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Project Leader for the Deterministic Transport Project

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107228
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4)
Date Posted: June 22 2020

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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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Project Leader for the Deterministic Transport Project. The Deterministic Transport Project supports research and development of multiple discrete-ordinates deterministic transport codes investigating a wide range of transport applications including thermal radiative heat transfer and particle (neutrons and gammas) transport. The project consists of a multidisciplinary team comprised of ten staff members with broad areas of expertise ranging from Computer Science to Applied Mathematics. This position is in the Weapons Simulation and Computing (WSC) program and reports programmatically to the Associate Program Director for Computational Physics in WSC within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate.


  • Lead a multi-disciplinary technical team in the development of deterministic transport simulation capabilities.
  • Build and maintain effective collaborations across other WSC code projects, as well as user communities across WCI and Global Security. 
  • Participate in WSC/CP weekly program planning and coordination with roughly a dozen other project leaders.
  • Ensure that the needs of users of deterministic transport capabilities across the Weapons Program are being adequately addressed.
  • Build and maintain effective collaborations and working relationships with his/her counterparts at other national and international labs and academic institutions.
  • Assist in the recruiting for, and staffing of, the Deterministic Transport Project.
  • Serve on external scientific or technical committees often representing the organization as the primary technical contact, addressing technical knowledge advancements that have impact beyond the Laboratory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in physics or engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Expert working knowledge of transport physics.
  • Experience effectively leading and supervising others in a technical environment.
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills to interact in a technical team environment, represent group members, and communicate clearly with employees and stakeholders.
  • Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and/or institutional goals.



  • Experience working in a program supporting the Stockpile Stewardship Program.
  • Formal education and work experience in deterministic transport methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a technical team.
  • Established scientific contributions and external recognition, demonstrated by a publication record or other professional activities.

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.