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Biological Science and Security Associate Program Leader - Active L or Q Clearance Required

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
18 Jun 2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$206,490 - $318,216 Annually

$206,490 - $265,188 Annually at the SEL.4 level

$247,800 - $318,216 Annually at the SEL.5 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Associate Program Leader (APL) for the Biological Science and Security Program (BSS) within Global Security’s Z Program. This position will oversee and manage the Bioforensics and Genomic Sciences portfolio. Keeping the world safe from ever-changing biological national security threats through revolutionary advances in detection, characterization and mitigation is the focus of Biological Science and Security. You will provide technical leadership for the scientific staff while closely collaborating with the BSS Program Leader, Z Program Leaders, Global Security and Laboratory leadership to coordinate BSS Staffing and recruitment and to develop new research opportunities related to national security.

This position offers a hybrid schedule, blending in-person and virtual presence. You will have the flexibility to work from home one or more days per week.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will

  • Serve as a member of and interact regularly with the BSS leadership team, supporting the development and implementation of institutional objectives and goals while informing strategic decisions for senior laboratory management and external stakeholders.
  • Develop a national security human forensics and bioinformatics capability that utilizes LLNL’s technical leadership position in high performance computing and genomics.
  • Lead, manage, and coordinate Principal Investigators (PIs) and projects, ensuring that project deliverables are met on time and within budget while adhering to the highest standards of technical and analytical quality and fiscal management in accordance with all Laboratory safety and security requirements.
  • Provide strategic direction and identify and pursue program development opportunities for the BSS, including development of research proposals in collaboration with potential sponsors and customers.
  • Serve as a point of contact for relevant technical and policy areas associated with the program’s mission areas and sponsors as defined by the BSS Program Leader. Represent the program with sponsors and other U.S. Government (USG) organizations, traveling as necessary.
  • Ensure appropriate quality standards for reporting on complex projects, program deliverables, research, and development activities to include review, coordination, and approval of publications and presentations.
  • Oversee the planning and direct activities for staffing of program projects; manage program budget, allocate resources, determine qualifications standards, and attract, retain, recruit, and select staff with biological expertise.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Develop innovative concepts and provide technical knowledge for both analytic and scientific research and development activities; provide strategic decisions by senior management and external customers.
  • Present project accomplishments and meet customer expectations, as well as identify new opportunities, goals, and application areas by leading the development of proposals while interacting with senior program management. Provide recommendations for national strategic investment, as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement innovative analytical capabilities within the program and apply them against an expanding national security portfolio.
  • Brief senior management and senior U.S. Government policy experts on overall impact and approach of research programs.


  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance or active Top-Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at the time if hire.
  • Master’s degree in biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science or a closely related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of biological sciences and their relevance to national security issues and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
  • Significant experience managing, leading, and supervising multidisciplinary projects and teams and delivering subject matter expertise to external programmatic sponsors. Extensive experience in building, motivating and leading complex teams to work toward organizational goals.
  • Extensive experience formulating, developing, and executing projects that support national security.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively present, explain, and advise senior management and external sponsors and customers, including preparing and presenting proposals and reporting results.
  • Significant experience working in a classified environment with highly complex, multi-agency security requirements and with both classified and unclassified subject matter.
  • Extensive experience directly managing multi-million-dollar budgets and effectively balancing complex technical and budgetary priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in support of the program.

Additional qualifications, at the SEL.5 Level

  • PhD in biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant knowledge of and extensive experience leading, developing and executing science and technology projects or programs or performing assessments and analyses related to the national security aspects of biological sciences.
  • Extensive experience with programs and projects for National Security mission applications; understanding National Security mission requirements and related issues.
  • Technical knowledge of advancements and emerging technologies related to biological sciences that have global impact and the ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative principles, theories, and concepts.

Desired qualifications

  • Ability to clearly present findings to a diverse audience of national security personnel, scientists, and policy experts including senior government leadership.

Additional Information


Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance or an active Secret or Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

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Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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