Academic Job 11

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Group Leader (R&D Manager 4), C-IIAC/Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Chemistry (C) Division Leader, the Group Leader (GL) for the Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry Group (C‐IIAC) will provide scientific, technical, and operational leadership of a group of approximately 45 FTEs plus ca. 25 postdocs, students and visiting scientists. Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry is home to a broad set of capabilities, delivering on R&D and products on missions requiring integration on of synthetic􀆟c, analytical, inorganic, and process chemistry. The group meets the needs of a diverse set of sponsors, with capabilities including radioisotope production and development, actinide molecular and environmental chemistry, novel materials, and chemical transformations and process development focusing on innovative technical solutions to problems in medicine, energy security, defense, global security, and the environment. The GL will provide leadership to the Group’s technical and programmatic activities, and effectively champion capabilities and personnel. The successful candidate will function as a key part of the division management team, sharing responsibility for the objectives and mission of the Chemistry Division, including planning scientific and programmatic directions, and ensuring sound management practices. S/he will develop the Group’s capabilities through effective planning, recruitment, and development of employees. The GL will oversee compliance in the areas of safety, security, environmental management, financial accountability, staffing and human resource issues, and facilities and operations.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of and proven record of successful technical accomplishment in one or more of the technical areas associated with the group (radioisotope production/processing, radio‐analytical chemistry, actinide chemistry, separations chemistry, synthetic inorganic or materials chemistry, chemical process development)
  • Record of technical leadership and management including technical decision‐making and goal setting, supervision and personnel management, development and mentoring of employees, commitment to diversity in the workplace and management of resources.
  • Demonstrated record of identifying and responding to new funding opportunities, program development, and assembling effective project teams across disciplinary and organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated record of promoting teamwork and collaboration, consensus building, working with personnel at all levels, mentoring, and motivating peers and subordinates.
  • Record of operational management or oversight of experimental activities (and effective track record of management of associated work hazards) in at least one of the group’s technical areas, plus demonstrated ability to develop operational oversight abilities in the other technical areas.
  • Record of effective written and oral communication skills as evidenced by internal and/or external interactions, seminars, briefings, presentations, and publications.
  • Advanced and demonstrated budget and financial management skills.
  • Record of interaction with other Laboratory organizations and/or program sponsors.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.


Desired Skills

  • Sufficient breadth of knowledge of the group’s activities to exercise effective operational oversight across the group’s entire technical portfolio.
  • Knowledge of DOE and other sponsor needs in actinide research, isotope production and applications, energy programs, or national security efforts relevant to the group’s capabilities.
  • Experience operating in research facilities with chemical and/or radiological hazards.
  • Demonstrated experience in quality management and quality assurance.
  • Familiarity with Laboratory policies, procedures, and systems in Human Resource management and Operational management (including safety and security).

Education: Minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. PhD in Chemistry or related field or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is preferred.

Notes to Applicants: Please include a CV with a publication list and a cover letter addressing your background as it fulfills the job requirements and desired skills.

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.

Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry(C‐IIAC) performs research and addresses mission needs related to the nation’s nuclear energy, renewable energy and medical imaging arenas.

Mission thrust areas within the group include actinide chemistry supporting new materials and separation processes, development of the production methods and applications of accelerator produced radioisotopes, and energy storage/production methods using chemical systems. Basic and applied research conducted within the group includes nuclear chemistry and physics, accelerator target physics, inorganic chemistry, catalysis and chemical transformations, and environmental chemistry in support of these programs. Current major sponsors include NNSA, DOE energy and Office of Science, other federal agencies, and LANL institutional support. Key collaborations exist with LANSCE, T, B, and MPA Divisions, with other groups within C Division, and with university, industrial and other national lab partners.

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.

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.

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 or call 1‐505‐665‐4444 option 1.

Minimum Salary $124,100

Maximum Salary $215,300

Appointment Type Regular