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Deputy Director, Energetic Materials Center

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103452
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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 Deputy Director of the Energetic Materials Center (EMC) to work with the EMC Director in providing leadership for maintaining and building LLNL’s involvement in energetic materials by facilitating the execution of LLNL programs involving energetic materials. You will nurture NNSA’s High Explosives Research & Development Center of Excellence; provide guidance to LLNL programs that tap into the LLNL Energetic Materials (EM) Enterprise; build/strengthen connections and collaborations among LLNL EM projects and programs; and develop new program areas, leading to improved efficiency and execution through exploitation of synergies, use of synergies to open new areas to the EM Enterprise, identification of areas of future growth in EM programs and pursuit of these with the LLNL EM Enterprise, along with identification and resolution of unrecognized and unneeded redundancies. This position requires the candidate to fund the majority of his or her own time through programmatic and other direct funding sources and is in the Materials Science Division.
Essential Duties
- Serve as principal representative for LLNL and EMC interests in infrastructure, including new facilities.
- Provide scientific leadership in EM science and technology (S&T) to LLNL and other EM programs.
- Advance EMC capabilities, relevancy and vision, in collaboration with the EMC Director, program leaders, SMEs and stakeholders and ensure their programs are properly represented within the EMC.
- Represent LLNL and EMC interests with NNSA, DoD, and other customers in support of customer initiatives.
- Partner with the EMC director to align and strengthen EMC capabilities to ensure strong support of programs and deliverables and collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure an adequate workforce, a strong safety program, and necessary infrastructure, while performing strategic planning for the EM Enterprise at LLNL.
- Serve as the primary interface with PLS division and directorate management for EMC S&T and infrastructure capability investment strategies.
- Develop strategic growth opportunities in the EMC research and development portfolio.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a closely related field or the equivalent combination of education or related experience.
- Internationally recognized expertise in high explosives science, technology and engineering applications.
- Extensive experience leading large and multidisciplinary teams and managing multi-year projects.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, advocate, and advise senior management both internal and external to the laboratory.
- Expert knowledge in developing, sustaining and growing R&D and programmatic projects.
- Extensive experience with requirements, capabilities and challenges associated with LLNL energetic material enterprise.
- Familiarity with EMC capabilities of other NNSA laboratories and plants, and DoD laboratories.
- In-depth knowledge of one or more key EMC customers: including NNSA (DSW, Campaigns, LEP, RTBF), DoD, DHS, or TSA.

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.