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Deputy Program Director for Fundamental Weapon’s Physics - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/17/2023

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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.

Pay Range

$322,110 - $436,488 Annually

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for the Deputy Program Director for Fundamental Weapon’s Physics to work with the Weapon Physics and Design (WPD) Program Director (PD) in all aspects of Program leadership and management in the WPD Program. You will work closely with the WPD Program Director and the WPD senior management team to accomplish WPD and WCI programmatic deliverables and will be responsible for the Focused Materials Science, High Energy Density Science, and Inertial Confinement Fusion Science program elements. You will interact with all levels of management both within LLNL and external to the Laboratory including DOE/NNSA, DoD, academic institutions, management at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), the Nevada Nuclear Security Site (NNSS) and the NNSA Production Agencies (PAs). This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Manage and execute a roughly $150M portfolio related to Fundamental Weapon’s Physics.
  • Provide leadership, vision, strategic and tactical direction and planning, management, and programmatic oversight of the LLNL efforts in Focused Material Science, High Energy Density Physics, and Inertial Confinement Fusion to meet WPD’s 2026 Goals and support the WCI 2030 Strategic Framework.
  • Ensure that WPD is identifying and working to mitigate experimental capability and facility gaps so that we can maintain confidence in the evolving deterrent and so that NNSA remains at the leading edge of experimental research and development
  • Serve as the lead interface to the NNSA’s Office of Experimental Science (NA-113) including the integration with appropriate elements of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate.
  • Develop, manage, and communicate program objectives, accomplishments, and plans to the WPD workforce.
  • Represent the WPD Program to WCI management at internal and external meetings, working groups, and on special assignments, including preparing and giving presentations. Represent the PD in his absence across a broad range of issues in a variety of environments.
  • Promote and maintain strong relationships and communication with NNSA and other NNSA laboratories and sites.
  • Develop and promote partnerships and collaborations across LLNL with disciplines and other programs to ensure programmatic deliverables are met.
  • Develop and implement plans to promote culture, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • 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.
  • PhD in physics, engineering or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience and expertise in the physics of nuclear weapons and knowledge of WCI and the LLNL weapons program.
  • Extensive leadership skills in a high-technology research and development environment and experience providing leadership in and supporting large-scale projects and programs, and the ability to safely and securely deliver results.
  • Expertise in strategic planning and organizational dynamics and extensive experience in decision-making based on aggregate information and the recommendations of others that significantly affect the ability of the organization and Laboratory to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national-security policy issues and with Laboratory and external contacts working these issues.
  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management and government officials.
  • Expert problem solving, analytical, technical, organizational, and management skills necessary to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing plans that promote and value diversity, equity and inclusion principles in the workplace.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

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 time of hire. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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