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Material Fracture and Processing Group Leader

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 04/19/2021

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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 a Material Fracture and Processing Group Leader.  You will lead a team of metallurgists, materials engineers, and technologists responsible for supporting major LLNL programs with expertise in material selection, processing studies, and performance evaluation to enable mission needs. You will interface extensively with both design physicists and engineers of weapon systems, and occasionally interact with production agencies, participating in product realization teams and quality processes with internal and external parties. You will support R&D activities in materials fracture, advanced materials and manufacturing, and processing studies.  In this position, you will have a meaningful role in developing successful careers, creating a positive working environment, and developing outstanding staff to meet program needs. In addition to the Group Leader role, you will be expected to maintain a programmatic project or R&D assignment for a majority of your time. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will

  • Provide leadership, supervision, technical guidance, and training to group members in the completion of their work scope; participate in recruiting, hiring, and retaining high performing technical staff.
  • Influence the work environment to cultivate employee morale and well-being, provide mentorship to group members, facilitate career development discussions, write performance appraisals, and participate in the MED division ranking and salary management processes.
  • Develop and champion new ideas, improve upon existing methodologies, and establish capabilities to support evolving program support missions.
  • Oversee the design, development, testing, and operation of experimental systems.
  • Collaborate with the Engineering Center Leaders and MED Section Leaders to identify and lead the work assignments for the group members, define work objectives, and obtain ongoing performance feedback.
  • Work closely with the metals processing technician supervisor to develop an equipment/ capability strategy and participate in the AME facility modernization activities.
  • Set broad research/project vision and strategy, influence technical direction for team, identify staffing needs necessary to support Laboratory programs, and facilitate project and program growth from external and internal funding sources.
  • Serve as a technical expert providing innovative solutions to highly unusual, complex, and/or sensitive issues/problems where the solution path is not known ahead of time. Be responsible for high-level goal setting, strategic planning efforts toward long range goals and identifying new opportunities, working with Division Leader, Section Leader, Center Leaders and peer Group Leaders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Material Science with an emphasis on metallurgy, welding, fracture, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.  
  • Subject matter expert knowledge and significant experience in one or more of the following areas: advanced characterization, metal alloy development, materials processing, mechanical testing, failure analysis, and welding metallurgy.
  • Experience writing material specification documents for a range of materials and an extensive understanding of standards used for metals, and materials engineering.
  • Expert level knowledge of utilizing microscopy techniques to characterize the microstructures of diverse materials: including Synchrotron Radiation Micro-Tomography, Synchrotron Radiation Scattering and Diffraction, Fracture testing and analysis, Visual Light Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Fluorescence, Thermal Analysis, and X-ray Diffraction.
  • Experience working and leading teams in a research environment requiring safety and environmental compliance; ability to understand and abide by security requirements.
  • Significant experience giving technical presentations and participating in reviews, identifying technical needs, developing practical approaches, and delivering working solutions for program customers.
  • Recognition of technical expertise with academic, NNSA complex, and other National Lab personnel in a relevant field.
  • Effective leadership, interpersonal skills, organizational, and supervisory skills to lead personnel, write performance appraisals, and actively participate in ranking and hiring activities.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors with the ability to generate refereed technical publications in a relevant technical field.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Material Science, Metallurgy, Materials Science and Engineering, Fracture Mechanics or closely related field with the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with LLNL and Engineering administrative policies, and procedures, design safety practices and standards.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 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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