International Security Analyst

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Location
    Livermore, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 15

Position description

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

We have an opening for an international security analyst to support our work on nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, with emphasis on international nuclear safeguards. As an integral member of an interdisciplinary team, you will support NNSA and other sponsors by assessing international nuclear security problems, formulating policy options, and implementing nonproliferation initiatives, including international engagement to strengthen nuclear safeguards and security capacity worldwide.  You will integrate information from multiple sources into finished analyses and make formal verbal and written presentations to U.S. Government sponsors and other U.S. policy makers, and you will organize and participate in international safeguards training and outreach activities with foreign partners in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere. This position is in the Nonproliferation and Arms Control group of the Global Security Principal Directorate’s Nuclear Threat Reduction (N) Program.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Collect, evaluate, and assess multiple-source information related to sensitive, politically significant national security topic topics and maintain keen awareness of current events and key developments relevant to the program’s areas of responsibility.
- Prepare and present high-quality written assessments, oral briefings, and other products that communicate the findings from analytical research studies to sponsors and customers, traveling as necessary.
- Organize and participate in training courses and other interactions with foreign partners to strengthen their knowledge and expertise in nuclear safeguards and security.
- Represent the organization as a technical contact on projects in one or more assigned areas within nonproliferation and international security.
- Maintain required security in a classified environment for information that is under the analyst’s direct control.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition at the SES.3 level
- Exert significant influence on technical objectives related to pressing international security issues in the areas of nonproliferation, safeguards, and arms control with complex technical and policy components.
- Serve as the organization’s primary technical contact on for international safeguards engagement activities with regions for which LLNL has lead responsibility.
- Define and develop a focused advanced research program in an assigned area that addresses critical policy questions on nonproliferation and international safeguards.


- Master’s degree in international relations, political science, physical science, engineering, or other relevant discipline.
- Demonstrated ability to develop an effective understanding of the technical aspects of WMD and the policy context of international nonproliferation and arms control issues
- Significant research experience in a field relevant to open source information analysis with an emphasis on WMD proliferation.
- Experience producing finished analytic work based on all available sources of information and under minimal direction.
- Demonstrated advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to prepare comprehensive written analyses and make formal presentations that capture complex research results.
- Demonstrated leadership and project management abilities.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Several years or more of relevant post-MA/MS work experience on nuclear nonproliferation or nuclear safeguards and security.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in regional politics and national security as they relate to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other WMD and corresponding control regimes.  Advanced working knowledge of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the IAEA safeguards system.
- Significant experience and demonstrated expertise in the collection and analysis of information on foreign nuclear programs.

Desired Qualifications
- Expertise on the Middle East and/or North Africa. Proficiency in Arabic would be an asset, as would be direct experience working in or with countries in the region.
- Experience working closely with the IAEA or other International Organization is desired.
- Experience working at or with NNSA, the Department of State, or other U.S. Government agencies involved in formulation and implementation of international nuclear security policies and initiatives would be an asset.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

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