Chemistry and Materials Science Lead for W80-4

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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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

$231,150.00 - $296,868.00 Annually for 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 a Chemistry & Materials Science Leader to work with PLS, WTE, WPD and WCI leadership to coordinate and guide LLNL’s chemistry and materials efforts for the W80-4 Life Extension Program. You will work with programmatic and line management to oversee the materials maturation, manufacturing, and aging and compatibility for the W80-4 program while building and strengthening connections and collaborations with production agencies. This position is in the Materials Science Division, and reports to the Associate Program Director for Materials, Manufacturing and Diagnostics and to the LLNL W80-4 Program Manager.

You will



  • Oversee and track execution of W80-4 funded technical work in the area of materials chemistry and material science.
  • With W80-4 program leadership communicate progress in technical work with stakeholders.
  • Provide scientific and programmatic leadership in materials science and engineering, chemistry, and physical science to the W80-4 program and their Product Realization Teams.
  • Work with WCI program leadership and Program Directors to align and strengthen capabilities to ensure strong support of programs and deliverables.
  • Coordinate and partner with other NNSA research and development portfolio managers to effectively realize material insertion opportunities.
  • Create and sustain a collaborative culture to enable effective partnerships to advance the W80-4 program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.








  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.
  • PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Metallurgical Sciences, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Expert level experience in applying chemistry and material science expertise to NNSA Stockpile Stewardship programs; with prior experience with a life extension program highly desirable.
  • Expert level experience balancing complex, overlapping, and competing priorities.
  • Significant experience in planning, budgeting, and executing large, multisite development efforts with demonstrated experience in Earned Value Management and Risk Management.
  • Significant experience creating and sustaining collaborations with distributed partners.
  • Significant experience building and managing multi-disciplinary teams that need to execute missions across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Ability to identify technical gaps and provide solutions.
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills, specifically the ability to explain and present highly complex ideas, as well as to communicate effectively with subordinates, peers, and leadership at multiple levels, especially to those without extensive technical expertise in chemistry and materials science.


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 an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active 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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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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