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Associate Program Leader (APL) for Chemical Operations

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/05/2024

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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

$206,490 -  $265,188 Annually for the SEL.4 level

$247,800 - $318,216 Annually for the SEL.5 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 in the Nuclear Materials Program for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for Chemical Operations to lead LLNL programmatic activities in pyrochemistry, aqueous chemistry, and analytical chemistry. The successful candidate will ensure that the team meets programmatic objectives on schedule while maintaining safe and compliant operations.  You will work in a highly complex environment that requires a disciplined and tenacious work style, extensive foresight and planning, and a collaborative spirit. This position is in the Materials Science Division, supporting the Nuclear Materials Program of Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) under Strategic Deterrence (SD).

This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

You will 

  • Provide technical direction to the development of capabilities that address unique technical issues; exercise a high level of independent judgment in the development and deployment of innovative technologies.
  • Ensure programmatic objectives are met by operations performed in full compliance with the ES&H Manual, the facility Design Safety Analysis (DSA) and Facility Safety Plan (FSP), and applicable Operational Safety Plans (OSPs).
  • Plan the integration and implementation of new programs.
  • Lead the development of novel technologies in a highly regulated environment.
  • Establish milestones, develop schedules, track progress, and provide regular updates to program leadership, stakeholders, and sponsors.
  • Solve complex resourcing/technical problems that have significant impacts on costs and schedules.
  • Mentor early-career investigators, experienced project scientists, and technicians.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external sponsors.
  • Identify/forecast areas of weak subject matter expertise and recruit/assign/train personnel as appropriate to strengthen operational readiness.
  • Serve as a Nuclear Materials Program spokesperson to Laboratory management, external advisors and sponsors.
  • Serve on external scientific or technical committees, representing the Laboratory.


  • 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.
  • Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience in nuclear materials chemical operations, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Significant leadership experience in the planning and managing of projects executed by multidisciplinary teams of experts.
  • Proven leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills, as demonstrated by the ability to present highly complex technical topics to management, sponsors, and regulators effectively.
  • Ability to independently assess abnormal situations with a high consequence of error and recommend/approve appropriate actions.
  • Ability to secure and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP), which includes polygraph examination, physical and psychological assessment, and random drug and alcohol testing.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5

  • Expert knowledge of nuclear materials chemical processing and analysis.
  • Recognized ability to lead the development/improvement of nuclear materials chemical processes.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and external sponsors.
  • Extensive experience and expert technical knowledge to address advancements that may have impacts beyond the Laboratory.
  • Substantial experience working effectively with DOE and other sponsors, subject matter expert-level knowledge of DOE regulations and orders pertaining to nuclear material technologies, technical expertise with nuclear materials processing, and demonstrated understanding of operational and experimental safety issues.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • Advanced knowledge of state-of-the-art nuclear materials chemical processing and analysis.
  • Experience in nuclear facility management, conduct of operations in a nuclear facility, and/or experience as a Fissile Material Handler.

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.

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