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Deputy Associate Program Director

Not Applicable | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 10/19/2021

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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 Deputy Associate Program Director (DAPD) for the Weapons Simulation and Computing Computational Physics (WSC/CP) Program. 

The DAPD will work closely with the senior management team in WSC/CP and report directly to the APD.  WSC/CP is the key programmatic organization that shapes the future of code development in Weapons Complex Integration (WCI) and ensures that LLNL maintains preeminence developing simulation tools in support of nuclear deterrence activities for NNSA.  To support this broad mission, the WSC/CP program oversees a complex set of software development activities, including all ASC supported multi-physics software development, ICF software development, and key weapons engineering software development.  Our partners and stakeholders rely on WSC/CP to provide cutting edge simulation tools through development of robust production simulation software that pushes the boundaries of simulation science and high- performance computing. To achieve these goals, the WSC/CP program has forged a strong partnership with the WSC/Livermore Computing program.  This partnership will become more important as computing architectures become more complex.  As with any highly innovative program, this position comes with opportunities and challenges – and the ideal candidate will require a combination of tactical and strategic skillsets.

In this role you will

  • Be a part of the WSC/CP senior management team.
  • Provide assistance to the WSC/CP APD with daily operations, including budgets, reporting, staffing, and HQ interactions.
  • Develop strong collaborations with internal LLNL stakeholders.
  • Participate and lead strategic planning efforts.
  • Provide technical direction for the development and implementation of the annual WSC/CP Program Plan, in collaboration with the WSC/CP Senior Management Team.
  • Manage and communicate program objectives, accomplishments, and plans to WSC/CP workforce and to WCI management. 
  • Recognize, develop, and implement plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within program. 
  • Participate in ranking & salary management processes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in Physics, Engineering or related technical field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Extensive experience in computational science, computer science, high-performance computing, and/or significant experience as a WSC/CP customer.
  • Familiarity with WCI and the LLNL weapons program. 
  • Advanced ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals. 
  • Strong leadership skills in multi-disciplinary projects, and significant experience supporting projects led by others. 
  • Advanced problem solving, analytical, technical, organizational, and management skills, necessary to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions. 
  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management and government officials. 
  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers. 

Qualifications We Desire 

  • Familiarity with the WSC/CP programs and extensive knowledge of weapons physics. 

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.  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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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