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    NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction;provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies. 



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    The mission of the Office of the Assistant Deputy Administrator (ADA) for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (NA-11) is to direct and oversee research, development, computer simulation, and inertial confinement fusion activities to maintain the effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile; provide a technical basis for the annual assessment; develop modernization options and certification approaches to improve weapon safety and security; and quantify and mitigate the effects of stockpile aging.

    The executive encumbering this position manages the work of NA-11 through subordinate supervisors in carrying out the above mission and represents the Deputy Administrator in interactions with the national laboratories, other agencies, and with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) field offices.  The executive directs or personally carries out the duties and responsibilities below:

    Manages the enhancement of scientific understanding of high energy density physics (HEDP), using NNSA experimental facilities, diagnostic techniques and computational tools to develop thermonuclear ignition in the laboratory and applies laboratory-scale experimental data to weapons-relevant parameters.

    Develops and executes experimentally based research programs on chemical, metallurgical, and nuclear properties of weapons materials, and their role and effect on system performance, to drive improvements in computational models and provide a basis for NNSA's assessment and certification of the stockpile.

    Designs, develops, and implements simulation codes for weapons assessment and certification, resolution of significant findings investigations, development of modernization and life extension options, and other national security applications.

    Develops innovative technology and manufacturing process necessary to maintain the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile at reduced risk and cost, while enhancing safety and security.

    Works with partners in the Department of Defense and intelligence community to ensure the stockpile and complex can respond quickly to emerging threats.

    Manages academic alliance programs in scientific areas of interest to Defense Programs and maintains a pipeline of scientific talent for the national laboratories in stewardship-relevant fields.

    Oversees and coordinates U.S. collaborations with international partners to ensure added value and risk reduction in key mission areas.

    Provides expert advice and assistance in carrying out the full spectrum of operational and managerial functions; and provides supervision to federal employees and managerial oversight to laboratory and contractor personnel.

    Incumbent will perform other related duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and overseas travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    00 - This position does not have promotion potential

  • Job family (Series)

    1310 Physics

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