Chief Network Security Architect (Solutions Architect 4)

Full Time
Los Alamos, NM
Areas of Interest: Network Services, Systems Security Architecture
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The Network and Infrastructure Engineering (NIE) Division provides the technical communication and workplace infrastructure and services for the "desktop to teraflops" cyber workplace for the Laboratory as an institution. Within NIE, the Engineering and Security Services group designs the Laboratory’s classified and unclassified local area and core networks and manages the network security and compliance services.

The selected candidate will be the Chief Network Security Architect for NIE and a member of the Engineering and Security Services Group. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Plan, research, and design robust security architecture for the LANL IT enterprise.
  • Build and oversee the implementation of network and computer security infrastructure.
  • Perform security assessments in collaboration with other security leaders.
  • Research security standards, security systems, and authentication protocols.
  • Plan for the future of the network and computer security infrastructure to meet the needs of a dynamic IT environment.
  • Evaluate new tools and techniques and propose innovative solutions to cyber security issues.
  • Lead diverse sets of technical individuals from various teams on laboratory scope initiatives.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Broad knowledge of and experience in the cyber security environment, including network and host system security issues and concepts, perimeter security controls, incident response, and cyber security operations.

  • Background in systems engineering, security engineering, architecting, and enterprise integration.

  • Knowledge of existing standards, frameworks, models, and methods for security architectures.

  • Knowledge of existing strategies, policies, laws, and regulations related to cyber security.

  • Understanding of existing and emerging technical and nontechnical cyber security standards.

  • Knowledge of

  • Risk assessment procedures, security policy formation, and compliance issues;

  • Security standards such as NIST SP 800-53, ISO 27001, ITIL, and COBIT

  • Expert knowledge and demonstrated application of advanced network security technologies and how to architect complex solutions.

  • Exposure to business planning, systems analysis, and application development.

  • Ability to collaborate well in a dynamic team environment.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the security and privacy aspects of cloud computing solutions.

  • Knowledge of emerging cyber security technologies.

  • Knowledge of messaging, service, and event-based infrastructures.

  • Experience modeling data, message, and service interoperability.

  • Understanding of technical, operational, and management issues related to design, development, and deployment of complex and distributed systems.

  • Understanding of interrelationships between critical infrastructure protection and cyber security.

  • Experience in or exposure to threat modeling.


A minimum of 15 to 20+ years of relevant IT experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Postgraduate coursework is expected.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

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 regards 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.

Where You Will Work

Located in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico near Santa Fe, 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, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Our employees are our greatest asset, which is why we provide a comprehensive benefits package that offers health coverage for you and your eligible family members today and retirement plans for a brighter tomorrow. A healthy workforce is paramount to a successful organization. We offer an incentivized wellness plan and preventive care to encourage and reward good basic health choices. Also, for your financial wellness, we provide a tax-deferred 401(k) retirement plan, with a company match and service based contribution.

Maximum Salary: 192900
Minimum Salary: 114500
Location: Los Alamos, NM, US
Contact Name: Joy, Jeffrey Lee (Jeff)
Organization Name: NIE-ESS/ Engineering & Security Services
Job Title: Chief Network Security Architect (Solutions Architect 4)
Appointment Type: Regular
Req ID: IRC52031

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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.

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