Mission Support and Test Services, LLC

  • Distinguished Scientist

    Posted Date 2 months ago(7/17/2019 1:54 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Location : City
    Los Alamos
    Location : State/Province (Full Name)
    New Mexico
  • Qualifications

    Due to the nature of our work, US Citizenship is required for all positions.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Physics or in a calculus-based Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) field, plus at least 20 years’ relevant experience in Stockpile Stewardship weapons physics research, experimental physics, and diagnostic development, testing and fielding.
    • Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics preferred.
    • Extensive expertise as an experimental nuclear physicist with a wide variety of skills including real hands-on experience developing and fielding diagnostic systems and analyzing physics data on weapons physics experiments as well as on fundamental science experiments.
    • Work requires 20+ years of practical experience developing and fielding diagnostic systems for a variety of physics experiments. Such as holography, UV holography, digital holography, high-resolution visible and multi frame stereo imaging, shadowgraph imaging, proton radiography, soft x-ray radiography, Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for material characterization. PDV velocimetry, broadband laser ranging (BLR), optical measurements for weapons science, x-ray and neutron diagnostics, radiation detection systems, radiation-to-light conversion materials, shock driven dynamic material experiments with HE and gas-guns, shock physics diagnostics, dynamic temperature diagnostics and reaction history.
    • Must have the expertise and ability to design, fabricate, and field diagnostic instrumentation on relevant weapons physics experiments.
    • Must have strong computer skills including experience with design and analysis programs, must have excellent communications skills both oral and written, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate critical thinking, good judgement, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, accountability for deliverables, and demonstrated project management skills.
    • Demonstrated the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
    • Must be willing and able to mentor early career scientists, post-docs and colleagues in weapons physics and related diagnostic instrumentation including early career scientists from the nuclear weapons design laboratories.
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities with emphasis on continuous improvement, team building, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Experience in planning and organizing team efforts.
    • Demonstrated skill to establish and maintain strong and effective customer relations, and to anticipate change and adjust promptly and effectively.
    • Must be people sensitive and possess the skills to promote an open and informal communications environment, and develop mutual trust and teamwork.
    • Pre-placement physical examination, which includes a drug screen, is required. MSTS maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.
    • Must have 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. 


    We have an opening for an established career Experimental Research Scientist to advise Nevada Nuclear Security Site (NNSS) leadership in identifying, promoting, and developing new scientific capabilities. Work responsibilities include working closely with scientists and engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the NNSS, to expand and develop unique and novel diagnostic systems that require a high level of weapons physics expertise.


    Key Responsibilities

    • Must be able to translate high-value programmatic needs into technological objectives and goals.
    • Must be innovative, use new technologies to define technical direction by conceiving, planning, and conducting research, and leading development efforts to a deliverable product.
    • Develop and validate advanced diagnostic concepts on weapons related physics experiments.
    • Apply advanced weapons physics knowledge and access to extensive contacts within the national laboratory community to work with the NNSS on guiding their development of critical and relevant state-of-the-art diagnostic systems fielded on a variety of physics experiments.
    • Provides technical leadership to the Stockpile Stewardship Organization, NNSS Program Managers, and Project Managers in the development of new science initiatives.
    • Uses a mastery of subject matter expertise to develop multi-disciplinary solutions for state-of- the-art problems.
    • Mentors young scientists and engineers, and other early career colleagues in the development of diagnostic systems and in the science of weapons physics.
    • Serves as a leading expert empowered to guide technical decision-making and direction at an institutional level.
    • Serves as a role model for effective and creative technical leadership within the company.
    • Provides nuclear physics expertise on large-scale projects to solve programmatic initiatives.
    • Conducts hands on experimental research, collects data, establishes facts, and draws valid conclusions in order to recommend and implement viable solutions.
    • Conducts and analyzes physics experiments, and prepares reports and oral presentations, including peer reviewed journal publications as appropriate.
    • Authors reports and/or publications and research proposals of major importance with considerable impact within the scientific and engineering community.
    • Provides technical peer review on a variety of NNSS publications, proposals, and other documents as needed for mission development. Works independently as well as in a team environment.
    • Promptly correct or report any hazard or potential hazard to supervision. Understand the principles associated with the MSTS safety concept
    • Participate in and embrace MSTS environment, safety, health, and quality initiatives.


    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.