Computational Geosciences Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  Internal DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 107797
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4)
Date Posted: November 19 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 Computational Geosciences Group Leader (GL) to provide technical, operational, and administrative leadership for a group of scientists and postdoctoral researchers supporting national security and energy programs, largely utilizing state-of-the-science modeling tools developed at LLNL to simulate the mechanical response of target geological and technological materials to natural and anthropogenic deformation over an extreme range of strain rates. You will act internally as a subject matter expert, participating in the development of cutting-edge research and be expected to take on programmatic leadership responsibilities, including as project manager or principal investigator of multidisciplinary research projects. You will report directly to the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division (AEED) Division Leader and be required to have programmatic funding to cover the majority of your time. This position is in the AEED Division within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.
Essential Duties
- Conduct and lead independent highly advanced computational geosciences research under programmatic funding, including application of existing expertise and continued development of relevant principles, theories, concepts and techniques.
- Serve as the subject matter expert in computational geomechanics, providing technical guidance, leadership, and supervision for scientists in the group.
- Collaborate with AEED and Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) and Global Securith (GS) Program managers to ensure that programmatic staffing needs are met and group members are considered for available programmatic assignments. Mentor and coach group members to assist in their professional growth and advancement and ensure that they perform well on their programmatic assignments.
- Develop and maintain a close interface with program managers and project leaders to ensure effective scientific support and teamwork.
- Develop new scientific programs and research proposals for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and external funding, while working under consultative direction.
- Serve as primary point of contact for communications between group members and Division and Directorate management.
- Represent Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) capabilities in computational and experimental geomechanics within LLNL and to the outside community as appropriate, including internal senior management and sponsor organizations, in collaboration with the WCI and GS Program leaders, and other group and project leaders with related expertise.
- Perform group leader tasks including generate postings for additional hires, interview and recommend candidates for hiring, resource balancing, coach and support group members administratively and technically regarding training and professional development, ensure mentoring of new employees. Participate in performance management activities, i.e., performance evaluations, peer group assessment and salary management processes for the division.
- Guide and provide strategic direction for research and technology development projects advancing geosciences and in particular, geomechanics including numerical and experimental applications, LDRD-funded activities and as a champion for the integration and implementation of new projects. Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ph.D. in science or engineering field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Substantial experience and subject matter expertise in an area of highly advanced computational geomechanics, such as model development and high-performance computing, reservoir stimulation, shock physics, deformation of granular materials, seismic source physics and/or fluid/particulate flow.
- Significant experience developing and sustaining research and development capabilities, while guiding and providing strategic direction for projects. Substantial experience in developing new scientific programs and research proposals for internal (e.g., LDRD, Institutional Scientific Capability Portfolio (ISCP)) and external funding.
 - Expert knowledge of LLNL's matrix organizational structure and its major programmatic and multidisciplinary elements, and experience achieving scientific excellence in a mission-oriented culture.
- Advanced leadership skills and experience supervising others in a technical environment.
-Significant experience working effectively in teams and with individuals with diverse backgrounds to achieve institutional and programmatic goals. Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Expert organizational, decision-making, managerial, and leadership skills.
- Expert written and verbal communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills, necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


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