad range of National security stakeholders, and its execution spans all groups of ISR Division as well as other Divisions and external partners. The Project Leader is responsible for research, development, production and deployment of XAPS science, technology, and payloads of the highest possible quality and reliability within rigid cost, schedule, and resource constraints. The Project Leader is also responsible for execution of related USAF-sponsored work on behalf of the broader U.S. NuDet Detection System (USNDS) program—including analysis and interpretation software for USNDS ground systems.
The selected candidate will serve as Project Leader for one of the largest projects within the SNDD portfolio and includes the Combined X-Ray and Dosimeter (CXD) and Hard Radiation Sensor (HRS) series of sensing payloads. The annual budget is in the $10–15M/year range, supporting dozens of staff working on a diverse set of tasks that encompass all phases of satellite payload and ground system life cycles from research, design, and development though production, testing, calibration, commissioning, operational support, data validation, and anomaly resolution.
The Project Leader is also expected to lead workforce development related to capabilities needed by this project, which includes facilitating and enabling a vigorous, multi-sponsor research portfolio in the detection, processing, analysis, and interpretation of the signatures measured by these payloads. Future major milestones include post-delivery support, commissioning, and operational support of previously delivered CXD payloads and ground software development and implementation; production, testing, and deployment of HRS payloads and software; and design and development of next generation technologies (beyond HRS).
As a Scientist 5 you will work, participate as core member of the SNDD and USNDS Program leadership team to identify and address program-wide issues as they arise, and to develop long-range program plans, including future payload/ground system production and deployment; R&D roadmaps and implementation; and strategic workforce development. In addition, you will team with lead engineers and scientists to ensure proper execution, delivery, and quality of work within the scope and resource constraints of the project. Encourage new ideas and advanced concepts for improved payload performance using fewer satellite resources (mass, volume, power). Facilitate a vigorous research program and workforce development strategy aligned with current and future capabilities needed by the project. You will provide overall project direction and leadership, maintaining detailed insight into all activities. Develop, track, actively manage, and report project level risks to line and program management on a routine basis, while assisting in the tracking and managing of program level risks.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Technical Research & Development:
Expert-level knowledge and experience in one or more technical research and development disciplines:
Space Instrumentation: Development and deployment of space instrumentation
Nuclear Weapon: output signatures; instrumentation related to detection of X rays, gamma-rays, energetic particles, or space plasmas
Space Electronics: The development, manufacturing, and deployment of space electronics.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills when working with internal and external customers.
Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead a team with diverse skill sets and expertise through a complex technical risk landscape. Ability to build, grow, and lead cross-organizational collaborations and teams, and to motivate staff through common goals and objectives.
Demonstrated success as a project leader, principal investigator, or task leader on a complex experiment or a space instrumentation project with defined cost, scope, and schedule.
Excellent knowledge of project management standards, tools, and techniques and their use to drive project and workforce decisions.
Ability to foster a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment; establish transparency and collaboration as a foundation for success; encourage and support continuous learning; and use failure as a learning tool.
Expert-level knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technical research and development projects, including the formulation and testing of hypotheses, plan, track and forecast, and report cost, schedule, and performance progress on a routine basis. Investigation of alternative solutions, and recommendation of solutions to technical problem.
Education/Experience: Position requires a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 12 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
Proven record of accomplishment of developing junior personnel into domain experts, and for growth of team members into mid-career and senior leadership roles in science, engineering, and technology.
Demonstrated experience managing risk landscapes spanning research projects (with few engineering requirements) and production projects performed under a complete set of engineering requirements.
Substantial experience implementing and using project management tools and techniques on a large, complex project.
Lean management, six-sigma, additive manufacturing, resource loaded scheduling, and basis of estimate.
Ability to obtain and maintain a Q Clearance.
Note to Applicants: This position is predominantly focused on project execution at LANL but will require limited (1 per quarter) domestic travel in support of technical interchanges with suppliers, mission partners, and customers.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
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
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)
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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
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Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Vacancy Name: IRC84297
Organization Name ISR-1/Space Science & Applications
Minimum Salary 162900
Maximum Salary 291400
Req ID: IRC84297