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We have multiple openings for Explosives Research Experiment Leads to lead experimental activities, under general direction, involving the use of high explosives and other energetic materials, supporting the stewardship of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, conventional weapons design, counterterrorism efforts, and commercial partnerships. Your primary responsibility is the safe and successful execution of experiments in the High Explosive Application Facilities (HEAF). You will be responsible for many aspects of the experiment including, but not limited to, experimental design, safety and performance margin and uncertainty calculations, acting as an interface between the principal investigator and the operations team, providing intent and guidance in experimental conduct, and leading the test effort through all phases of the experiment (pre-during-post). In addition, you will prepare packages of pre- and post-experiment reports with pertinent data analysis and interpretation. These positions are in Physical & Life Sciences (PLS), supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
In this role you will
Additional duties at the SES.2 Level
Use independent judgement to prioritize, manage, and oversee multiple parallel experiments at different stages of development including the arming and firing of these experiments.
Identify, advocate and facilitate the addition of moderately complex to complex diagnostics and data analysis techniques for explosively driven experiments.
Collaborate with engineers and physicists to develop and integrate new capabilities. Independently provide technical input requiring careful planning and execution in concert with effective teamwork.
Present and disseminate comprehensive research results to sponsors to document experiment and results, in open and classified environments, and monitor moderately complex to complex experiment costs and schedule performance.
Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
BS in chemistry, materials science, engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Familiarity with knowledge of physics, engineering, mechanical, aerospace or nuclear engineering
Experience performing hands-on experimental science, working around explosives and/or other energetic materials and using computer aided design tools and standard office computer tools.
Experience managing a project timeline including other personnel in a team environment.
Self-motivated with the initiative to address challenging problems, and innovative skills to identify/develop creative solutions.
Experience working effectively independently and in a multi-disciplinary, team-research environment to achieve goals. Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence necessary to work effectively with a wide range of personalities.
Sufficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to explain, negotiate and advise on experimental design and the interpersonal skills to communicate and work in both one-on-one and team environments.
Ability to become a qualified explosives handler.
Additional qualifications at the SES.2 Level
Qualifications We Desire
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment. Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position. If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.
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LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.
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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.
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.
Pre-Placement Medical Exam
A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.
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