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LLNL Nuclear and Analytical Division Leader

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The Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate has an opening for a Division Leader (DL) for the Nuclear and Analytical Science Division (NASD). This visionary leader should have a proven track record of scientific accomplishments, advocacy, and commitment to technical, programmatic, and operational excellence. The successful candidate should have a significant history of technical leadership in the physical sciences including experience leading complex programs and managing personnel. NASD is a newly constituted scientific research organization of approximately 190 staff members, including 20 postdocs. The NASD DL will oversee $25M of programs and projects, including sponsored research, institutionally supported activities, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. Division staff members support the Laboratory’s programs in Global Security, Stockpile Stewardship, the National Ignition Facility, as well as programs funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and various non-DOE sponsors. The research activities of the Division include nuclear and particle physics, radiochemistry, forensic and isotopic signatures to support LLNL’s science and security missions. The Division Leader develops, directs, and supervises the technical activities of the Division, and has responsibility for fiscal, personnel, safety, and security management. It is the responsibility of the DL to ensure that the Division remains relevant to the Laboratory’s mission and sustains its scientific excellence. The Division Leader also participates in strategic planning for and management of the PLS Directorate as a key member of the Associate Director’s senior management staff. The Division Leader will oversee Directorate programs and investments in nuclear and isotopic science and technology; represent the Directorate to pertinent sponsors, Lab management, other organizations within LLNL, and the external science community; and conduct strategic planning and implementation for future nuclear and isotopic sciences directions and efforts for PLS. This position will report to the Associate Director for Physical and Life Sciences.


  • Manage ~16 direct reports and all Division personnel through technical staff leaders, ensuring an effective system for recruiting and hiring high quality scientific staff, and training and developing the existing staff.
  • Articulate the missions and develop the strategic plan for the Division that defines its core capabilities and future directions.
  • Plan and oversee research and development activities in the Division in multiple research areas and ensure the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of underlying core competencies.
  • Oversee performance management and evaluation of all Division staff. This includes ongoing training and career development activities, yearly performance appraisals, ranking, and salary management.
  • Oversee research commitments, program resources and multiple budgets including DOE, external programs, and internal science funding, ensuring compliance with applicable Laboratory and DOE fiscal policies and practices.
  • Collaborate with leaders of other LLNL organizations to establish business plans for program development and identify Divisional staffing needs for current and future Laboratory programs.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with sponsors of NASD programs; foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities, including other DOE national laboratories and other US government agencies.
  • Interact with the DOE Office of Science Program Managers and LLNL Program Leaders in support of LLNL’s science and security missions as they relate to NASD.
  • Responsible for the general oversight and personal commitment to the goals of Integrated Safety Management System, security policies, and compliance with all ES&H regulations, good business practices, diversity and equal opportunity.


  • PhD in science or engineering field relevant to nuclear science, isotope science, high-energy physics, radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, or related field, or equivalent level of demonstrated knowledge.
  • Technical expertise in one or more areas of nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, high-energy physics, radiochemistry, environmental radiochemistry, radiation detection and nuclear measurement, nuclear nonproliferation and security, geosciences, astrophysics and cosmochemistry.
  • Proven record of scientific creativity, achievement and leadership, as documented in publications, conference proceedings, and professional recognition.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills necessary to direct an organization, lead innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors.
  • Extensive experience developing, managing and evaluating programs, projects and personnel in a technically diverse organization.
  • Extensive experience managing financial activities, ensuring program and overhead accounts are properly maintained and overseen according to LLNL and DOE fiscal policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals.
  • Extensive supervisory experience and leadership skills, including experience in development and implementation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management; demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations, and communicate them to customers and division employees.
  • Experience ensuring that security, ES&H, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple tasking and deadlines.
  • Experience interacting effectively at high levels with internal and external organizations and constituencies.
  • Experience interacting with one or more of the following DOE Office of Science Programs: Nuclear Physics, High Energy Physics, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research.
  • Ability to travel to national and international programmatic and scientific meetings.


  • Demonstrated understanding of a diverse laboratory and national research environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
  • Familiarity with programs and core capabilities relevant to NASD.
  • Familiarity with DOE/NNSA programs and oversight of FFRDCs.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam: None required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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.

LLNL is an affirmative an 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, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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