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Explosive Safety Expert

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 05/11/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$136,500.00  - $175,272.00  Annually for the TSS.3 level

$163,740.00  - $210,288.00  Annually for the TSS.4 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.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Explosive Safety Professional within the Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) Directorate to provide comprehensive explosives safety support in a wide range of explosives-related Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) programs, and for growth of explosives operations and infrastructure. This position requires substantial experience in explosives hazards and explosives operations and education in a relevant science or technical field to provide and maintain the highest safety standards in a cutting-edge explosives research environment. You will interact with all levels of technical personnel and management from the ES&H Directorate, LLNL programs, Department of Energy (DOE) explosives enterprises and external regulatory agencies.

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. 

You will 

  • Provide advanced explosive safety support to LLNL programs and operations in specific areas of assignment.
  • Advise Laboratory scientists, engineers, and other programmatic personnel in developing solutions to problems ranging from moderate to very complex with multiple high hazards.
  • Provide interpretation of related regulations and safety compliance codes and assist workers in implementing them to a broad range of cutting-edge RDT&E on explosives and explosives containing systems.
  • Write and review technical reports, health and safety standards, procedures, drawings, and diagrams for conformance to DOE standards and other applicable requirements.
  • Conduct complex reviews of new explosives operations and safety inspections of explosives activities evaluating hazards for compliance with Department of Energy, Department of Transportation and LLNL codes and standards.
  • Critique facilities, equipment installations, and experimental designs, review process hazards and failure mode and effects analyses, conduct safety inspections of buildings, facilities, equipment, apparatus, and operations related to explosives to identify safety-related deficiencies.
  • Develop novel solutions and present them to program personnel and management that rectify identified issues within the regulatory bounds.
  • Review results of health and safety (H&S) compliance audits and inspections with management, provide recommendations for correction (and prevention of recurrence) of non-compliance findings, and identify necessary follow-up measures to ensure future compliance.
  • Investigate explosives accidents/incidents for possible causes, prepare necessary documentation and recommend appropriate measures to eliminate or mitigate reoccurrence, and provide emergency response support to safety incidents on-site.
  • Collaboratively develop training on a range of explosives-safety related topics and provide adequate training to a wide range of experience and technical levels.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.4 level

  • Provide chemical engineering-based safety support and review of operations particularly in areas of large volumes of toxic and/or flammable solvents, dust and vapor hazards, explosives synthesis and processing operations.
  • Provide safety support to highly complex explosives operations with overlapping hazards to LLNL programs and operations in specific areas of assignment.
  • Develop and present safety courses in explosives safety or related topics to all technical and education levels.
  • Advise laboratory scientists, engineers, and other programmatic personnel in developing solutions to highly complex safety-related problems and mentor less experienced H&S staff as necessary.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific, technical related field with health and safety education or experience, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in explosives and explosives safety applicable to at least two of the following: laboratory, intermediate scale production, processing, handling, storage, thermal, mechanical and physical testing, detonation testing operations in contained vessels and/or on a range.
  • Advanced knowledge of related state and federal regulations and/or other explosives standards such as Defense Explosives Safety Regulation 6055.09, and UFC-3-340-02 and how to apply them to routine situations.
  • Extensive experience preparing safety plans, inspection plans and technical reports (e.g., Facility Safety Plans, Safety Analysis Report (SAR), Discipline Action Plans etc.), conducting safety audits and inspections, leading or reviewing process hazards analysis or failure mode analysis of complex systems, and successfully working potential compliance issues.
  • Extensive experience providing emergency response and participation in the investigation of incidents or accidents involving explosives or other hazards.
  • Advanced analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend and implement actions/solutions for moderately complex problems.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively communicate technical information to all levels of technical personnel and management, including regulatory agencies and key stakeholders.
  • Experience working independently and in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations, managing complex projects, and meeting schedules.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.4 level 

  • Significant knowledge and experience in explosives and explosives safety with an emphasis in at least one of the following areas: large scale synthesis, formulations and/or processing, modern chemical engineering practices in the areas of synthesis and/or processing, explosives related research and testing of explosives and explosives containing systems.
  • Significant knowledge of related state and federal regulations and/or other explosives standards such as Defense Explosives Safety Regulation 6055.09, and UFC-3-340-02, and how to apply them in complex real world situations.
  • Expert level verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively to present and communicate highly complex technical information to all levels of technical personnel and management.
  • Developing and revising courses on a multitude of explosives safety topics.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in scientific, technical, or related field with health and safety education or experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with inspection, maintenance, manufacturing, and storage of explosives/weapons systems as well as knowledge of DOE orders.

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?

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

Security Clearance

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.

Beware of Fraudulent Recruiting Advertisements. LLNL’s hiring practices:

  • Never requires job applicants to pay an application/training fee or submit personal documents like bank account details, passport number, Social Security number, tax forms or credit card information as part of the application process. 
  • For interviews and to be granted access to a Federal facility, a LLNL employee will contact you directly to collect visa, passport number, and/or Social Security number.  To vet the authenticity of the employee please have them provide you their name and phone number and verify at
  • Involves at least one interview (virtual or in-person) and never interviews job applicants through chat platforms such as Google Hangouts, or via correspondence through text and instant messaging systems.
  • Only sends email communications to job applicants from domain “” or via their applicant tracking system, [email protected]. Occasionally LLNL uses third-party vendors that will contact you about job opportunities.  If a recruiter contacts you to apply, you will always be directed to our career page to apply through our career site.
  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

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. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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