Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Principal Scientist

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/3/2018 12:08 PM)
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  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in Physics or calculus-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field, plus at least 9 years' relevant experience.
    • PhD preferred. 
    • Experience developing novel diagnostics, performing data analysis, and drawing scientific conclusions in one or more of the following areas is essential:  high energy density (HED) / inertial confinement fusion (ICF), shock physics, radiography, pulsed power, or high explosives research. 
    • Desired skills and knowledge include X-ray and nuclear diagnostics, computerized data acquisition, test and measurement technology, and computer control instrumentation.
    • The candidate must have a strong background in the development, construction, use, and maintenance of complex laser systems.
    • Demonstrated capability in specific scientific modeling applications and use of advanced software tools (IDL, MATLAB, C or Fortran, etc.) desirable.
    • Must possess effective oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to write technical reports.
    • Must possess planning and organizational skills and initiative
    • Must be able to effectively deal with deadlines and multiple tasks, and demonstrate leadership qualities with emphasis on continuous improvement and team building.
    • Ability and initiative to collaborate with internal and external resources is also desirable. 
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license

    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 successful candidate will contribute to a team of scientists and engineers working to calibration/characterize diagnostics used in High Energy Density (HED) science experiments at facilities such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF). The candidate will operate and maintain multiple class IV laser systems used during this effort. In addition the candidate will be responsible for optical system design and layout to accommodate unique instrument requirements. The team works in multiple locations and the candidate will primarily support elements of a project that support NIF experiments. In addition to working with laser systems, the candidate will use the laser as a tool to characterize complex optical and x-ray imaging instruments. This requires the development of processes, the documenting of these processes, the handling of large amounts of data, and interacting with multiple customers. This job requires that the selected candidate will work to meet rigorous schedule commitments while teaming with a multi-disciplined group.  


    Key Responsibilities

    • Provide technical leadership in support of advanced experimental diagnostic projects including but not limited to system specification, research, design, development, fielding, and calibration while adhering to technical standards and processes as applicable.
    • Responsibilities may also include work at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
    • Significant contribution and team participation and leadership in the development and application of state-of-the-art experimental physics techniques in laboratory and field research is expected.
    • Design and execute experiments while working collaboratively with a team of national laboratory and Mission Support and Test Services (MSTS) scientists and engineers.
    • Analyze complex data collected from these experiments is required.
    • Contribute innovative research and development ideas and champion them through to application in accordance with strategic goals as outlined by MSTS programs.
    • Orally present data at professional conferences and write refereed-level journal articles. 
    • Participate in and foster a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction. 
    • Some travel is required.


    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.