Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, technological change appears to be accelerating. It is certainly delivering new military capabilities of strategic consequence. The United States and its allies are interested in reaping the disruptive benefits of such technologies. But they are also interested in ensuring there are no serious or dangerous new risks of military competition in these new technology sectors. Thus they seek to understand those risks and to develop, where possible, strategies to eliminate or mitigate such risks. These factors point to the need to better understand these technologies, individually and as a group; to better understand their potential military relevance for the United States (and its allies and partners) and for U.S. adversaries; to carefully determine the means and ends of competition for strategic gain; and to craft strategies that offer some promise of eliminating or mitigating risks. This CGSR fellowship explores the impact of technological change on the security of the United States and its allies and partners and was created to advance thinking on this broad agenda and to further develop relevant communities of interest. This position is in the Center for Global Security Research.

Essential Duties
– Conduct research on politically significant national security topics, particularly the impact of technological change on the security of the United States, its allies and partners.
– Design and implement a study on the strategic security impact of technological change in the context of current global political conditions and increasingly integrated spheres of strategic deterrence and influence (i.e. nuclear, cyber, space).
– Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE and broader international security community and/or at conferences.
– Respond effectively to the needs of CGSR and other LLNL managers with timely, high quality, finished analyses for presentation or publication.
– Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
– Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

– Recent PhD in Political Science, International Relations, the physical sciences, engineering or a related field.
– Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: writing for policymakers, analysis of technical issues in international security, experience in U.S. foreign affairs in the executive or legislative branch.
– Experience effectively conducting independent research.
– Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment to achieve results in a timely manner.
– Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
– Attention to detail and rigorous logic skills.
– Experience developing and presenting independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.

Desired Qualifications
– Experience with working with technical staff in the physical sciences and engineering.

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.

Anticipated Clearance Level: None.

Note: This is a one-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 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.