Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Program Director (PD) for Weapon Simulation & Computing (WSC)

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 107596
Job Code: Technical Manager 3 (TSM.3)
Date Posted: October 01 2020

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The Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate has an opening for a Program Director (PD) for Weapon Simulation & Computing (WSC). WCI is a complex, multi-discipline program directorate with a $1.5B annual funding portfolio supporting over 2000 employees. You will be a member of the WCI senior management team leading the WSC program area, including the development of the high performance computing (HPC) acquisition, deployment and utilization strategies, including the associated facility infrastructure, and the design, development, verification and validation of the specialist software required by WCI to ensure the successful long term delivery of WCI’s programs and projects. You will interact with WCI program personnel, high-level internal managers, partner laboratories, NNSA/DOE, external sponsors, partners & vendors, Laboratory support organizations, and LLNL senior managers. You will report to the WCI Principal Associate Director.


  • Understand the WCI, LLNL and national user community needs and ensure that WSC Program strategic planning, budgeting and execution meets the timely delivery of commitments to WCI, LLNL, NNSA, DOE and other customers.

  • Serve as the LLNL NA-114 Executive. In this capacity and as WSC PD, establish and maintain a positive, trusting relationship with NNSA HQ, NA-114 in particular, and be responsible for effectively representing LLNL concepts and issues with HQ leadership, and playing a driving role in the NNSA HPC strategy and execution.

  • Establish a broad set of positive relationships with the national HPC vendor community, and the DoE Office of Science community, and represent LLNL and NNSA goals, plans and interests with technical depth and authority.

  • Plan and envision HPC technological evolution and steer WSC investments to promote technological advancement to enable LLNL to stay a premier USA HPC center throughout the future decade

  • As a key member of the WCI senior management team, actively participate in establishing WCI program strategies and policies, and represent the WSC and WCI program to all internal and external stakeholders as required, including preparing and giving presentations

  • Develop and promote trusted partnerships and collaborations within LLNL, supporting the advancement and delivery of institutional computing and the health of the laboratory science and technology base.

  • Manage and develop a team of Senior WSC Management staff that foster a work environment that stimulates, broadens, and retains high-quality personnel while managing and communicating program objectives, accomplishments, and plans to the WSC workforce and internal and external stakeholders.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in physics or computing or a related technical field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.

  • Significant experience and expertise in computer technologies and experience or understanding of computational physics and engineering as it applies to WCI and the LLNL weapons program.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate with the national HPC vendor community, and other national laboratories, leading to win-win situations.

  • Extensive leadership and management experience in a high-technology research and development environment with extensive experience directing Technical Managers, including the ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work collaboratively toward programmatic, institutional and national goals.

  • Extensive experience in the development and implementation of strategic plans including the management of a significant technical portfolio and budget, balancing the needs of research, infrastructure, delivery, innovation and risk.

  • Expert analytical, problem solving, decision-making and organizational skills necessary to independently advise, recommend and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions.

  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management, government officials and other external stakeholders.

  • Extensive experience sustaining productive relationships with other divisions, directorates, laboratories, UC, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE and DoD enterprise, and external advisors and reviewers.

  • Experience in maintaining a strong safety and security culture in the workplace while simultaneously meeting programmatic and institutional deliverables and requirements.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with national-security policy issues and with Laboratory and external contacts working these issues.

  • Familiarity with LLNS and Department of Energy policies and procedures

  • Familiarity with the design and development of nuclear weapons and knowledge of WCI and the LLNL weapons program

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


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.