Associate Program Leader for Fundamental Science

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for Fundamental Science (FS) in the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (NCTCP) Program. In this role, you will support NCTCP's mission to provide timely, credible assessments, capabilities, and products to inform operations and policy that enable all aspects of U.S. Government nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions. The Fundamental Science program area consists of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team that utilizes expertise in theory and model development, computational and experimental methods, material science, nuclear physics, and explosives to deliver the physical models and data that underpin NCTCP's assessments and capability development for our partners' missions. As the APL for FS, you will be responsible for staffing and mentoring, ensuring consistency and quality, and enabling delivery of technical products for materials science, explosives, and neutronics work across the NCTCP portfolio. You will work closely with technical leads across NCTCP and play a key role in setting program strategy and direction, prioritizing resources to deliver new and deployable capabilities, and reporting progress and milestones. The APL for FS will serve as NCTCP's primary point-of-contact to Physical and Life Sciences' divisions, including Materials Science, Nuclear and Chemical Sciences, and Physics, and will enable integration with the broader PLS, WCI, and GS communities. As part of the NCTCP leadership team, you will work with the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and other APLs to enable and sustain a culture of integration, inclusion, and innovation throughout the program.

This position is within the Global Security Principal Directorate's Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program and will programmatically report to the Program Leader (PL) for NCTCP. This is a jointly funded position through Global Security and 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.

In this role you will

  • Provide expert technical leadership, managerial and budgetary oversight, and quality assurance for core experimental and material model development activities within the broader NCTCP portfolio. Serve as an interface and coordinate with stakeholders both internal and external to LLNL.
  • Integrate independent fundamental science activities into a single efficient portfolio of work supporting multiple stakeholders, while facilitating effective integration of these efforts into specific NCTCP mission areas. Support experimental activities through coordination with internal and external facilities.
  • Lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of scientific and support staff to apply fundamental science expertise and to deliver technical products for NCTCP applications. Facilitate integration across NCTCP as part of the leadership team, fostering collaboration and teamwork.
  • Materially contribute as a technical expert within the FS and broader NCTCP portfolio. Identify, guide, and develop new programmatic and research opportunities within the NCTCP mission area.
  • Provide career development support to new and existing staff, including mentoring, on a variety of topics ranging from specific technical areas to project/program management and leadership.
  • Support the Program Leader (PL), Deputy PL (DPL) and technical leads in the development of strategic and program plans, annual budgeting, and execution, while balancing programmatic priorities, resource availability, staffing, security, and safety.
  • Serve as the point of contact (POC) between NCTCP and Physical and Life Sciences' materials Science, Nuclear and Chemical Sciences, and Physics Divisions for workforce needs, including hiring, mentoring, and career development.
  • In conjunction with NCTCP program leadership, develop, enable, and implement review processes for experimental activities within FS. Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards including reviewing, coordinating, and approving deliverables, presentations, and publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SEL.5 level

  • Develop and integrate innovative cross-cutting capabilities and advancements for fundamental science tools serving multiple programmatic missions.
  • Influence strategic vision and implementation plans for senior management and external stakeholders to meet the broad needs of U.S. counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions.
  • Champion new processes and cultivate relationships for personnel recruiting, training, mentoring, development, and retention. Encourage and enable integration of staff across varying programmatic areas of NCTCP, N Program, and the larger GS and LLNL communities.
  • Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with external organizations, including academic institutions, national laboratories, government agencies, and experimental facilities.
  • Initiate and mature concepts for complex integrated or hydrodynamic experiments, driving and implementing such experiments consistently with strategic vision for counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions.

  • Master's degree in physical science, engineering, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated advanced expertise in one or more areas related to fundamental or experimental science, including physics, chemistry, materials science, or engineering.
  • Highly advanced leadership, communication, and team-building skills to lead collaborative, multi-discipline teams and represent NCTCP/FS activities to internal and external stakeholders and all levels of management.
  • Substantial experience managing multiple projects of evolving and varying priority, including advanced delegation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a diverse, inclusive environment for the FS team(s) to achieve programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Significant experience cultivating successful and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Ph.D. in physical science, engineering, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced ability to develop innovative concepts and to provide expert leadership, management, technical vision, and strategic planning for core nuclear design and assessment activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and enable opportunities for integration, collaboration, and program development with the internal LLNL Science and Technology community, as well as the broad external research and development weapons and CT/ non-proliferation communities.
  • Expert-level leadership and communication skills to provide guidance and support for senior management decisions and planning processes.

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We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for Fundamental Science (FS) in the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation (NCTCP) Program. In this role, you will support NCTCP's mission to provide timely, credible assessments, capabilities, and products to inform operations and policy that enable all aspects of U.S. Government nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions. The Fundamental Science program area consists of a diverse, multi-disciplinary team that utilizes expertise in theory and model development, computational and experimental methods, material science, nuclear physics, and explosives to deliver the physical models and data that underpin NCTCP's assessments and capability development for our partners' missions. As the APL for FS, you will be responsible for staffing and mentoring, ensuring consistency and quality, and enabling delivery of technical products for materials science, explosives, and neutronics work across the NCTCP portfolio. You will work closely with technical leads across NCTCP and play a key role in setting program strategy and direction, prioritizing resources to deliver new and deployable capabilities, and reporting progress and milestones. The APL for FS will serve as NCTCP's primary point-of-contact to Physical and Life Sciences' divisions, including Materials Science, Nuclear and Chemical Sciences, and Physics, and will enable integration with the broader PLS, WCI, and GS communities. As part of the NCTCP leadership team, you will work with the Program Leader, Deputy Program Leader, and other APLs to enable and sustain a culture of integration, inclusion, and innovation throughout the program.

This position is within the Global Security Principal Directorate's Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program and will programmatically report to the Program Leader (PL) for NCTCP. This is a jointly funded position through Global Security and 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.

In this role you will

  • Provide expert technical leadership, managerial and budgetary oversight, and quality assurance for core experimental and material model development activities within the broader NCTCP portfolio. Serve as an interface and coordinate with stakeholders both internal and external to LLNL.
  • Integrate independent fundamental science activities into a single efficient portfolio of work supporting multiple stakeholders, while facilitating effective integration of these efforts into specific NCTCP mission areas. Support experimental activities through coordination with internal and external facilities.
  • Lead and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of scientific and support staff to apply fundamental science expertise and to deliver technical products for NCTCP applications. Facilitate integration across NCTCP as part of the leadership team, fostering collaboration and teamwork.
  • Materially contribute as a technical expert within the FS and broader NCTCP portfolio. Identify, guide, and develop new programmatic and research opportunities within the NCTCP mission area.
  • Provide career development support to new and existing staff, including mentoring, on a variety of topics ranging from specific technical areas to project/program management and leadership.
  • Support the Program Leader (PL), Deputy PL (DPL) and technical leads in the development of strategic and program plans, annual budgeting, and execution, while balancing programmatic priorities, resource availability, staffing, security, and safety.
  • Serve as the point of contact (POC) between NCTCP and Physical and Life Sciences' materials Science, Nuclear and Chemical Sciences, and Physics Divisions for workforce needs, including hiring, mentoring, and career development.
  • In conjunction with NCTCP program leadership, develop, enable, and implement review processes for experimental activities within FS. Maintain and ensure appropriate quality standards including reviewing, coordinating, and approving deliverables, presentations, and publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities at the SEL.5 level

  • Develop and integrate innovative cross-cutting capabilities and advancements for fundamental science tools serving multiple programmatic missions.
  • Influence strategic vision and implementation plans for senior management and external stakeholders to meet the broad needs of U.S. counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions.
  • Champion new processes and cultivate relationships for personnel recruiting, training, mentoring, development, and retention. Encourage and enable integration of staff across varying programmatic areas of NCTCP, N Program, and the larger GS and LLNL communities.
  • Cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships with external organizations, including academic institutions, national laboratories, government agencies, and experimental facilities.
  • Initiate and mature concepts for complex integrated or hydrodynamic experiments, driving and implementing such experiments consistently with strategic vision for counterterrorism and counterproliferation missions.
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  • Master's degree in physical science, engineering, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated advanced expertise in one or more areas related to fundamental or experimental science, including physics, chemistry, materials science, or engineering.
  • Highly advanced leadership, communication, and team-building skills to lead collaborative, multi-discipline teams and represent NCTCP/FS activities to internal and external stakeholders and all levels of management.
  • Substantial experience managing multiple projects of evolving and varying priority, including advanced delegation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a diverse, inclusive environment for the FS team(s) to achieve programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Significant experience cultivating successful and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Ph.D. in physical science, engineering, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced ability to develop innovative concepts and to provide expert leadership, management, technical vision, and strategic planning for core nuclear design and assessment activities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and enable opportunities for integration, collaboration, and program development with the internal LLNL Science and Technology community, as well as the broad external research and development weapons and CT/ non-proliferation communities.
  • Expert-level leadership and communication skills to provide guidance and support for senior management decisions and planning processes.

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