Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Initiation Systems Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104314
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: October 10 2018

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for an Initiation Systems Group Leader. You will be responsible for the conceptual design, development, testing, production oversight, and surveillance oversight of detonation and safing assemblies for LLNL nuclear weapons. You will manage employees and resources to accomplish technical and administrative requirements, interacting with all levels of management within, and external to, the Laboratory to establish a wide range of projects, develop budgets, and manage execution. This position is in the Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program, in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED).

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.

Essential Duties
- Provide overall technical, safety, and security leadership to ensure that programmatic milestones are safely met on schedule and within budget.
- Collaborate with project principals and customers to market group capabilities and to define programmatic objectives, budgets, and schedules.
- Review and approve required engineering authorizations, specifications, drawings, and documents to ensure that reliability, explosive safety, and nuclear explosive safety requirements are met.
- Direct special assignment activities in support of Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs and DTED/WTE.
- Serve as primary technical contact for the Program at meetings, briefings, design reviews, and committee activities both internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Foster staff development and participate in hiring activities.
- Responsible for performance management activities for group personnel and contribute to the DTED ranking and salary processes. Monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables and lead corrective actions where necessary.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Lead and develop advancements in cutting edge designing, modeling, and testing explosives that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.
- Serve as organization spokesperson by Laboratory management and/or external advisor by sponsors and serve on external scientific or technical committees.

- Master's degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent level of education and related experience.
- Significant experience and expert knowledge in designing, modeling, and testing explosive systems, designing either electrical or mechanical components and systems.
- Significant experience with the operational and production processes related to the NSC-KCP, Pantex, Sandia National Laboratories, and Los Alamos National Laboratory sites within the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
- Effective organizational skills, knowledge, and experience with project management tools and techniques, including work planning, scheduling, cost estimating, analyzing and managing financial data, and project reporting.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and to promote and maintain productive relationships across directorates, with other laboratories, and with other external entities.
- Effective leadership, interpersonal skills, and supervisory skills to lead personnel, write performance appraisals, and actively participate in ranking sessions.
- Working knowledge of Laboratory policies and practices and applicable NNSA orders.
- Ability to travel.
In Addition at the SEL.5 Level
- Extensive experience and ability to lead and develop positions on cutting-edge technologies.
- Extensive experience and expert technical knowledge to address advancements in designing, modeling, and testing explosives that may have impact beyond the Laboratory.

Desired Qualifications
- PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, or related field.
- Knowledge of detonation physics, high-speed optical and laser diagnostics, and current areas of initiation systems research and development.
- Knowledge of NNSA nuclear safety principles and NAP-24 quality requirements.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

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. 


Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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