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Group Leader - Material Dynamics and Kinetics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103394
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Group Leader to provide scientific and administrative leadership to a team of scientific staff, postdocs, students and interns.  You will work with the Materials Science Division and the Directorate leadership to coordinate group staffing and recruiting, research directions, and resources to carry out fundamental and applied research in areas at the frontier of discovery, design, synthesis and dynamic performance of new heterogeneous materials.  You must have funding to cover the majority of your own time through programmatic and other direct funding sources; this position is in the Materials Science Division (MSD).
This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide leadership and technical guidance, including scientific and programmatic direction, to a diverse group of scientists.
- Develop a robust and sustainable program focusing on the connection of material composition and structure to performance; develop capabilities at the intersection of kinetics, transport and interfacial dynamics of nano and mesoscale systems through the use of both theoretical and experimental techniques.
- Provide leadership through strategic planning, effective hiring, staff mentoring, performance management, and effective delivery on projects deliverables.
- Develop and maintain a close interaction with WCI, GS, NIF & Photon Science program managers and other sponsors to ensure effective scientific support and teamwork to support the growth of the lab’s material science and condensed matter physics capability.
- Develop and obtain funding to support new scientific programs and research proposals.
- Foster interactions that advance strategic goals with colleagues and institutions in both domestic and international science communities, such as academia, industry and government institutions.
- Serve as the primary point of contact for communications between group members and senior management.
- Mentor technical staff to promote professional development and conduct staff and performance management activities in collaboration with MSD Management, including succession planning.
 - Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Guide and provide scientific and technical direction in the laser material science and optics areas through development and application projects including LDRD and internally/externally funded activities.
- PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience and subject matter expertise in research and development related to material science, condensed matter physics, and platforms for material testing in static and dynamic environments for national security applications.
- Expert leadership skills and experience supervising others in a technical environment.
- Expert written and verbal communication skills, specifically the ability to explain and present highly complex ideas, as well as to influence employees and all levels of management.
- Significant experience in developing and successful management of new scientific programs and research proposals for LDRD and external funding.
- Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work towards programmatic and institutional goals.
- Significant experience working effectively as part of a management team on behalf of the division, directorate, and Laboratory.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Nationally recognized expert in material science, condensed matter physics, dynamics of materials, or other relevant focus area.
- Extensive experience and expert ability to apply, lead, and develop cutting-edge techniques to address research challenges in materials science and/or condensed matter physics.
- Extensive experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects to a diverse group of scientists, using demonstrated expert level communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
Desired Qualifications
- In-depth knowledge of more than one relevant program sponsor.
- Familiarity with MSD personnel and projects and with WCI and/or NIF&PS personnel and projects.
- Experience with multi-disciplinary program building and proposal writing, including developing collaborative efforts involving theory, simulation, and experiment.

Security Clearance:  This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire. 


Note:  This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment.  Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position.  If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.