Explosives Research Experiment Lead
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/17/2023
Job Code: SES.2 Science & Engineering MTS 2 / SES.3 Science & Engineering MTS 3
Organization: Weapons and Complex Integ
Position Type: Career Indefinite
Security Clearance: Anticipated DOE Q clearance (requires U.S. citizenship and a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: A job-related pre-placement medical examination may be required
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.
$123,960 - $166,992 Annually for the SES.2 level
$148,650 - $200,328 Annually for the SES.3 level
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.
We have an opening for an Explosives Research Experiment Lead. You will lead experimental activities, under general direction, involving the use of high explosives and other energetic materials, supporting the stewardship of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, conventional weapons design, counterterrorism efforts, and commercial partnerships. This position is in the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your skills. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
- Plan, execute, diagnose, analyze and interpret explosively driven hydrodynamic experiments in collaboration with diagnostics operators, other scientists and high-level technical personnel, under limited direction and at various state-of-the-art facilities across the DOE weapons complex.
- Contribute original scientific/engineering solutions to the design of hydrodynamic experiments, applying knowledge and skills.
- Develop experimental requirements and oversee the implementation of the various components of the experiment.
- Perform, arm, fire, and diagnose experiments using highly explosive material.
- Monitor the assembly of the experimental hardware to ensure that the moderately complex to complex assemblies meet specification.
- Perform technical quality assurance checks on these experiments including performing or directing others to perform the setup, alignment, and execution of the confirmatory dry-runs to ensure that the expected data returned on the ultimate experiment will be of the highest quality possible within funding targets.
- Analyze and interpret moderately complex to complex experimental data, document and report results, identify problems, plan projects to solve problems, and communicate lessons learned.
- Present and disseminate research results to sponsors, and document experiment and results in open and classified environments.
- Travel minimally or substantially based on needs of projects.
- Promote and support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Independently develop and/or provide in-depth technical expertise with the multi-physics and other advanced computational tools to help model the expected performance of diagnostics where complex problems may not be well defined.
- Manage and oversee multiple parallel complex experiments at different stages of development including the arming and firing of these experiments.
- Identify, advocate and facilitate the addition of advanced diagnostics and data analysis techniques for explosively driven hydrodynamic experiments. Work with diagnostic designers to develop and integrate new capabilities.
- Champion and/or lead projects requiring careful planning and execution in concert with effective teamwork.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
- Master's Degree or PhD in physics, engineering, a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive understanding of a specific area of science applicable to hydrodynamic testing.
- Experience performing hands-on experimental science in bench top and/or test facility environments and familiarity with experimentation requiring formal conduct of operations.
- Experience managing medium-size or larger technical projects.
- Demonstrated self-motivation and initiative in addressing challenging problems, and innovative skills to identify/develop creative solutions.
- Experience working effectively in independent and in a multi-disciplinary, team-based-research environment to achieve multi-year goals.
- Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence necessary to work effectively with a wide range of personalities in both one-on-one and team environments.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to explain, negotiate and advise on experimental design including proficiency in standard office computing software.
- Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.
In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge of physics, engineering, mathematics, mechanical, aerospace or nuclear engineering or a related field.
- Significant experience and demonstrated ability to lead and mentor a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated record of completing and/or leading top-quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience working around explosives and/or other high hazard materials or effects.
- Experience using computer aided design tools
- Experience managing other personnel in a team environment
- Experience diagnosing very fast transient phenomena
- Experience modeling transmission and effects of ionizing radiation.
- Experience with any of the following topics: dynamic radiography, high speed photography, Photonic Doppler Velocimetry, radiometry, pulsed power (flash lamps, fire sets), system generated EMP, grounding and shielding.
- Experience with scientific data analysis in mainstream programming languages or tools such as C++, Python, MATLAB, etc.
- Knowledge of the WCI weapons program and/or explosive hydrodynamic experimentation
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.
Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
- Flexible Benefits Package
- Relocation Assistance
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
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This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. 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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.
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.
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