Explosive Experiment Fielding Supervisor

Location:  Tracy, CA
Category:  Technical Services & Ops
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107818
Job Code: Technical Services & Ops TSL 3 (TSL.3)
Date Posted: November 20 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 an Explosive Experiment Fielding Supervisor in the Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Program. As the Explosive Experiment Fielding Supervisor, you will lead and be responsible for a wide range of functions associated with the planning and execution of hydrodynamic experiments. These experiments are primarily conducted within LLNL’s S300 Firing areas, but also at off-site facilities such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Nevada National Security Site, and others. You will be responsible for leading and interacting with a team of approximately twenty engineers, technicians, and experimentalists. In addition, you will provide oversight and technical leadership to safely and securely execute explosives experiments in support of WPD, Global Security, and other programs. You will have extensive collaboration with the Hydrodynamic Testing (HT) Program Working Group Lead (PWGL), Explosives Research Experiment Leads, Design Physicists, Facility Managers, and a variety of institutional support service personnel. This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate reporting to the to the Program Working Group Leader (PWGL) for Hydrodynamic Testing.

Essential Duties

  • Provide advanced technical leadership and oversight to successfully field explosive experiments at the S300 Bunkers and other locations.Oversee and mentor the Explosive Experiment Fielding Leads.
  • Lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team in the day-to-day activities of explosive experiment programmatic operations, ensuring safe, secure, effective, and efficient operations.
  • Support the HT PWGL in establishing and maintaining overall experiment execution schedules for facilities while balancing priorities, budget, personnel resources, and facility availability in support of programmatic work.
  • Manage resources by appropriately allocating and assigning technical and support personnel to ensure the safe and efficient execution of programmatic activities.
  • Serve as an interface and coordinate with Facility Managers to define and balance roles, responsibilities, and schedules between experiment fielding and facility operations, including assignments for shared staff, maintenance activities, and safety reviews.
  • Develop, implement, and enable review and verification of conduct of operations and work planning and control processes, procedures, and documentation for explosives experiment fielding.Act as RI for relevant work control documents for fielding activities.
  • Develop and implement training and individual development programs for fielding personnel, including Explosive Experiment Fielding Leads.
  • Oversee experimental planning and execution activities in high-hazard facilities, ensuring programmatic objectives are met within approved facility safety documentation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical area or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced-level expertise in one or more areas related to hydrodynamic experiment design, fielding, explosive operations, or equivalent high-hazard operations. Areas include test-bed configuration, control systems, timing & firing, diagnostics, explosives, mitigation, safety, security, and local and federal regulations.
  • Significant experience leading and managing multiple simultaneous explosive or equivalent high-hazard operations.
  • Substantial experience handling multiple projects of varying priority with excellent attention to detail and within the constraints of program, safety, and security requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge of processes and procedures for handling and storage of classified information and materials.
  • Significant experience in identifying and analyzing hazards and developing and implementing effective controls for unique experimental activities.Demonstrated ability to analyze off-normal events and implement corrective actions and process improvements.
  • Highly advanced leadership, communication, and team-building skills to lead collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams and represent fielding activities to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to approach and resolve difficult issues using mature judgement, creative problem-solving skills, and inclusive decision-making techniques.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the Weapon Physics and Design Program’s experimental operations at sites across the NNSA complex.
  • Significant experience managing projects, including creating budgets, schedules, and resource plans relevant to experimental or high-hazard operations in an R&D environment.
  • Knowledge of LLNL policies, procedures and ES&H requirements, DOE regulations, national codes and standards, administrative relationships, or demonstrated ability to work in an equivalent highly regulated environment.
  • Experience as an LLNL Explosives Handler, Beryllium worker, Rad worker (II), and ability to obtain and maintain qualifications in those.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.
Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration.
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.