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Job Announcement at the Los Alamos National Laboratory


Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Division Leader 

Job Description
The Threat Identification and Response Directorate (ADTIR) provides end-to-end systems analysis, development, fabrication, deployment and response in support of critical national security and intelligence challenges, including nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism, state proliferation, and biological nonproliferation. Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division (NEN) is one of four divisions within ADTIR. NEN includes about 250 staff, including students and contractors, and executes budget of approximately $150M.

Detailed Description
Reporting to the Associate Director for Threat Identification & Response (ADTIR), the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division Leader (DL) is responsible for high-level technical and operations excellence in support of the organization’s mission to prevent the spread of materials, technology and expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), develop technologies to detect and deter the proliferation of WMD, conduct research and development in support of diagnosing and effectively responding to WMDs and proliferation of weapons technology, and conducting research and development that supports the Nation’s energy security. Core capabilities within the division include: nuclear engineering, nuclear instruments and systems, nonproliferation science, international safeguards, international field deployments, radiological threat reduction, and nuclear emergency response. NEN includes five groups, one of which is permanently located at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center in Nevada.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
– Formulating the strategic direction to align NEN Division’s capabilities with the Laboratory’s mission and capability-based organizational model.
– Working closely with the ADTIR management team to define and achieve common goals to eliminate global threats.
– Establishing and maintaining long-term “trusted advisor” relationships with customers and translating customer requirements back to the broader Laboratory community.
– Managing resources to meet future needs of the division including science and engineering capabilities, mission applications, and long-range budget preparation and justification.
– Creating an intellectual environment that promotes scientific excellence and that attracts and retains the highest caliber scientific staff.
– Ensuring all applicable safety, security, and administrative policies and procedures are appropriately implemented.
Desired Skills & Experience

Minimum Job Requirements:
– Successful experience leading a relevant technical organization at the group, division, or program level in executing complex technical programs, setting objectives, and meeting milestones.
– Demonstrated successful experience in strategic planning, resource planning and allocation, and program execution.
– Technical knowledge of, and experience in, one or more of NEN Division’s core capabilities and programmatic areas as listed in the position overview above.
– Successful experience in conducting or managing nuclear operations within a Hazard Category II facility.
– Demonstrated ability to build and grow both internal and external organizational relationships, including partnering with major R&D and operational organizations.
– Successful experience in program development with the DOE or other federal agencies.
– Experience in workforce planning that has included recruitment, retention, and mentoring outstanding research staff.
– Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
– Demonstrated ability to lead an organization through changes in direction, focus, funding or structure.
– Record of successful collaboration with Laboratory organizations in PADSTE and PADWP.
– Demonstrated experience in effective decision-making and creative problem solving.
– Record of commitment to sound business and operational practices and promoting objectives in such areas as human performance improvement, safety, quality, security, environment, health, diversity, etc.
– Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of science or engineering.

Desired Skills:
– Successful experience in conducting or managing criticality operations, including in-depth knowledge of applicable regulatory requirements for a Hazard Category II facility.
– Working knowledge of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex and/or U.S. programs associated with NNSA Non-Proliferation programs, and Global Threat Reduction Programs.
– Change of Station (COS) or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) experience.
– Active Q/SCI clearance.
– Advanced degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant field of science or engineering.

Additional Details:
– This position requires a Q clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship except in very limited circumstances.

Company Description
Located near Santa Fe, 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 and is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Additional Information
Posted: July 11, 2013
Type: Full-time
Experience: Director
Compensation: $146,000 – $260,000

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