Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Analysis Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104316
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 Analysis Group Leader. The DTED Analysis Groups primarily provide system structural, thermal, and explosive effects analysis support to the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Program projects related to 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 for the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide technical, safety, and security leadership to Group personnel and activities and collaborate with project principals and group personnel in defining programmatic objectives.
- Assign work and remain cognizant of the technical goals, solution approaches, and progress of all group projects.
- Perform independent engineering analysis supporting WCI activities using expert level principles, theories, concepts, and techniques and lead engineering design reviews.
- Propose initiatives that improve DTED analysis efficiency and overall capability. Implement approved initiatives by assigning appropriate staff and monitoring progress toward improvement goals.
- Review computational hardware, software, and services used by the group, ensure quality, and help recommend and prioritize updates and improvements as needed.
- Serve as subject matter expert in analysis for the Program at meetings, briefings, design reviews, and committee activities both internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Propose and oversee the execution of sensitivity studies and design margin/uncertainty quantification studies as part of Program analysis 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 analyses and projects 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 Civil Engineering, or equivalent level of education and related experience.
- Significant experience with finite element methods for solving solid mechanics and/or heat transfer problems.
- Significant experience and expert knowledge of engineering analysis in some of the following areas: structural mechanics elasticity, plasticity, material constitutive behavior, failure mechanics, and/or rigid body mechanics and dynamics, heat transfer conduction, convection, and radiation, explosive material performance, formal design reviews, technical presentations, and safety behaviors.
- Significant experience applying PARADYN, NIKE, and TOPAZ software and familiarity with other developmental, government, or commercial tools such as ALE, DIABLO, Abaqus, and/or the Sandia Sierra code suite. Significant experience with explosive materials analysis, hydro-dynamics, and ALE3D.
- Ability to promote and maintain productive relationships across directorates, with other laboratories, and with personnel from external entities, using expert communication and collaboration skills, necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- 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 projects involving cutting-edge analytical capabilities.
- 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 impact beyond the Laboratory.

Desired Qualifications
- PhD in Mechanical or Civil Engineering with a focus on mechanical analysis.
- Experience in nuclear weapon system design, requirements, and materials.
- Proficiency with UNIX and experience with large FORTRAN codes and Python Programming.

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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