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Deputy Group Leader, Geophysics

Los Alamos Nat Lab
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Salary Range: $135,800 to $199,000
Closing date
Sep 18, 2021

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Solid Earth Geophysics
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Mid Career
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Deputy Group Leader

Geophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory

What You Will Do

Come and join the brightest minds at the most innovative R&D facility supporting our national security! The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an opening for a Deputy Group Leader (DGL) within the Geophysics (EES-17) Group. The DGL will work with the Group Leader of EES-17 and will be responsible for supporting the scientific leadership and management as well as operation and administration of EES-17. The EES-17 DGL is funded 50% for management activities and 50% for scientific and programmatic work.

In their management role, the DGL will work closely with the Group Leader to advance the strategic and tactical planning of scientific programs, administer budgets and performance standards, manage facilities and operations, direct investments in program development, and work closely with staff to ensure proper mentoring, training, and career development. Forecasting staffing requirements, recruiting and retention of staff, directing assignments, and monitoring performance are key activities of the Group Management.

Fifty percent of the candidate’s time will be funded by joining existing technical projects and/or developing new projects relevant to EES-17 where the candidate will play a technical or project leadership role. The successful candidate will also function as a key part of the EES Division Leadership Team, sharing responsibility for the objectives and mission of the Division, including cross-organizational collaboration and strategic planning, sound management practices, and operational excellence.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Achievement in a technical area relevant to the group and strong communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, reports, briefings, and/or presentations. 
  • Record of identifying and responding to funding opportunities and program development.
  • Experience in management, supervision, and development of staff.  Examples may include some of the following: promoting teamwork, building consensus among teams, mentoring staff, motivating peers and subordinates, managing performance, and resolving conflicts
  • Ability to obtain a Q Clearance, which usually requires US citizenship. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Education/Experience: Minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering field, or related field and five years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position. Ph.D. in Science, Engineering, or related field is strongly preferred.

Desired Skills:

We are interested in learning about experiences applicants may have in some of the following areas:

  • Project management with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Engagement with sponsoring organizations (DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, Other Government Agencies, Industry, etc.).
  • Knowledge of LANL or other poli0cies in integrated work management, safety, security, quality, environment, finance, and human resources.
  • Operating in research facilities where classified materials are handled regularly.

Salary Range: $135,800 to $199,000

How to Apply or

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

For additional information, contact David Coblentz @

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.

The Geophysics group, EES-17, comprises approximately 40 scientists and technologists, 10 summer and full-time students, and 10 postdocs. The Group is organized into three teams (Signals & Signatures, Seismo-Acoustics, and Modeling & Simulation). These teams combine basic and applied research to develop novel and integrated approaches in support of LANL missions in National Security and Energy Security. The Group has an annual operating budget of about $30M. Our work includes ground-based nuclear detonation detection using seismic and atmospheric infrasound signals; field instrumentation deployments; experiments to understand the physics of explosive sources; rock fracture and damage simulation capability using continuum and discrete approaches; studies of earth dynamics (including modeling and evaluation of the tectonic state of stress and earthquake prediction); containment support for subcritical weapons experiments; support for US participation in international nuclear weapons treaties (CTBT); support to the intelligence community; active and passive subsurface seismic imaging; and linear and nonlinear acoustic imaging of solid materials for characterization and damage assessment. Our sponsors include Department of Energy (DOE) (e.g., National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and Fossil Energy), Intelligence Agencies, Department of State (DoS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Industry. A broad understanding of quantitative Earth Science and the tools and techniques used across a wide spectrum of geophysics are integral components to work in EES-17. Staff scientists in EES-17 work closely with other earth science specialists within the EES division along with other science disciplines across the laboratory such as space physics, chemistry, weapons physics, computer sciences, and Statistics.

The following comprehensive benefits and financial plans are offered for you and your eligible family members:

  • 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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