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DevOps Scientific Software Developer (Scientist 1/ 2)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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What You Will Do

Are you looking for a career that is intellectually challenging and imbued with purpose? If the answer is "yes" we encourage you to learn more about our opening for a Scientist position in The Weapons Research Services, Secure Networks and Applications (WRS-SNA) group. WRS-SNA is looking for Developers for our Development Operations team. In this role you will work as part of a team to support development projects with software development tools and processes within the Weapons Physics Directorate (ADX) and Weapons Engineering and Experiments Directorate (ADW).

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 1/Scientist 2 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 1 ($90,000-$147,000)
  • After initial onboarding and training, contributions to developmental tasks within the Development Operations Team entails one or more of the following job activities:
  • Researching, analyzing, developing, implementing, and testing solutions and infrastructure which allow organizations within the weapons directorate to carry out the weapons mission at LANL.
  • Evaluate and implement solutions within scientific software engineering teams within the area of weapons physics research.
  • Evaluate and implement solutions and infrastructure within operational technology tools to allow weapons programs related to weapons physics and production to effectively manage their workflows and internal processes.
  • Efficiently leverage modern professional software development practices.
  • Installing and configuring software tools in support of weapons programs across the LANL weapons directorate.
  • Working with the WRS-SNA Network Security team to ensure established frameworks and solutions comply with required security controls.
Scientist 2 ($99,200-$164,100)

In addition to what was outlined above at the Scientist 1 level, one or more of the following job duties are consistent with the higher scientist level:
  • Collaborate with project leadership and team leadership to propose and lead in the design of innovative project solutions related to software development, infrastructure improvements, internal WRS-SNA processes, and processes within the Weapons Physics Directorate.
  • Work independently on projects that require physics simulation experience which would require close collaboration with subject matter experts in this area.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge

For this role, you will need knowledge and experience in Linux, DevOps development tools, CICD pipeline and job engineering, containerization, experience working with imperative and object-oriented programming languages which include troubleshooting and working with software compilers and linked libraries, as well as experience working with interpreted programming languages.

Technical Development

You will also need experience establishing and supporting solutions to support software development projects. This includes supporting software development infrastructure for multiple development teams. You must have experience establishing and managing code repositories for production development efforts as well as CICD based workflows.

Tools / Technologies

You will need experience working with development tools and technologies, including:
  • Spack package management or a working knowledge of similar package management solutions
  • CMake or other automated building and packaging experience
  • Atlassian (Confluence, Jira)
  • Gitlab CICD (Jenkins CICD is optional)
  • Common Linux/Unix utilities
  • Docker/Podman or the CharlieCloud container engine
  • C, C++
  • Bash
  • Python
  • QT


To succeed in this role you must have the ability to work independently and in a team environment to analyze problems, propose solutions to management, and deploy and document implemented solutions.

Scientific Software Development

To succeed in this role you will need the following:
  • General understanding of physics oriented scientific software related projects
  • Understanding on how these types of projects can be integrated into CICD pipelines/jobs for automated testing and deployment on compute level and HPC level resources.
  • Understanding into how these types of projects can be integrated into various user interfaces solutions in the following forms:
  • UI/UX solutions
  • Command line utilities
  • Web hosted solutions

Computing Environments

You must have knowledge about working in classified and unclassified computing environments.


You will need a working knowledge of key Linux/Unix user related tasks including:
  • Command line navigation
  • Command line file finding, editing, copying, deleting, moving
  • Command line building and compilation
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 2:
  • Intermediate Technical Administration:
At this level some experience in the following is preferred:
  • Gitlab project and repo administration/configuration.
Intermediate Technical Contributions:
  • At this level any experience and software contributions related to the below topics are preferred:
  • CICD testing of physics based applications
  • Testing and development experience in a High performance computing environment.
  • Development within containerized applications and deployment of those containerized applications.

Education/Experience at lower level Scientist 1: Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and 2 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level Scientist 2: Positions requires a Bachelor' degree in a STEM field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

Physics and or Mathematics (Education or advanced research in these fields)
  • Physics simulation and post processing visualization solutions (ParaView)
  • Parallel and distributed programming (MPI, NVIDIA CUDA, OpenCL)
  • Fortran

It would be preferred if you had:
  • An active DOE "Q" Clearance
  • An active DOE "SCI" Clearance

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management. A hybrid telework option is available as part of the DevOps team.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

Along with a resume, applicants are required to submit a detailed cover letter addressing how they meet the required skills for this position, and if applicable address the desired skills.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
Equal Opportunity: 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.Employment StatusFull TimeAppointment TypeRegularRegular

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