Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 106808
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: February 24 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 Nuclear and Radiochemistry (NRC) Group Leader (GL). You will provide technical, operational, and administrative leadership for approximately 24 scientists, including 2 postdoctoral researchers. You will act internally as a subject matter expert and participate in the development of cutting-edge research and externally as a nationally recognized expert, evident from publication record, invited presentations, or service on national-level committees. You will report directly to the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences (NACS) Division Leader and be required to have programmatic funding to cover the majority of your time. This position is in the NACS Division within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

 This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level, depending on your qualifications. Additional job duties will be assigned at the higher level.

 Essential Duties
- Lead and provide technical guidance including scientific and programmatic direction, to a diverse group of scientists. Serve as primary point of contact for communications between group members, Division, Programs, and Directorate management.
- Collaborate with NACS and programmatic management to ensure program staffing needs are met and group members are considered for available programmatic assignments. Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Guide and provide strategic direction for research and technologies development projects advancing nuclear science and radiochemistry at LLNL; including LDRD-funded activities; champion the integration and implementation of new projects.
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Support management in attracting and retaining projects, programs, funding and staff. Mentor and coach group members to assist in their professional growth and advancement and ensure that they perform well on their programmatic assignments/missions.
- Execute performance management activities for group members managed within the NACS Division, including: writing appraisals and evaluations, participating in peer grouping, and providing input for salary management.
- Perform group-leader tasks including: generate listings for additional hires, interview and recommend candidates for hiring, resource balancing, coach and support group members administratively and technically regarding training and professional development, ensure mentoring of new employees. Responsible for budget and resource management to ensure projects are completed within budget.
- Conduct independent research, publish results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals. Serve on external scientific and/or technical committees, give presentations at national and international meetings, representing the Laboratory.
- Oversee the safe and effective use of radiochemical laboratories. Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Safeguards and Security Management, compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity, and equal opportunity.
Additional Duties at the SEL.5 Level
- Maintain a close interface with internal and external program managers to ensure effective scientific support; interact with programmatic sponsors within the Laboratory and with external funding agencies.
- Serve on external scientific and/or technical committees; give presentations at national and international meetings representing the Laboratory; represent the NACS division when required.

Qualifications
- PhD in Radiochemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Nuclear Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience and subject matter expertise in nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, and nuclear physics.
- Significant experience developing and sustaining research and development capabilities. Experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects. Substantial experience in developing new scientific programs and research proposals for internal (e.g., LDRD, ISCP) and external funding.
- Expert knowledge of LLNL's matrix organizational structure and its major programmatic and multidisciplinary elements, and experience achieving scientific excellence in a mission-oriented culture.
- Expert leadership skills and experience supervising others in a technical environment. Experience working effectively in teams and with individuals with diverse backgrounds to achieve institutional and programmatic goals. Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Significant experience working effectively as part of a team on behalf of the Division, Directorate, and Laboratory.
- Expert organizational, decision-making, communication, managerial, and leadership skills.
- Expert written and verbal communication, facilitation and collaboration skills, necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Ability to travel to national and international meetings.  
Additional Qualifications at the SEL.5 Level
- Extensive experience leading large and multidisciplinary teams and managing multi-year projects.
- Extensive technical leadership and/or management experience in a research and development. environment, including project or program planning, budget and personnel administration.
- Nationally recognized expert in one or more areas of nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, or nuclear physics.
Desired Qualifications
- In-depth knowledge of one or more program sponsors, the WCI Program PAD, and the GS Program PAD.
- Familiarity with NACS Division personnel and projects.
- Experience in dealing with program sponsors and proposal preparation.

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 $2.3 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.

 

 

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