Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

International Security Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Global Security
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105917
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: August 13 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 an International Security Analyst to support our work on nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, with emphasis on international nuclear safeguards. As an integral member of an interdisciplinary team, you will support NNSA and other sponsors by assessing international nuclear security problems, formulating policy options, and implementing nonproliferation initiatives in the areas of human capital development, technology, and international engagement to strengthen nuclear safeguards and security capacity worldwide. This position is in the Nonproliferation and Arms Control group of the Global Security Principal Directorate’s Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program.
This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Under limited direction, collect, evaluate, and assess multiple sources of information related to sensitive and politically significant national and international security topics in nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, maintain keen awareness of current events and key developments relevant to the program’s areas of responsibility.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of policy options and initiatives and technical projects to strengthen nuclear safeguards capacity worldwide.
- Conduct analysis integrating information from multiple sources to prepare timely, high-quality written assessments, oral briefings, and other products on international safeguards, nonproliferation, arms control, and other international security topics.
- Communicate the findings from analytical research studies and present to U.S. Government sponsors, colleagues at DOE laboratories and U.S. government agencies, and other U.S. policy makers, traveling as necessary.
- Organize and participate in training courses, briefings, and other program-related events designed to strengthen participants’ knowledge and expertise in nuclear safeguards.
- Represent the organization internally and externally as a technical contact on projects in one or more assigned areas within nonproliferation and international security topics.
- Maintain required security in classified environments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Exert significant influence on technical objectives related to pressing international security issues with complex technical and policy components in the areas of nonproliferation, safeguards, and arms control.  Support the development and evaluation of advanced nuclear material accountancy and verification techniques in the context of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, arms control, and security applications.
- Define and develop a focused advanced research program in an assigned area that addresses critical policy questions on nonproliferation and international safeguards.
- Organize and participate in training courses and other interactions with foreign partners to strengthen their knowledge and expertise in nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation.
- Bachelor’s degree in physical science, engineering, international relations, political science, or other relevant discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant previous experience.
- Strong working knowledge of the IAEA and the IAEA safeguards system.
- Research experience in a field relevant to open source information analysis with an emphasis on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation.
- Broad understanding of the technical aspects of WMD and the policy context of international nonproliferation and arms control issues.
- Experience producing finished analytic work based on all available sources of information and under minimal direction.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
- Leadership and project management skills.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant previous post-MA/MS work experience in nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear safeguards and security, and advanced knowledge of regional politics and national security as they relate to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other WMD and corresponding control regimes.
- Advanced understanding of technical approaches used in nuclear material safeguards, arms control, and security areas, e.g. destructive and/or non-destructive assay, containment and surveillance, data management, etc.
- Experience developing new initiatives and project ideas in the area of nonproliferation and international security.
Desired Qualifications
- Expertise on the Middle East, North Africa, and/or Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience with technical R&D methods, e.g. knowledge of radiation transport codes (e.g. MCNP, GEANT), gamma-ray and neutron detection instrumentation, data analysis and interpretation techniques.
- Experience working at or with the IAEA, and/or NNSA, the Department of State, or other U.S. Government agencies involved in formulation and implementation of international nuclear security policies and initiatives.

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 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.