Space Science Institute Director

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  Internal DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 107634
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: October 13 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 Director in the Space Science Institute. In this new Institute, you will foster an externally oriented posture, build both internal and external communities, bridge space science and space security at LLNL and develop a pipeline of LLNL-led space science projects and missions building on the Laboratory’s strengths in astrophysics, nuclear science and engineering, cosmochemistry, and data science. You will provide leadership and promote collaborations between the academic community, space science agencies and the Laboratory in the pursuit of creative and innovative research at the forefront of science and technology. This position will be funded at the 50% effort level. This position is in the Physical and Life Sciences 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
- Provide technical leadership and direction in the development and implementation of national and international academic collaborations in space science and technology.
- Cultivate and maintain technical relationships with partners across academia, national labs, government agencies and industry to nurture and grow space science and technology.
- Develop and implement a strategy to attract a new generation of scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the cutting-edge of space research.
- Formulate a fundamental space research and technology research strategy consistent with sponsors’ and stakeholders’ needs and investment areas.
- Promote and coordinate efforts and planning across LLNL directorates to use resources optimally and maximize technical impact.
- Develop internal and external communication strategies for the new institute.
- Act as a resource for the space science institute’s scientists, students, visitors, and collaborators.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Influence strategic technical decisions to anticipate the needs of external funding agencies and external customers.
- Provide expert guidance, scientific and technical direction in space research through development and application projects, including LDRD and internally/externally funded activities.

- PhD in Physics or Engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Established scientific contributions and external recognition as a Subject Matter Expert in space science.
- Significant experience in developing research proposals and scientific programs.
- Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills necessary to direct an institute and lead cooperative strategic planning.
- Significant experience interacting with management, external collaborators, and sponsors.
- Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex teams to work toward institutional goals.
In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Nationally recognized authority in space science, condensed matter physics, dynamics of materials, or other relevant area.
- Extensive experience and expert ability to apply, lead, and develop state of the art techniques to address research challenges in space science and/or condensed matter physics.
-Extensive experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects to a diverse group of scientists, using proven expert-level communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
Desired Qualifications
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of Laboratory space science and security programs.
- Experience with the DOE Office of Science and NASA research programs.
- Working knowledge and understanding of applicable DOE procedures and policies.


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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


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 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.