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Defense Systems Analysis (DSAG) Group Leader - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/26/2021

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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

The Computational Engineering Division (CED) has an opening for Group Leader of the Defense Systems Analysis Group.  The primary focus of this group is the computational analysis of solids and structures under extreme loading. DSAG provides engineering support to most programs at the Laboratory and to external customers. The group has broad expertise in areas such as blast/structure analysis, impact analysis, safety/vulnerability analysis, multi-physics analysis, fracture mechanics, composites, hydrodynamics, seismic analysis, constitutive modeling, and finite element code development. The DSAG Leader will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative leadership for these efforts. You will be expected to work closely with other groups within CED and Engineering to support the missions of the Laboratory. This position is in the Engineering Modeling and Simulation Section, within the Computational Engineering Division.

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 

  • Conduct design and analysis of complex mechanical systems subject to dynamic structural and thermal loads with emphasis on state-of-the art computational and experimental techniques.
  • Supervise, provide technical and administrative direction, guidance, support, mentoring, coaching, and promote teamwork for a team of 8+ members. Participate in performance reviews, ranking, and salary management processes.
  • Recruit and hire new staff as needed to meet Section, Division, and programmatic staffing needs. Collaborate closely with programmatic personnel and external sponsors to ensure current and future technical and staffing needs are being addressed.
  • Ensure technical quality of work and promote effective teamwork within the group.
  • Work with group members to develop research and development initiatives for external sponsorship as well as for internally supported LDRD.
  • Attend Section and Division meetings, plan and conduct monthly Group meetings, and conduct institutional training sessions as required.
  • Interface with other groups within CED to identify and promote collaborative efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.4 level

  • Develop new Engineering capabilities and novel technologies in computational analysis of solids and structure under extreme loading.
  • Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in the area of computational analysis of solids and structures.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to lead a team, advise senior management, and to positively represent the Program and the Laboratory.


  • 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.
  • MS in engineering, related field or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more computational fields related to mechanics of materials or material science for engineering applications.
  • Proven advanced ability to promote and lead technical projects.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Significant experience working in a team environment with multi-disciplinary personnel of all levels.
  • Advanced interpersonal, listening, and negotiation skills.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.4 level

  • Significant experience in the leadership of technical projects, project planning, and execution.
  • Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to lead a team, advise senior management, and to positively represent the Program and the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in engineering, related field, or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
  • Significant experience developing and executing technical initiatives.
  • Significant experience building, directing, and leading a cohesive technical staff.
  • Significant experience working with sponsors to define and implement programmatic requirements and milestones.
  • Expert verbal and written communication and facilitation skills necessary to effectively write technical papers and proposals, collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, and provide advice to management, and/or external sponsors, and all levels of personnel.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory management and structure, including supervision, budget, policies and processes.

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.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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