Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nonproliferation Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Global Security
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104347
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: October 11 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 multiple openings for nonproliferation analysts. You will be part of a team responsible for all-source research and analysis related primarily to the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, delivery systems, and related materials. This work will focus on providing officials at the Department of Energy with timely, concise, and relevant information regarding potential national security risks associated with proposed exports of sensitive dual-use U.S.-origin technology. These positions are in the Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) program within Global Security Principal Directorate’s Z Program.

These positions will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.


- Conduct all-source research on foreign entities and/or national security-related topics of limited complexity.
- Prioritize and assess the credibility of information collected during research phase and under general direction use it to prepare time sensitive written analyses that are concise, relevant, and sourced .
- Produce timely, high quality, written analyses or briefings related to nonproliferation and export control policy issues, working  independently or as a member of a team.
- Maintain an awareness and understanding of current U.S. government national security priorities, initiatives, developments, and other pertinent information for assigned areas, principally nonproliferation and U.S. export controls.
- Participate in trainings, briefings, or other program-related events, including contributing to meetings with sponsors, other DOE Laboratories, and U.S. government agencies, traveling occasionally.
- Responsible for ensuring appropriate security requirements are met for all levels of classified/unclassified information under direct control.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Independently develop nonproliferation-related proposals for analytical papers for U.S. government agencies.
- Serve as an assigned program-related point of contact for a specified area, providing guidance, information and training for other team members.
- Use independent judgment to determine methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to contribute to research processes and fulfill project and organizational goals and recommend improvements.

- Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations or other related discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Fundamental knowledge and understanding of the primary functions, authorities, and nonproliferation and export control-related roles of U.S. government national security agencies and departments (e.g., intelligence community, Departments of Energy, Defense, State, and Homeland Security).
- Knowledge of nonproliferation and national security issues as they relate to proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) via state and non-state actors.
- Knowledge of international nonproliferation-focused treaties and regimes that form the basis for WMD-related laws and norms.
- Experience searching, managing, and analyzing information on various platforms, including open source and intelligence.
- Experience working within a team supporting a single mission effectively.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Experience using independent judgment within the scope of the position using fundamental knowledge to solve problems, while adhering to defined practices and procedures.

- Comprehensive knowledge of nonproliferation treaties, export controls, and WMD-related sanctions.
- Broad experience working independently or as a member of a team to produce finished analyses related to national security issues.
- Experience successfully meeting project objectives, working independently and collaboratively with  team members or peers.

- Master of Science, Master of Arts, or PhD degree in political science, international relations, relevant scientific or engineering discipline.
- Experience working for the U.S. government in intelligence or national security focused policy areas.
- Experience preparing and discussing classified analyses or briefings for U.S. government officials.


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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.
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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:  This listing has four openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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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