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Security Planning Analyst

Not Applicable | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/12/2023

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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 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.

Pay Range

$113,730.00  - $146,076.00  Annually for the TSS.2 level
$136,500.00  - $175,272.00  Annually for the TSS.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.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Security Planning Analyst to provide technical support of the security protection program and risk management across all security topical areas and functions including Physical Security, Information Security, Personnel Security, Nuclear Material Control and Accountability, Protective Force, Security Planning and Analysis, and Performance Assurance. The position will conduct risk assessments that underpin security operations which are critical to supporting successful execution of Laboratory mission. You will interact with a diverse group of personnel and multiple levels of management and staff within the Security Organization (SO), LLNL research programs, support organizations, and DOE/NNSA. This position is in the SO and reports to the Security Planning and Analysis Group Lead.

In this role you will

  • Conduct technical analyses for all security activities supporting LLNL operations; support the security risk management process across the SO.
  • Conduct comprehensive security risk assessments for DOE security assets at LLNL including special nuclear material, radiological, chemical, biological sabotage targets, national security critical infrastructure, high value government assets, government property and personnel.
  • Conduct and review security risk assessments for exemptions and equivalencies in accordance with DOE threat policy and other relevant Departmental policies.
  • Participate in protection strategy planning for departmental security assets, including Strategic Roll-up Zones; author and maintain assigned security plans.
  • Review SO assurance activities related to protection program management, including performance test plans and procedures.
  • Analyze performance test results to identify trends or attributes that modify security risk ratings.
  • Represent LLNL as a technical resource at DOE and NNSA working groups and peer reviews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the TSS.3 level

  • Develop security asset characterization processes for radiological, chemical, biological sabotage targets as well as special/accountable nuclear material and benchmark across the DOE complex; integrate with multidisciplinary teams across the laboratory to maintain accurate asset characterization.
  • Coordinate, develop, and implement security risk management actions with stakeholders representing LLNL programs and other mission enabling functions.
  • Represents the organization as the technical resource on tasks and projects. Serves on internal technical/advisory committees and may serve on external committees.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, applied mathematics, or a relevant related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Knowledge and skill in one or more specialized technical fields relevant to nuclear material control and accountability, analyzing radiological, chemical, biological sabotage threats and/or ballistic, mechanical, and explosive attacks.
  • Ability to review, interpret, and apply requirements and navigate complex regulatory environments.  Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to understand complex systems and design criteria.
  • Demonstrated skills in technical writing and research-based writing to effectively author reports, present and explain technical or operational information, and provide advice to management and stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact and collaborate with others in a consistently positive manner. Exercise discretion, tact, and gain consensus in an environment where others may have strongly conflicting ideas and goals.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 level

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, applied mathematics, or a relevant related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with DOE security asset categorization with emphasis in screening radiological, chemical, and biological sabotage targets and analyzing explosive blast effects in accordance with DOE threat policy.
  • Experience with chemical or radiological atmospheric dispersion plume models and concepts – or – consequence analysis for biological sabotage targets including select agents and toxins.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical or operational information and provide advice to management regulators, reviewers, and stakeholders.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of relevant DOE Directives, Orders, and Prime Contract requirements flow down.
  • Experience conducting security risk assessments within the construct of a threat policy.
  • Experience working within defined information management processes.

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 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.

Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings. 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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