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Associate Program leader for Post-Detonation Technical Nuclear Forensics

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Executive | livermore, CA | 11/01/2021

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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 an Associate Program Leader to manage all aspects of LLNL’s Technical Nuclear Forensics (TNF) Post-Detonation program element. You will be responsible for the execution of the overall post-detonation related mission areas of TNF including the research and development (R&D) areas centered around the expanded efforts within NNSA/NA22 and other sponsors, as well as operational areas centered around expanded efforts within NNSA/NA83 and other sponsors. You will function as the primary point of contact for interactions with the stakeholder community, internal program elements, including Nuclear Threat Reduction, Global Security, Weapons Complex Integration, and within the LLNL disciplines including the Nuclear and Analytical Chemistry Division and other Divisions with the Physics and Life Sciences Directorate to establish and maintain integrated and effective R&D and operational post-detonation capabilities.  This position is in the TNF element of the Global Security Principal Directorate’s Nuclear Threat Reduction Program and will report programmatically to the Program Leader (PL) for Technical Nuclear Forensics.

In this role you will

  • Provide leadership, management and planning for the >$12M Post-Detonation component of LLNL’s TNF group in its interactions with the stakeholder community, including NNSA, DoD, FBI, National Laboratory partners, and international partners as directed by NNSA.  Responsible for ensuring that a collaborative environment exists within the LLNL team and between LLNL’s TNF group and response programs at other Laboratories.
  • Represent LLNL’s Post-Detonation TNF group in its interactions with the senior LLNL management and ensure integration of broader synergistic and complementary laboratory capabilities found within Global Security, Weapons Complex Integration, Engineering, Physics and Physics & Life Sciences and the National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences into TNF’s needs.
  • Responsible for ensuring that LLNL’s Post-Detonation TNF area is organizationally prepared to respond to national needs with appropriate skills that can be applied within relevant timescales and meet security requirements.
  • Administer and direct activities for staffing of LLNL’s Post-Detonation TNF response positions, determine qualification standards and attract, retain, recruit, and select staff with technical expertise.
  • Provide leadership, management, planning, and support of activities required to meet programmatic, and personnel administration goals, which include determining need-to-know, material classification, and guiding operationally focused international collaborations.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of an LLNL-wide Post-Detonation strategic plan within broader TNF planning that anticipates future staffing, resource, and technology needs to identify and pursue new mission needs consistent with the strategic plan synergizing with the Pre-Detonation TNF APL, and the TNF PL.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate elements of communication, project management, risk management, and technical rigor are applied to ensure accountability and quality of products delivered.  Evolve and adapt LLNL’s Post-Detonation capabilities to improve efficiency and effectiveness over time with a 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SEL.5 Level

  • Develop and mature innovative concepts and provide expert management, leadership, technical vision, and strategic planning for both scientific research and technical development activities.
  • Develop and integrate cross-cutting capabilities and advancements for Post-Detonation TNF that will serve multiple programmatic missions.
  • Influence strategic vision and implementation plans for senior management and external stakeholders to meet the broad needs of U.S. TNF missions.
  • Champion new processes and cultivate relationships for personnel recruiting, training, mentoring, development, and retention.  Encourage and enable integration of staff across varying programmatic areas of TNF, N Program, and the larger GS and LLNL communities.


  • Active DOE Q or DoD TS clearance required at time of hire.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience with a demonstrated ability to lead and develop innovative cutting-edge principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Advanced level understanding of the broad national Post-Detonation TNF mission and various technical and operations partners.  Extensive experience working with the Inter-agency science, technology and engineering communities, with experience technically assessing emerging TNF-related science and technologies.
  • Successful track record of growing programs and sponsor relationships through honest interaction, persistent follow through, and delivery of quality products while understanding the nuances and cross-cutting elements of all Post-Detonation TNF needs.
  • Advanced knowledge of and significant experience assessing the interplay and complexities among threats to national security including the ability to apply, lead and/or develop principles, theories, concepts, and technologies related to incident response.
  • Management experience in project/program planning, budgeting multifaceted projects, staffing, meeting milestones and deliverables, and resolving conflicts in scheduling, priorities and funding to successfully run and sustain a program. Able to develop and implement technical industry best practices and/or principles and techniques, new programs and/or operational best practices, and the demonstrated ability to partner effectively with other laboratories and outside organizations.
  • Experience in building, managing and leading inclusive, multidisciplinary teams, mentoring, motivating, and collaborating with other personnel in achieving objectives.  Possess the organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills needed to motivate a diverse staff to deliver complex, high-quality products in a timely manner to a sponsor/end user.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, facilitation and collaboration skills necessary to interact effectively in a diverse research team environment, develop and deliver presentations, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 Level

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a technical field with highly advanced knowledge of nuclear materials, nuclear weapons physics, and experience as nuclear forensics subject-matter expert and practitioner.
  • Expert knowledge of nuclear forensics and characterization techniques with application to forensics related issues. Extensive experience and ability to lead, develop positions on, and perform assessments and analyses of nuclear weapons concerns and threats.
  • Extensive experience participating in national policy-level discussions that affect the direction of the nuclear forensics mission.
  • Expert-level leadership and communication skills to provide guidance and support for senior management decisions and planning processes.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in a science, or engineering, or a related field.
  • Advanced knowledge of LLNL capabilities relevant to the Post-Detonation TNF mission and ability to apply them a range of situations and environments.
  • Extensive experience participating in national-level discussions that affect the direction of the Post-Detonation mission area.

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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