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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, & Nuclear (CBRN) Defense & Energy Technologies - Center 8600 Director

Livermore, CA 94550
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Are you passionate about chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear energy technologies? Can you envision yourself building a diverse and hardworking team to explore creative solutions to some of the nations most unusual and unique problems?

We are seeking a motivated and innovative R&D, Director in the CBRN Defense & Energy Technologies Center comprised of three groups and thirteen departments with approximately 220 staff, technologists and postdocs working at three geographically distributed locations - Albuquerque, NM, Emeryville, CA and Livermore, CA. The selected Director will manage the work to perform exploratory science and develop technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center is bringing together an integrated suite of solutions for improved countermeasures against biological threats, alternative transportation fuels, and engineering sciences.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Build Sandia's scientific and technical capabilities in biology and engineering science to support and anticipate the needs of all of Sandia's program management units.
+ Develop strategy and vision for bioscience and engineering science for the Division and Laboratory by coordinating a team of department and senior managers to fulfill a range of operational and programmatic responsibilities, build partnerships between CA and NM organizations in bioscience and engineering science to strengthen Center programs, and create an organizational culture that promotes performing work safely and securely.
+ Perform a leadership role for Sandia's Bioscience Research Foundation and the Bioscience LDRD Investment Area.
+ Maintain strong Center relationships with the International, Homeland and Nuclear program management unit and the Energy, Climate and Infrastructure Security program management unit in support of the biological defense and energy programs in the Biological and Engineering Sciences Center.
+ Participate in and provide leadership for the Reducing Global Chemical and Biological Dangers and Secure and Sustainable Energy Future Mission Areas.
+ Develop a strategy and vision for Rad/Nuc initiatives in 8600 and partner with NM organizations to develop a roadmap for future program success.
+ Support technology maturation efforts through the Advanced and Exploratory Systems departments to design and develop threat informed future ND concepts and weapon architectures.
+ Cultivate a strong relationship with our LLNL partners for various mission related activities


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


+ Masters degree or above in biological sciences, physical sciences or a related field with 10 plus years of relevant experience; Or equivalent education and experience combined.
+ Eight or more years of managerial experience, including leading and directing managers and complex organizations.
+ Successful program development, particularly with relevant sponsors such as DOE, DoD, DHS, DTRA, NIH, NNSA, IARPA or DARPA.
+ Previous involvement in and proven ability to continually improve the Center's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.


+ PhD in biological sciences or related field.
+ Knowledge/experience with DOE, NNSA, DoD, DHS, and/or NIH sponsors.
+ Experience with Biological Select Agents and BSL-2 laboratory environments and associated regulations and protocols.
+ Experience working in nuclear security enterprise.
+ Extensive experience leading scientific research programs and in applying scientific research to strengthen the nation's security.
+ Demonstrated ability to build, energize, and lead large teams and programs across geographic, institutional, and organizational boundaries.
+ Proven ability to create and maintain a safe, secure, and effective environment for all work activities and employees.
+ Demonstrated effectiveness in leading and implementing business and organizational strategies as part of team to advance division goals and center specific goals.
+ Ability to obtain and maintain SCI level clearance.

Department Description:

Center 8600 performs exploratory science and develops technology to address pressing national needs in countering weapons of mass destruction, energy security, and nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center stewards critical capabilities in biosciences, radiation sciences and systems engineering in support of energy and national security missions. The center comprises three groups- two focused on bio energy and chemical and biological defense, one each in California and Albuquerque, NM; and the third focused on advanced and exploratory weapons engineering and radiation sciences. The center has ~225 personnel including staff scientists and engineers, technologists, postdoctoral fellows, and student interns distributed in 3 geographical locations- Albuquerque, Livermore and Emeryville. Key sponsors include the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration, the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the DHS, and Sandias LDRD program.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

Extraordinary co-workers

Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2021-02-12 Expires: 2021-03-15

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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