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Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Section Leader

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/08/2024

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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

$247,800- $318,216 Annually

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 Section Leader for the new Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Section (AMMP).  The AMMP will consist of approximately half of the groups from the existing Micro and Nano Technology Section (MNTS). These groups focus on cutting edge additive and advanced manufacturing technologies, functional and structural materials associated with these technologies, and architected materials/metamaterials. Members of AMMP contribute to internal Laboratory programs and many external Strategic Partnership Projects. The Section Leader will represent the full spectrum of capabilities within the Section to laboratory management and external sponsors and has administrative responsibility for leadership, staffing, and operations of the Section including overseeing some facility management. The Section Leader has direct line management of the AMMP Group Leaders and is responsible for creating the correct balance of personnel with the appropriate skills for existing and future projects. The Section Leader will work closely with the Group Leaders and the leaders of the Center for Bioengineering (CBE), the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing (CEMM), and the Center for Design Optimization (CDO) to develop strategic initiatives aimed at building new business for the Section. In addition to the management responsibilities, the Section Leader will have a technical role within the Laboratory and will make a major technical contribution to one or more programmatic projects. This position will report to the MED Division Leader and will be a part of the Materials Engineering Division (MED) Division Management Team within the Engineering directorate.

You will 

  • Collaborate with programmatic customers to assess needs, define or redefine customer requirements, and develop partnering relationships with project leaders within the Section.
  • Partner with the leaders of the Center for Bioengineering (CBE), the Center for Engineered Materials and Manufacturing (CEMM), and the Center for Design Optimization (CDO) and Group Leaders to establish strategic partnerships with internal and external customers.
  • Formulate and execute short-term and long-term strategic goals, in conjunction with MED’s engineering management team.
  • Lead and work with the AMMP Management Team to carry out day-to­ day management responsibilities, including developing AMTS policies, prioritizing discretionary resources, and balancing the demands of competing projects, developing hiring plans, developing capital equipment plans, overseeing some facility management, and serving as the primary contact between Division Management and the Section members.
  • Oversee and support program and project leaders within the Section by working with them to meet their staffing needs, facilitate good team dynamics, and ensure that adequate resources are provided so that program/project goals are met.
  • Collaborate with direct reports to establish performance goals, regularly review goal status, reassess relevancy and/or explore need for revisions or removal of goals, and continually provide feedback and evaluate performance. Prepare annual employee performance appraisals for direct reports and participate in associated ranking and salary management activities. Provide career counseling, mentoring, and technical guidance for Section members.
  • Champion, develop, apply, and model disciplined engineering, quality management, and project management best practices in support of the Section's primary programmatic customers.
  • Provide general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.
  • Stay abreast of technological progress in the relevant science and technology community.
  • Identify and assess the long-term workforce needs for the Section and LLNL and outline plans and actions to address them.
  • Advise and assist staff with technology transition plans to programs and external organizations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in engineering or physical sciences or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated expert level knowledge and extensive experience with advanced manufacturing and materials, medical, weapons, security or environmental application of advanced manufacturing and materials, including successful research program initiation and field demonstrations.
  • Extensive experience leading, supervising, and working in a multidisciplinary technical team environment.
  • Experience with personnel management, supervision, preparing performance appraisals, performance management and feedback, and salary management.
  • Ability to be highly flexible and adapt to changes in programmatic and strategic directions and LLNL policies.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, negotiation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in engineering or physical sciences or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.
  • Working knowledge of LLNL laboratory infrastructure, manufacturing, and technical capabilities.
  • Knowledge of LLNL administrative, engineering, and safety practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Experience interacting with LLNL management, outside organizations, and other programmatic organizations.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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