1+ months

Associate Program Leader for Explosives Detection and Transportation Security

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for Explosives Detection and Transportation Security (EDTS). You will lead a broad multi-disciplinary research and engineering team with responsibility for the growth, development, and execution of a project portfolio focused on mitigating threats to aviation security, critical infrastructure, and other assets of national security interest. You will nurture program and technology developments to develop and deliver assessments of risk and mitigation strategies to satisfy sponsor milestones. You will be a key member of the Defense Systems and Infrastructure Protection (DSIP) management team and will be expected to contribute broadly to the leadership and strategic objectives of the program. You will collaborate closely with other DSIP APLs to maintain and leverage the strategic alignment of program personnel and resources. This position will be in the DSIP Program within the Global Security Principal Directorates E Program. While this position is funded in part by Global Security, the majority of your assignment will be funded through direct programmatic work.

This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties

- Utilize technical expertise to attract and retain projects, programs, and funding. Actively engage with the programs principal investigators and sponsors to understand current program objectives and technical approaches. Anticipate future needs of current and potential sponsors and prepare research proposals to develop the technology required to meet those objectives.

- Facilitate solutions to complex problems and establish objectives. Provide leadership to the EDTS portfolio to ensure continued excellence in the technical work and maintain quality standards for deliverables, publications, and presentations. Manage the portfolio and collaborate with principal investigators to achieve the established goals and objectives within schedule and budget constraints.

- Develop an integrated strategy for the EDTS portfolio that leverages the strengths of LLNL and is consistent with the broader goals of DSIP and E Program. Actively participate in strategic planning for DSIP.

- Attract, retain, and develop high quality staff to support the EDTS portfolio in collaboration with counterparts, management, and matrix organizations.

- Increase the visibility and impact of LLNL by leveraging existing technology, programs, resources, and partnerships to develop new capabilities, applications, or discoveries that may result in new opportunities.

- Develop, maintain, and enhance engagement with current and potential sponsors, national laboratories, industrial and academic partners, technology leaders, and other stakeholders, traveling as required. Enhance the visibility of LLNLs work through engagement in appropriate venues and promote LLNLs skills, expertise, and technologies.

- Collaborate with the DSIP Program Leader to ensure coordination across the program. Represent LLNL at meetings with other national laboratories, academic and industrial partners, and government agencies.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SEL.5 Level

- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers. Champion new programs and cultivate relationships with U.S. Government sponsor leadership, providing input, influencing, developing, and/or refining new concepts to support EDTS, DSIP, and E Program priorities and promote LLNL skills, expertise, and technologies. Play an instrumental role in attracting and retaining projects, programs, funding, and staff.

- Serve as an organization spokesperson to LLNL management and/or external advisor to sponsors and serve on external scientific or technical committees. Represent LLNL at meetings and interface with leadership at other national laboratories and partners that have responsibilities for mitigating threats to aviation security, critical infrastructure, and other assets of national security interest.

- Lead and develop advancements in cutting edge principles, theories, concepts, and technologies. Responsible for high-level long-range goal setting and strategic planning.


- Masters degree in engineering, physical or computer science, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.

- Subject matter expertise and experience leading the research, development, and application of technologies related to: nondestructive material characterization methods, high explosives, computed tomography, blast effects on structures, and risk assessment.

- Experience maintaining, growing, and developing successful programs through proposal writing and sponsor engagement.

- Interpersonal skills and experience managing and leading a multi-disciplinary team, including motivating and collaborating with other personnel and the ability to perform a variety of unexpected tasks to achieve evolving project objectives.

- Expert level verbal and written communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors and regulators, including preparing and presenting proposals, reporting results, and partnering effectively with internal and external organizations.

In Addition at the SEL.5 Level

- Expertise to consistently develop and/or produce cutting-edge technical products and/or principles.

- Ability to consistently grow and lead programs for mitigating threats to aviation security, critical infrastructure, and/or other assets of national security interest.

- Extensive experience managing and leading R&D project portfolios.

Desired Qualifications

- Ph.D. in engineering, physical or computer science, or a related field.

- Experience and leadership roles with Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense technology development activities.

- Experience and leadership roles with international collaborations in threat assessments and risk mitigation.

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 willinitiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet 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 applyingcutting-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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.


Posted: 2019-10-03 Expires: 2019-12-05

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