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Nuclear Security Physics (NSP) - Group Leader

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 04/15/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for the Group Leader (GL) position for the Nuclear Security Physics (NSP) group. The mission of the NSP is to apply technology and expertise of nuclear threats and physics to solve national questions and problems in nuclear security.  As GL, you will provide technical, operational, and administrative leadership for approximately 15 to 20 scientists, including students and postdoctoral researchers. You will serve as a subject matter expert and participate in the development of cutting-edge research.  The GL needs to be recognized nationally for their expertise, evident from publication record, invited presentations, or service on national-level committees. You will report directly to the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences (NACS) Division Leader and be required to have programmatic funding to cover the majority of your time. This position is in the NACS Division within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level, depending on your qualifications. Additional job duties will be assigned at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  •  Lead and provide technical guidance including scientific and programmatic direction, to a diverse group of scientists, postdocs, and students, most with backgrounds in nuclear and particle physics and nuclear engineering.
  •  Serve as primary point of contact for communications between group members, Division, Programs, and Directorate management. Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
  • Collaborate with NACS and programmatic management to ensure program staffing needs are met and group members are considered for available programmatic assignments.
  •  Provide strategic direction for research and technology development in nuclear security including projects supported by the NNSA Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Program, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and LDRD-funded activities. Also champion the integration and implementation of new projects and additional sponsors.
  • Recruit and retain staff at all levels in relevant research areas, with attention to NACS, PLS, and LLNL objectives for improving diversity and inclusion.
  • Perform group-leader tasks including: performance management, generate listings 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. Responsible for budget and resource management to ensure projects are completed within budget.
  • Conduct independent research, publish results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals. Serve on external scientific and/or technical committees, give presentations at national and international meetings, representing the Laboratory.
  • Oversee the safe and effective use of NSP laboratories. Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Maintain a close interface with internal and external program managers to ensure effective scientific support; interact with programmatic sponsors within the Laboratory and with external funding agencies
  • Serve on external scientific and/or technical committees; give presentations at national and international meetings representing the Laboratory; represent the NACS division when required


  • PhD in Particle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience and subject matter expertise in particle physics, nuclear physics, and/or radiation detection science.
  • Significant experience in nuclear security applications such as nuclear threats, WMDs, nuclear threat pathways, global nuclear detection architecture, nuclear safeguards, arms control, nonproliferation, emergency response, nuclear forensics, and consequence management.
  • Significant experience developing and sustaining research and development capabilities. Experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects. Substantial experience in developing new scientific programs and research proposals for internal (e.g., LDRD, 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.
  • Expert leadership skills and experience supervising others in a technical environment. 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.
  • Significant experience working effectively as part of a team on behalf of the Division, Directorate, and Laboratory.
  • Expert written and verbal communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills, necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors. Ability to travel to national and international meetings.  

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  •  Extensive experience leading large and multidisciplinary teams and managing multi-year projects.
  • Extensive technical leadership and/or management experience in a research and development environment, including project or program planning, budget and personnel administration.
  • Nationally recognized expert in one or more areas of particle physics, nuclear physics, radiation detection science.

Qualifications We Desire

  • In-depth knowledge of one or more program sponsors, the WCI Program PAD, and the GS Program PAD.
  • Familiarity with NACS Division personnel and projects.
  • Experience in dealing with program sponsors and proposal preparation.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  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.  An L or Q 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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