Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Deputy Associate Program Leader for Nuclear Materials

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106543
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Date Posted: December 23 2019

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Deputy Associate Program Leader for Nuclear Materials. You will lead a variety of special projects in the LLNL nuclear facilities (Superblock) including the design, installation, and testing of a collection of expanding activities that include plutonium and tritium process systems engineering, Downdraft Reconfiguration, Machining operations, the characterization and radiography equipment, Legacy Disposition, Glovebox Lines, E-Beam and laser welders, and other instruments and equipment. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), in support of the Nuclear Materials (NM) Program, within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Lead the development, management, and execution of work for Nuclear Materials programmatic projects and provide guidance to ensure the science and technical efficacy of the group.
- Collaborate with Nuclear Materials Technology Program (NMTP) programmatic engineers in design reviews, engineering support, and electrical support, in addition to working with project principals in defining work objectives.
- Provide technical, safety, and security leadership to a diverse set of design and installation activities housed within the Superblock.
- Monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones, lead corrective actions, and communicate program requirements in an effective and timely manner.
- Represent the program alongside the Nuclear Materials Engineering Associate Program Leader in developing budgets, tracking costs and market capabilities, and communicating with various stakeholders internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Assign work and remain cognizant of the technical goals and progress of group projects.
- Interact with program engineers and scientists, DOE staff, operations personnel, and with mid-level of management outside and within the Laboratory.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Expert level experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities in theory, design, and application of management practices to resolve technical engineering problems.
- Highly advanced leadership and team building skills, mature judgment, and the ability to approach and resolve difficult issues using creative problem-solving skills and decision-making techniques.
- Highly advanced interpersonal skills with the ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with tact and discretion.
- Expert level experience in mechanical engineering project leadership, including work planning, scheduling, cost estimating and reporting, and analyzing and managing a budget.
- Significant experience working with Plutonium, nuclear facilities, or a highly regulated radiological field to design systems and operations for rigorous work control process.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Desired Qualifications
- MS or PhD in Engineering or Physical Science, or related field.
- Working knowledge of applicable Department of Energy orders, national codes, and standards.
- Experience in materials processing and handling fissile materials in gloveboxes.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.