Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Physics Division Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 105331
Job Code: Technical Manager 1 (TSM.1)
Date Posted: May 08 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Division Leader (DL) provide leadership, oversight and management of the Physics Division staff that support all major Laboratory programs, including WCI, NIF and Global Security, as well as programs funded by the DOE Office of Science and various non-DOE sponsors. You will oversee an estimated ~$40M of programs and projects, including sponsored research, institutionally supported activities, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. This position is in the Associate Director’s Office within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Provide overall leadership, direction, and technical oversight to the Physics Division to ensure an effective system for recruiting and hiring high quality scientific staff, and training and developing the existing staff.
- Articulate the missions and develop the strategic plan for the Division that defines its core capabilities and future directions.
- Plan and oversee research and development activities in the Division in multiple research areas and ensure the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of underlying core competencies.
- Oversee performance management and evaluation of all Division staff. This includes ongoing training and career development activities, yearly performance appraisals, ranking, and salary management.
- Oversee research commitments, program resources and multiple budgets including DOE, external programs, and internal science funding, ensuring all Laboratory and DOE fiscal policies and practices are followed.
- Develop business plans for program development and identify Divisional staffing needs for current and future Laboratory programs, collaborating with leaders of other LLNL organizations.
- Establish and maintain effective working relations with sponsors of Physics programs; foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities, including other DOE laboratories.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Physics or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, with technical expertise in one or more areas of physics.
- Record of scientific creativity, achievement and leadership, as documented in publications and professional recognition.
- Extensive experience developing, managing and evaluating programs, projects and personnel in a technically diverse organization.
- Extensive experience managing financial activities, ensuring program and overhead accounts are properly maintained and overseen according to LLNL and DOE fiscal policies and practices.
- Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Extensive supervisory experience, including experience in development and implementation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management; demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations, and communicate them to customers and performers.
- Experience interacting effectively at high level internal and external organizations and constituencies, with the ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple deadlines.
- Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, and problem-solving skills necessary to direct an organization, lead innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors.
Desired qualifications
- Demonstrated understanding of a diverse laboratory and national research environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
- Familiarity with programs and core capabilities relevant to Physics.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.