Deputy for Stockpile Design and Hydrodynamic Experiments

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107672
Job Code: Technical Manager 3 (TSM.3)
Date Posted: October 14 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 Deputy for Stockpile Design and Hydrodynamic Experiments (SDHE) to work with the WPD Program Director (PD) in all aspects of Program leadership and management in the Weapon and Physics Design (WPD) Program. You will work closely with the WPD Program Director to accomplish WPD and WCI programmatic deliverables and will be responsible for the Hydro & Subcritical Experiments and Stockpile Design & Modernization programs. You will interact with all levels of management both within LLNL and external to the Laboratory including DOE/NNSA, DoD, academic institutions, management at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and the NNSA Production Agencies (PAs). This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate reporting to the WPD Program Director.

Essential Duties

  • Manage and execute a roughly $120M portfolio related to stockpile assessment, design, certification, hydrodynamic and subcritical experiments and supporting activities.
  • Provide leadership, vision, strategic and tactical planning, significant management and programmatic oversight of the LLNL scope of the stockpile modernization programs.
  • Select and manage leadership and be accountable for the stockpile Annual Assessment contributions of WPD, the physics design contributions of WPD for the stockpile modernization programs to enable on time delivery of those programs, and the development of certification methodologies to improve our ability to design with confidence for future systems
  • Accountable for the design, execution, and the supporting activities of our hydrodynamic and subcritical experiments at multiple firing sites to include HEAF, S300, DARHT, NNSS.
  • Manage and communicate program objectives, accomplishments, and plans to WPD workforce.
  • Represent the WPD Program to WCI management at internal and external meetings, working groups, and on special assignments, including preparing and giving presentations. Represent the PD in his absence across a broad range of issues in a variety of environments.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal/external customers and sponsors.
  • Promote and maintain strong relationships and communication with NNSA, the DoD elements associated with nuclear weapons and other NNSA laboratories.
  • Develop and promote partnerships and collaborations across LLNL with divisions and other programs to ensure programmatic deliverables are met.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in physics or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience and expertise in the physics design and development of nuclear weapons, and knowledge of WCI and the LLNL weapons program.
  • Extensive leadership skills in a high-technology research and development environment and experience providing leadership in large-scale projects, supporting large-scale projects led by others, and the ability to safely and securely deliver results.
  • Expertise in strategic planning and organizational dynamics and extensive experience in decision-making based on aggregate information that significantly affect the ability of the organization and Laboratory to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national-security policy issues and experience with Laboratory and external contacts working these issues.
  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management and government officials.
  • Expert problem solving, analytical, technical, organizational, and management skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.


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.