Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nuclear Analyst

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106887
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: March 04 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 Analyst to join an interdisciplinary team conducting analysis of nuclear fuel cycle processes and their implications for the national security interests of the United States. You will apply a combination of technical expertise, critical thinking, and in-depth analysis of information from a variety of sources to provide assessments in support of customer objectives and mission. Note: candidates chosen for interview will be asked to submit a writing sample. The position will work programmatically within Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate’s Z Program and will administratively report to the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your skills. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Conduct moderately complex to complex research on sensitive, politically significant national security topics, to include nuclear fuel cycle processes and related technologies and maintain awareness of relevant current events and information in assigned areas.
- Contribute to the development of a focused national security research program in assigned areas that address key science and technology and policy questions, assist in identifying priorities, defining problems, and proposing analytic methodologies with limited direction.
- Identify priorities, define problems, propose moderately complex to complex analysis methodologies, collect and organize data, and write assessments in support of sponsor and other stakeholder objectives.
- Prepare moderately complex to complex intelligence assessments that adhere to intelligence community analytic standards.
- Present analytic findings as verbal briefings to sponsors and other stakeholders; may include some domestic and international travel.
- Contribute to the development of new program opportunities, including the definition and development of research proposals and interaction with potential sponsors and customers under limited direction.
- Maintain required security in a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) environment for information that is under the analyst’s direct control.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Represent the organization as a main point of contact on multiple complex intelligence related tasks and large projects, working effectively with conflicting priorities.
- Contribute advanced knowledge on national security issues to inform the development of complex strategies and plans to meet programmatic objectives.

- Bachelor’s degree in engineering (nuclear or chemical), relevant scientific discipline (chemistry, radiochemistry, physics, material science), or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
- Experience working with multidisciplinary teams to identify priorities, define problems, develop and carry out analytical approaches to gather and assess intelligence data, achieve moderately complex to complex project objectives; includes strength in partnering with outside organizations successfully, under limited direction.
- Experience working effectively under deadlines, reasoning effectively under broadly defined objectives and limited information, coordinating workload on multiple projects simultaneously, and meeting deadlines with conflicting priorities.
- Experience working with interdisciplinary teams across organizational work units, utilizing effective teamwork and customer service skills.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment, author moderately complex to complex technical analyses, and present technical information to external sponsors and customers.
- Ability to travel off-site, including potentially internationally, for sponsor and customer interaction.

In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Master’s degree in engineering (nuclear or chemical), relevant scientific discipline (chemistry, radiochemistry, physics, material science) or the equivalent combination of education and significant prior relevant experience.
- Experience delivering high-quality, impactful, and complex technical products.
- Advanced verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate with internal and external teams and advise senior management and external sponsors.

Desired Qualifications
- PhD in engineering (nuclear or chemical), relevant scientific discipline (chemistry, radiochemistry, physics, material science) or the equivalent combination of education and significant prior relevant experience.
- Comprehensive understanding and/or experience in industry of nuclear or chemical industry, in one or more of the following areas: equipment or plant design, process development, quality control, quality assurance, criticality safety, or hazardous/radioactive waste management or related technologies.
- Advanced knowledge and experience working within or with the U.S. intelligence community and/or military analyzing national security issues to include one or more of the following topics: foreign nuclear weapons programs, nuclear material processing, or related technologies.


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 $2.3 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.