Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Senior Principal Scientist

    Posted Date 7 months ago(10/25/2018 2:21 PM)
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  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a calculus-based (STEM) field, plus at least 14 years' relevant experience.  Skill building experience must demonstrate either deeper technical specialization or additional cross-disciplinary knowledge.  Graduate research experience may be recognized.
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
    • Membership in professional organizations may be required, depending on position requirement.
    • Department of Energy Q Clearance (position will be cleared to this level). Reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR Part 707.4, “Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at DOE Sites,” will be conducted.  Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation, and subsequent reinvestigations, and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified matter. Successful completion of a counterintelligence evaluation, which may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, may also be required. Reference 10 CFR Part 709, “Counterintelligence Evaluation Program. Eligibility Requirements – To obtain a clearance, an individual must be a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age. Reference DOE Order 472.2, “Personnel Security.”

    MSTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. MSTS is a background screening, drug-free workplace.



    The selected candidate will be responsible for managing the High Energy Density Experiments (HEDE) Project as part of a portfolio of projects that support the nation’s Stockpile Stewardship Program. The goal of this project is to advance the understanding of weapon science in areas involving radiation and particle flow (optical, X-ray, gamma ray, and neutrons).


    Key Responsibilities

    • Understand and focus on diagnostic and instrumentation systems development, their characterization/calibration, and their deployment/operation through the entire Technology Readiness Level life cycle on experiments at various platforms at the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
    • Coordinate effective operation of sophisticated calibration laboratories at Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS) Livermore Operations (LO) in Livermore, CA.  The project is geographically distributed across sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York on such facilities as the National Ignition Facility (NIF), Z Pulse Power Machine, the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light-Source (SSLR) and the Omega Laser Facility at the University of Rochester.
    • Develop project management documents and technical work strategies for radiation and neutron-related instrumentation systems in the Test & Experimentation (T&E) division of the Mission Execution directorate.
    • Coordinate work plans, resources, equipment, and materials; developing hierarchical, logic-linked project schedules and budgets; monitoring performance against approved baselines; and generating project safety, work control, and configuration management documents.
    • Interact with customers at various levels from technical staff to executives.
    • Understand and execute the Earned Value Management System (EVMS) approach to project management.
    • Contribute to technical innovation that solves customer problems.
    • Occasional travel is required to support customer meetings, technical conferences, and deployment of new diagnostic systems.
    • Accept individual responsibility and accountability for Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) processes within personal control, personal safety, and the safety of co-workers.  Comply with established ESH&Q regulations and procedures and perform duties in a way that will not cause personal danger, endanger other individuals, or violate environmental regulations.  Promptly correct or report any hazard or potential hazard to supervision.


    If you’re looking for an interesting, fulfilling career, you’ve come to the right place!


    At Mission Support and Test Services, LLC (MSTS), we’re a dynamic team of employees who manage and operate the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. A premier outdoor, indoor and underground national laboratory for unique, high-level experiments, the NNSS has offices across the country, including Southern Nevada; Santa Barbara and Livermore, California; Washington, D.C.; and Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico. We’re dedicated to working together as a team to keep our nation safe. Join us!


    MSTS is a limited liability company consisting of Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell), Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Jacobs), and HII Nuclear Inc.