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Supervisor/Sr. Supervisor - Plastics and Materials Characterization Groups

Mid-Senior Level | 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 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

$114,630.00  - $142,332.00  Annually for the 390.1 level
$138,750.00  - $172,284.00  Annually for the 390.2 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 Supervisor or Senior Supervisor of the Plastics and Materials Characterization Groups.  In this position you will perform direct administrative supervision of exempt or non-exempt technical employees. Other responsibilities are ES&H compliance, code regulation or standards compliance, and working on complex to highly complex technical projects. In the technical role, you will be responsible for solving technical and logistical issues. This position is in the Materials & NDE Section of the Materials Engineering Division, within the Engineering Directorate.     

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.

In this role you will 

  • Provide leadership and supervision to plan/set priorities and staff assignments.
  • Meet performance management goals (e.g.: appraisals, ranking/promotion recommendations). 
  • Provide staff’s career development and technical guidance, initiate personnel actions.
  • Manage the work center budget, forecast hiring and equipment needs/costs.
  • Interact with program/project managers, customers, staff, and other support organizations.
  • Lead/participate in meetings to determine and solve technical solutions.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to staff and others.
  • Apply technical expertise to support programmatic efforts.
  • Represent division at meetings, briefings, and other activities.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and functional laboratory environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 390.2 level

  • Provide advanced technical oversight and administrative supervision.
  • Provide advanced leadership and supervision to plan/set work priorities and staff assignments.
  • Plan long-range missions, goals, and work activities to ensure future programs goals are met.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Industrial Technology, or Manufacturing Technology, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a technical or engineering field.
  • Ability to effectively manage Plastics and Materials Characterization Groups activities.
  • Effective written and verbal communication, feedback, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to balance work assignments and anticipate programmatic needs.
  • Organizational skills including the use of computers and software (e.g.: MS Office) programs.
  • Ability to effectively work with and lead a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to manage groups’ equipment and staff including common manufacturing technologies.

Additional qualifications at the 390.2 level

  • Experience leading/supervising multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience balancing work assignments and anticipate programmatic needs.
  • Well-developed skills in analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making of complex problems.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working with polymer and characterization equipment.
  • Experience of polymer and polymer-based compounds.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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  • 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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