Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Program Leader for Nuclear Detection Systems

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technical Management
Organization:  Global Security
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 107591
Job Code: Technical Manager 1 (TSM.1)
Date Posted: October 15 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 Program Leader for the Nuclear Detection Systems (NDS) Program within the Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program.  You will collaborate with a dynamic team of program leaders, collaborators, sponsors, scientists, and engineers to manage the development and execution of strategic initiatives to support nuclear threat reduction.  The NDS Program’s focus is the application of the Laboratory’s expertise in nuclear science, technology development, and field deployment to contribute to countering the spread of nuclear weapons or radiological-nuclear terrorism.  This position programmatically reports to the N Program Manager within the Global Security organization and will be hired though the relevant discipline.
Essential Duties
- Manage the development and execution of a broad portfolio of projects and programs including nuclear and radiological materials detection, discrimination, countermeasures, and data fusion of multi-phenomenology distributed systems. Responsibilities include new program development while directing current research and managing large budgets (i.e. ~$12-15M). 
- Serve as a senior member of N Program’s leadership team, collaborate and attend regular meetings with managers and leaders from across the organization, and participate in strategic plan development and implementation to fulfill LLNL’s nuclear threat reduction strategy to meet the needs of the nation.
- Develop and foster long-lasting relationships with sponsors from the Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Intelligence Community (IC), and other agencies to identify and understand national requirements as they relate to current and/or future programs and goals.  
- Manage and mentor a diverse staff of scientific, technical and support personnel; this includes delegating assignments via technical managers and leads, establishing workplans, performance management and determining staffing requirements.
- Promote and maintain a positive image of the Laboratory and strong internal/external customer relationships by ensuring project and program objectives and commitments are met successfully.
- Cultivate effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with universities and external industry to meet the strategic needs of current and future programs.  Utilize these partnerships to foster a pipeline of workforce talent, projects, technology, and educational advancement.
- Manage and coordinate NDS related proposal submissions for the Laboratory to ensure consistency, quality, and mission/vision alignment in partnership with other senior managers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ph.D. in a relevant technical field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, with advanced knowledge of nuclear materials fuel cycles, nuclear weapons physics and design, weapons engineering and testing, and with special focus on technologies associated with the detection of nuclear materials.
- Extensive experience developing detectors and algorithms to improve the detectability and discrimination of nuclear and radiological materials, working with data fusion for distributed multi-phenomenology sensor systems, and working with national nuclear and radiological detection, material security, and interdiction communities.
- Significant experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and effectively balancing complex technical and budgetary priorities.  Advanced program management skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver successful results.
- Significant experience with managerial practices related to performance reviews, salary management, and recognition and/or disciplinary actions. Experience managing issues that affect facility management, safety, and regulatory compliance effectively.
- Expert problem solving, analytical, technical, and organizational skills to independently advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions. Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively to lead, motivate, and build complex teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
- Experience cultivating successful and productive relationships with external clients/sponsors and the expert collaboration skills needed to effectively develop and sustain partnerships with other programs, directorates, laboratories, University of California, NNSA management, other institutions across the DOE, DoD, IC, and external advisors and reviewers.
- Demonstrated track record building or supporting diverse and inclusive teams.
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively.
- Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence all levels of management.


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.