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Division Leader, Materials Engineering Division Join us and make
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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we
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We have an opening for a Division Leader to lead the Materials
Engineering Division (MED). MED is a research, development, and
production organization of 450 staff members dedicated to
mission-focused research and technical support of Laboratory
programs. You will lead and manage the execution of programs and
projects that include institutionally funded and externally
sponsored cutting-edge research, as well as the translation of
leading-edge capabilities to support the National Security missions
of LLNL. You will be responsible for the successful demonstration
and application of a broad range of production and experimental
capabilities, including manufacturing engineering, materials
testing and characterization, nondestructive evaluation,
micro/nanofabrication of electronic, mechanical, and optical
devices and advanced materials fabrication and processing. You will
develop and maintain enduring partnerships with the Laboratory's
programs and other organizations that support these programs, to
ensure that MED remains relevant to the Laboratory’s mission. In
addition to technical leadership and management, you will develop a
diverse and inclusive workforce, recruit and retain critical
skills, implement cost-effective recharge structures and, plan and
execute institutional facility and equipment acquisition projects.
This position will report to the Associate Director for Engineering
and will be a part of the Engineering Directorate’s core management
- Provide leadership, vision and direction to Division
personnel; establish and articulate a strategy for maintaining core
capabilities and identifying future directions for the Division
that ensure effective integration with and responsiveness to
Engineering and Laboratory program needs.
- Champion and develop Division staff to research innovative,
relevant technologies; establish standards for scientific and
engineering excellence for research and development activities;
increase the national recognition of Engineering's research and
development accomplishments; encourage active participation in
professional organizations and national or international
- Manage and develop a strong relationship with the internal and
external customer base and encourage utilization of sound project
management principles in the execution of projects.
- Establish direction and provide oversight of Laboratory
Directed Research & Development (LDRD) projects and technology
development activities in the Division, and contribute to the
development of the Directorate's overall R&D portfolio.
- Maintain the Laboratory’s core capabilities in Manufacturing
and Materials Engineering through responsible fiscal management of
the MED Service Center; ensure that Service Center operational
costs are equitably distributed across a Laboratory-wide
- Direct institutional resources toward strategic investments in
infrastructure that benefit all programs, integrating short and
long-term programmatic needs; strategically guide Laboratory
facility and equipment investments to enhance productivity, safety
and security in 195,000 sf of laboratories, clean room and
- Lead the recruiting, hiring and career development of a
diverse set of engineering talent, outstanding innovators, and
world-class researchers; provide direction and oversight for
personnel administration activities including performance reviews,
performance management, appraisals, ranking, and salary
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials
Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other branch of
engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant
knowledge and experience.
- Extensive experience managing and leading a technical
organization, including knowledge of strategic planning,
organizational dynamics, workforce planning processes, budget, and
- Significant experience in personnel management, encompassing
supervision, performance management, and career development.
- Significant intellectual leadership and extensive working
knowledge and skills in one or more of the core capabilities that
comprise the Division.
- Exceptional innovation skills, including ability to integrate
ideas, technologies, and concepts to create compelling new
solutions to meet LLNL mission needs.
- Expert problem-solving, analytical, technical, organizational,
operational and management skills necessary to define issues and
challenges, and independently advise, recommend, and approve
appropriate actions and implement solutions.
- Extensive experience attracting and hiring extraordinary
individuals to support novel technology development, transition of
technologies to programs, and serve in program leadership
- Strong commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive
workforce and leading cultural change.
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with
extensive experience effectively interacting with government,
laboratory, university, and industry personnel and influencing the
development of long-term goals and objectives.
- PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, or other branch of engineering, or an
equivalent combination of education and relevant knowledge and
experience. Track record of achieving and publishing results in
research and development.
- Experience working with DOE or other relevant government
agencies, comprehensive understanding of Laboratory policies and
procedures, working knowledge of Laboratory financial policies and
practices, and experience with Service Center fiscal models.
- Broad knowledge of and experience with the major Laboratory
programs and the LDRD process.
Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement
medical examination may be required.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for
this position will be required to 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.
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
Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees
and external candidates may be considered for this position.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the
San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science
laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's
mission is strengthening national security by developing and
applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering
that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical
excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The
Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion,
employing approximately 6,900 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ 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, gender identity,
disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age,
citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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