Associate Program Leader for Nuclear Effects Research and Development

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Global Security
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 106308
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: November 07 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader to manage all aspects of LLNL’s newly formed Nuclear Effects Research & Development Portfolio in support of Assessment and Consequence Management (ACM).  You will be responsible for the execution of the overall mission of research and development associated with ACM, notably in support of the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC).  This position is in the Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program within the Global Security (GS) Directorate.
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
- Lead, manage and plan for the budget of the R&D Portfolio and affiliated projects relating to interactions with other ACM elements, including NARAC Operations and ACM software and information technology support.
- Interface directly with the LLNL management and external sponsors to ensure integration of broader synergistic and complementary laboratory capabilities.
- Develop and guide the execution of strategies that enhance the ability to address new opportunities in responding to national needs with appropriate skills and tools that can be applied within an operationally relevant timescale and meet security requirements.
- Administer and direct activities for staffing of R&D positions, and attract, retain, recruit, and select staff with technical expertise.
- Provide advanced technical guidance for elements of communication, project management, risk management, and technical rigor to ensure accountability and quality of products delivered by ACM.
- Plan and oversee highly complex research and development activities and ensure the creation, maintenance and enhancement of underlying core competencies while ensuring all assignments are performed safely in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Provide guidance and sponsor interaction on multimillion-dollar efforts associated with nuclear effects and emergencies.
- Develop, implement, maintain, and periodically revise an LLNL-wide ACM strategic plan that anticipates future staffing, resource, and technology needs to identify and pursue new mission needs consistent with the strategic plan.
- PhD in atmospheric sciences, geosciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, applied mathematics, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant practical experience with R&D needs for nuclear weapons and radiological effects and various technical and operations partners. 
- Experience growing programs and sponsoring relationships through interactions, persistent follow through, and delivery of quality products.
- Supervisory experience including ability to plan and guide advanced technical projects including budget analysis and setting timeline deliverables.
- Extensive experience and technical breadth to understand elements of ACM needs, including aspects of weapon effects (nuclear/conventional/chemical/biological), complex atmospheric hazard source terms, hazardous materials, and terrorist threats to national security. 
- Experience managing and leading multidisciplinary teams, mentoring, motivating and collaborating with other personnel in achieving project objectives and the organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills needed to motivate staff to deliver a complex high-quality product in a timely manner to a sponsor/end user.
- Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively and lead a team in a diverse research environment including facilitation and collaboration abilities necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Ability to develop and implement technical industry best practices and/or principles and techniques, new programs and/or operational best practices, and the demonstrated ability to partner effectively with other laboratories and outside organizations.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Experience working with the Department of Defense’s and the Department of Homeland Security’s science, technology and engineering community in either a military or civilian capacity, with experience technically assessing emerging defense-related science and technologies. 
- Advanced management experience in project/program planning, budgeting multifaceted projects, staffing, meeting milestones and deliverables, and resolving conflicts in scheduling, priorities and funding to successfully run and sustain a program.
- Extensive experience and demonstrated ability to apply, lead and/or develop principles, theories, concepts, and technologies related to incident response, radiation detection and diagnostics, energetic materials, materials science, and/or nuclear physics.
Desired Qualifications
- Advanced knowledge of the application and development of modeling and simulation tools for analysis of nuclear weapons and radiological effects, fluid mechanics, multiphase flow and transport, high fidelity weather or geophysics analysis.
- Experience with machine learning applications, parallel computing, and/or development of high-performance computing applications.
- Advanced knowledge of LLNL capabilities relevant to the ACM mission and ability to apply them in unique and/or high-stress emergency response environments.
- Ability to provide higher management and guidance on an additional multi-project portfolio in nuclear emergency preparedness and/or more direct interaction with NARAC efforts.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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 position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.