Materials Modeling and Simulation (MM&S) Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107271
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 3 (SEL.3) / Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4)
Date Posted: November 16 2020

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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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Materials Modeling and Simulation (MM&S) Group Leader. The Materials Modeling and Simulation Group’s mission involves a diverse portfolio of activities related to the response of materials, primarily metals under dynamic and extreme loading conditions including those producing material failure, phase transformations, or other complex changes to material state. The MM&S Group provides advanced engineering and technical support to meet current and emerging LLNL program needs and develops new Engineering capabilities and technologies. Areas of emphasis include development of science-based predictive models of material behavior and development of novel means of analyzing and utilizing data from focused experimental observations. As Group Leader, you will provide technical and administrative leadership for these efforts and will be expected to work closely with other groups within the Computational Engineering Division (CED) and Engineering to support the missions of the Laboratory. You will work closely with programmatic customers to ensure material modeling application needs are being satisfied. This position is in the Engineering Modeling and Simulation Section, within the Computational Engineering Division.
This position will be filled at either the SEL.3 or SEL.4 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Supervise, provide technical and administrative direction, guidance, support, mentoring, coaching, and promote teamwork for a team of 6+ members. Participate in performance reviews, ranking, and salary management processes.
- Recruit and hire new staff as needed to meet Section, Division, and programmatic staffing needs. Collaborate closely with programmatic personnel and external sponsors to ensure current and future technical and staffing needs are being addressed.
- Develop and lead new Engineering capabilities and technologies in one or more core areas of emphasis for the group.
- Provide technical leadership and administrative management to a diverse team of researchers ranging from post-docs to senior technical staff.
- Work with group members to develop research and development initiatives for external sponsorship as well as for internally supported LDRD.
- Attend Section and Division meetings, plan and conduct monthly Group meetings, and conduct institutional training sessions as required.
- Interface with other groups within CED to identify and promote collaborative efforts.
- Provide oversight and commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.
-Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition, at the SEL.4 Level
- Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
- Champion the development of cutting-edge capabilities for the area of science-based predictive modeling of material behavior.
- Formulate a long-term plan for research and development that will provide state-of-the-art materials modeling capabilities to further the mission of LLNL.
- Provide subject matter expertise in the area of materials behavior and numerical modeling across the Lab community.
- Ph.D. in engineering, related field or an equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
- Expert knowledge in one or more computational or experimental fields related to mechanics of materials or material science for engineering applications.
- Proven advanced ability to promote and lead technical projects.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
- Significant experience working in a team environment with multi-disciplinary personnel of all levels.
- Advanced interpersonal, listening, and negotiation skills.
In addition, at the SEL.4 Level
- Highly advanced experience in the leadership of technical projects, project planning, and execution.
- Highly advanced experience developing and implementing creative solutions to complex problems.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to lead a team, advise senior management, and to positively represent the Program and the Laboratory.
- Demonstrated experience in publishing in technical referred journals.
Desired Qualifications
- Expert knowledge in one or more fields related to materials, numerical modeling and code development, or mechanics of materials.
- Significant experience developing and executing technical initiatives and working with sponsors to define and implement programmatic requirements and milestones.
- Significant experience building, directing and leading a cohesive technical staff.
- Knowledge of Laboratory management and structure, including supervision, budget, policies and processes.
- Active Department of Energy (DOE) L or Q-level clearance or an active Secret or Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 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. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.