Director of the Forensic Science Center

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104858
Job Code: Technical Manager 1 (TSM.1)
Date Posted: February 04 2019

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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 Director of the Forensic Science Center (FSC). You will be responsible for the business development and execution of a portfolio of externally funded projects, primarily for the Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of the Center’s chemical, analytical and forensic scientific capabilities. You will interact broadly with staff and senior managers across the Laboratory, the scientific community, and sponsors, universities, industry and government agencies at the senior leadership level. This position is in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate and will report directly to the PLS Associate Director.
Essential Duties
- Lead the formulation and execution of science and technology strategies for the future of the FSC.
- Develop and manage forensic science and related programs pertinent to the FSC, in coordination with relevant programs and/or division leaders.
- Provide guidance in the formulation and execution of programmatic strategies in support of FSC and GS missions.
- Oversee the day-to-day execution of projects in the FSC and ensure that FSC programmatic commitments are delivered safely, on time, and on budget.
- Working with the appropriate LLNL staff and leadership, formulate, develop, and socialize new ideas leading to successful proposals to existing and new sponsors, including DHS, DoD, Law Enforcement, and other pertinent sponsors
- Develop and coordinate strategies for recruitment and retention of world-class scientists needed by the FSC in the nuclear, chemical, and biological sciences pertinent to FSC mission.
- Develop and implement plans that enhance FSC operational efficiencies and reduce costs in the scientific infrastructure by working with the appropriate LLNL operations managers and personnel in the directorates and programs.
- Formulate and implement strategies and mechanisms to ensure the high-level visibility of FSC science and scientists by the external scientific community (universities, national laboratories, and industry).
- Promote and coordinate organization of and participation by FSC scientists in major national and international conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Nuclear Science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Recognized technical expertise in one or more areas of WMD forensic and attribution science. 
- Extensive experience in operational forensic sciences applications to law enforcement and/or intelligence community.
- Extensive experience with relevant external sponsors and an understanding of the FSC sponsor base and interactions, and program development.
- Extensive leadership and team-building skills in multi-disciplinary science and technology and in preparing and reviewing proposals for scientific and technical excellence.
- Advanced level of technical management experience with demonstrated and proven success in the interface between use-inspired basic research and applied research.
- Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal and problem-solving skills necessary to effectively interact with senior management, customers/sponsors, and the scientific community on a variety of management level technical and highly complex issues.
- Experience in the multi-program, multidisciplinary R&D and Technology working environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working nationally important issues that involve National Laboratories, forensic laboratories, Federal Agencies and Industry at program and policy levels.
- Experience with deployment and field support activities.
- Experience with federal law enforcement operations and support.

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 $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.