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Chief Engineer, Energy & Homeland Security Program

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
17 Sep 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

$247,800 - $318,216 Annually

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 a Chief Engineer to support the Energy and Homeland Security (E) Program in the Global Security (GS) Principal Associate Directorate (PAD) Office. You will be responsible for managing the execution of a large portfolio of national security and energy projects. You will assist the Program Manager and Deputy Program Manager in implementing the program vision through efficient management and execution of the overall program and the development of organizational and program development strategies. You may have a direct technical role in one or more projects within the Program. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) and will be matrixed programmatically to the E Program Manager and the GS Principal Associate Director.

You will

  • Provide leadership and technical expertise in the management, planning, and support of activities associated with the E Program portfolio of national security and energy projects in collaboration with the E Program Manager and Deputy Program Manager.
  • Serve as a key member of the E Program Management Team and interface to NSED management to address workforce needs, safety, security, technical quality, standards, and project management.
  • Oversee tracking, budget, and reporting of program status to the E Deputy Program Manager and the GS Deputy for Strategy and Programs.
  • Promote disciplined project lifecycle execution through leadership of prestart, execution, and closeout reviews.
  • Mentor Principal Investigators (PIs) in the development of proposals, Statements of Work, project plans, and major procurement packages, in project risk assessments and responses, and in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policy.
  • Collaborate with other GS Chief Engineers in the development and implementation of project management and systems engineering tools and procedures.
  • Guide and provide strategic direction in establishing systems engineering processes for developing, verifying, and fielding project solutions that meet customer needs and requirements.
  • Provide program guidance and leadership through participation in safety reviews, facility safety walkthroughs, and Integrated Safety Management (ISM) work observations and promoting safe engineering practices in accordance with the Engineering Design Safety Standards.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelors in an Engineering discipline or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Extensive technical knowledge in one or more of the following areas in Energy and National Security: domestic power generation/distribution and grid security, energy and renewable energy generation and storage systems, critical infrastructure protection and security, autonomous vehicle/sensor systems, large-scale conflict simulations, software assurance for national security platforms, AI in the national security context, HPC modeling and simulation
  • Extensive experience in project management including organizing, managing, and tracking schedule, budget, and milestones for a portfolio of projects.
  • Extensive experience assessing project risk or developing controls for managing project risk.
  • Demonstrated initiative in leadership of technology development, analytical assessments, or projects.
  • Extensive experience implementing an Integrated Safety Management or an equivalent industry protocol and leading or participating in formal engineering design review processes.
  • Experience implementing the Engineering Design Safety Standards or an equivalent industry design standard.
  • Expert communication skills, both verbal and written, facilitation and collaboration skills necessary to interact effectively in a diverse research team environment, prepare proposal, deliver effective presentations, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • An active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency.
  • Masters or PhD in Engineering or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional and/or a Licensed Professional Engineer.
  • Experience interfacing with DOE, State of California, or Industrial Partners.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance. If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

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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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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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.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

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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