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Deputy Director for Operations, Forensic Science Center

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103811
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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 Forensic Science Center (FSC) Deputy Director for Operations. You will work closely with members of the FSC management team to lead all FSC safety, security and facilities operations. You will be responsible for the management of critical FSC infrastructure, training and quality assurance programs and functions. You will contribute to the development of budgets and investments for the FSC and manage multiple indirect budget lines as well as direct funding across multiple areas. This position requires the candidate to fund the majority of his or her time through programmatic and other direct funding sources and will be in the FSC.

Essential Duties

- Work with the appropriate LLNL institutions and programs to ensure the efficacy of existing FSC experimental infrastructure and support facilities. Serve as the FSC liaison to Global Security to ensure continuity of FSC operations during routine and off-normal facility maintenance.

- Advance FSC business and technical interests representing the FSC to organizations inside and outside LLNL. Work with FSC management to develop strategic planning for FSC operations requirements in order to align and strengthen FSC activities to support program missions and deliverables.

- Serve as the operations interface with other key LLNL technical/experimental capabilities (e.g. Select Agent Center, Animal Facility, CAMS); interface with LLNL medical to ensure FSC staff is appropriately surveilled and trained.

- Lead the development of future FSC infrastructure projects related to core experimental, certification/qualification and information technology capabilities. Establish and monitor current and future FSC facility and infrastructure requirements.

- Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H and QC regulations, good business practices, diversity and equal opportunity.

- Manage chemical agent worker training program; keep training program current and relevant; ensuring workers are sufficiently vetted before completion of program.

- Serve as the custodian for the FSC DEA controlled substances inventory as well as other sensitive, critical and accountable chemical inventories within the FSC.

- Mentor and coach scientific and technical staff across the FSC to assist in their professional growth and career development.

- Perform other duties as assigned.


 - Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a closely related field or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience and demonstrated ability to lead independent work. 

- Expert knowledge of and experience in analytical chemistry methodologies and their applications.

- Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of complex technical problems, leading corrective actions where necessary to provide operations oversight of critical experimental facilities and capabilities.

- Extensive experience and understanding of federal laws and international treaty requirements related to chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. Extensive experience working with technical elements of the intelligence, defense and law enforcement communities.

- In-depth knowledge of one or more key FSC customers, including other government agencies.

- Extensive experience and understanding of quality assurance and critical materials oversight programs including but not limited to:  ISO 17025, US Army RDT&E Bailment, and DEA analytical licensing and requirements.

- Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor, develop, lead and manage a multi-disciplinary project team of engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.

- Advanced communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, advocate, and advise senior management or sponsors both internal and external to the Laboratory.

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 the 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.