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Earth & Environmental Sciences Division Leader

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Earth & Environmental Sciences Division Leader

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking a Division Leader for our Earth and Environmental Sciences Division. In this position, you will lead, mentor and steward a dedicated, diverse and multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 researchers and staff.


  • Provide scientific and technical leadership and management of the Division on all matters, including strategies for areas of growth and deemphasis
  • Ensure scientific and technical quality and impact, stewardship of key scientific capabilities, delivery on commitments and efficient integration of budget, talent, safety, security and compliance
  • Increase the national and international impact and recognition of LANL's earth and environmental R&D
  • Champion a team-oriented, forward-looking, innovative culture that is inclusive across all disciplines and talents in the division, as well as with collaborators outside of the organization and the Lab
  • Be a proactive member of the CELS leadership team in defining and supporting the Lab mission priorities and objectives through partnerships with LANL science and national security program leaders
  • Serve as the direct supervisor of the division's three Group Leaders and the Division Office staff including the Deputy Division Leader and the Staff Operations Manager with responsibility for their performance evaluation, salary and career development


  • PhD in physical science or technical discipline from an accredited institution
  • 15+ years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the position
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, inspire, fund and lead multidisciplinary R&D teams to identify and resolve complex and ambitious technical problems of significant impact at national and global scales
  • A record of successful scientific research and programmatic accomplishments in relevant research areas as evidenced by publications, citations, presentations, grants, or programmatic support and/or leadership of large technical projects
  • Management experience implementing, enforcing and providing clear guidance for institutional policies and government regulations affecting R&D activities, projects and/or initiatives
  • Demonstrated safety, security and compliance performance leading a multidisciplinary organization
  • Experience in effective decision-making and comfortable with measuring, defining and taking prudent risks to achieve aggressive technical goals

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Los Alamos National Laboratory research and program activities
  • Working knowledge of, or prior experience in the DOE/NNSA Laboratory environment
  • Successful experience and engagement with multiple programmatic sponsors and nationally recognized R&D organizations in earth and environmental sciences
  • Active Q clearance

We Are Delivering Scientific Excellence

Los Alamos National Laboratory is more than a place to work. It is a catalyst for discovery, innovation and achievement. It’s one of the reasons we attract world-class talent who contribute greatly to our outstanding culture. Professional development, work/life balance and a diverse and inclusive team foster lasting career satisfaction. Our onsite cafeterias and medical, fitness and breastfeeding facilities, education assistance and generous compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to providing our people with all they need for personal and professional growth. Northern New Mexico offers an abundance of wildlife, culture and adventures, including hiking trails and nearby ski resorts. Learn why Los Alamos has been rated #3 in the Best Counties to Live in the USA.


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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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