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Defense Systems Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Office of the Director
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 106743
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: February 07 2020

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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 Defense Systems Analyst to support our partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to provide technical solutions in support of national security and strategic deterrence. As an integral member of the Systems Analysis Group, you will draw on your technical expertise to support the DoD and LLNL, by assessing national security problems and formulating options in support of strategic deterrence initiatives, through the analysis of multi-domain (conventional, cyber, space, nuclear) deterrence alternatives to counter rapidly evolving threats. This position is in the Systems Analysis Group within the Office of Defense Coordination (ODC) in the Director’s Office.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Collect, evaluate, and technically assess multiple-source information related to sensitive, politically significant national security topics and maintain keen awareness of current events and key developments relevant to non-strategic and strategic conventional and nuclear weapons, platforms, and emerging technologies.
- Integrate information from multiple sources, preparing finished analyses into written technical assessments; make formal verbal and written presentations to U.S. Government sponsors, other policy makers, and other customers.
- Organize and participate in outreach and provide technical support for DoD partners, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, Military Departments, and Defense support agencies on activities to strengthen their knowledge in multi-domain deterrence, planning, and operations, e.g., using table-top exercises and multi-domain conflict simulations (war games).
- Represent ODC as a technical contact on projects in one or more assigned areas within the multi-domain strategic deterrence framework.
- Maintain required security in a classified environment for information that is under the analyst’s direct control.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Exert influence on technical objectives related to pressing deterrence issues in the area of multi-domain deterrence with complex technical and policy components.
- Define and develop a focused advanced research program in an assigned area that addresses critical policy questions on multi-domain deterrence, including future nuclear deterrence options.

- Master’s degree or equivalent physical science, engineering, political science, international relations, or other relevant discipline or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience analyzing the technical aspects of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including nuclear weapons, and its context in strategic deterrence.
- Experience conducting research in a field relevant to open source information analysis with an emphasis on emerging technological threats and opportunities.
- Experience producing finished analytic work based on all available sources of information and under minimal direction.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to prepare comprehensive written analyses and make formal presentations that capture complex research results.
- Demonstrated project management abilities.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience conducting research and analysis on nuclear weapons and other WMD, nuclear nonproliferation, or nuclear deterrence.
- Advanced national security knowledge as it relates to the threat, or use, of nuclear weapons and other WMD.
- Experience in the collection and analysis of information on foreign nuclear programs.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working closely with relevant components of the DoD.
- Experience working at or with NNSA, the Department of State, or other U.S. Government agencies.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: 

Q and ability to obtain and maintain SCI access. Your current active Q clearance does not guarantee SCI access approval. SCI access denials may subject employees to reinvestigation of one’s existing Q clearance. (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 information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.  Position may be matrixed to ODC.

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.