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Initiation Systems Group Leader - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Initiation Systems Group Leader. You will be responsible for the conceptual design, development, testing, production oversight, and surveillance oversight of detonation and safing assemblies for LLNL nuclear weapons. You will manage employees and resources to accomplish technical and administrative requirements, interacting with all levels of management within, and external to, the Laboratory to establish a wide range of projects, develop budgets, and manage execution. This position will be in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), supporting Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide overall technical, safety, and security leadership to a multi-disciplinary group of engineers and technicians to ensure that programmatic milestones are safely met on schedule and within budget.
  • Collaborate with project principals and customers to market group capabilities and to define programmatic objectives, budgets, and schedules.
  • Review and approve required engineering authorizations, specifications, drawings, and documents to ensure that reliability, explosive safety, and nuclear explosive safety requirements are met.
  • Direct special assignment activities in support of Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs and DTED/WTE.
  • Serve as primary technical contact for the Program at meetings, briefings, design reviews, and committee activities both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Foster staff development and participate in hiring activities.
  • Responsible for performance management activities for group personnel and contribute to the DTED ranking and salary processes. Monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables and lead corrective actions where necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
  • Lead and develop advancements in cutting edge designing, modeling, and testing explosives that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.
  • Serve as organization spokesperson by Laboratory management and/or external advisor by sponsors and serve on external scientific or technical committees.


  • 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 the time of hire.
  • Master's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent level of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience and expert knowledge in designing, modeling, and testing explosive systems, designing either electrical or mechanical components and systems.
  • Significant experience with the operational and production processes related to the Kansas City NSC, Pantex, Sandia National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory sites within the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
  • Effective organizational skills, knowledge, and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work planning, scheduling, cost estimating, analyzing and managing financial data, and project reporting.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and to promote and maintain productive relationships across directorates, with other laboratories, and with other external entities.
  • Effective leadership, team building, interpersonal skills, and supervisory skills to lead personnel, write performance appraisals, and actively participate in ranking sessions.
  • Working knowledge of Laboratory policies and practices and applicable NNSA orders.
  • Ability to travel.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Extensive experience and ability to lead and develop positions on cutting-edge technologies.
  • Extensive experience and expert technical knowledge to address advancements in designing, modeling, and testing explosives that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.
  • Extensive experience interfacing with NSE production agencies and the product realization process.

 Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or related field.
  • Knowledge of detonation physics, high-speed optical and laser diagnostics, and current areas of initiation systems research and development.
  • Knowledge of nuclear weapon safety principles, NAP 401.1, and DPBPS requirements.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory. Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above). If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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