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Optical Diagnostic Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 103283
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: January 18 2018

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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.

We have an opening for an Optical Diagnostic Engineer. You will be responsible for the engineering and operational setup of various target diagnostics for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) Directorate.  You will provide engineering solutions for new additions, upgrade to existing hardware, overall coordination, implementation of shot setup, maintenance, and repair for the set of diagnostics chosen.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering 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.

Essential Duties
- Act as a common point of contact for specific optical diagnostics to ensure they are designed, setup, and operating effectively.
- Manage the system design, implementation, and integration for optical diagnostic components and subsystems and participate in design reviews.
- Address operational concerns for newly designed hardware such as: location, interference with other Target Area activities, considerations of facility/utility impacts, installation plans, and staffing/operational plans.
- Maintain, test, and upgrade commissioned optical diagnostic systems including, but not limited to, Near Backscatter Imager (NBI), Full Aperture Backscatter System (FABS), and Glint Fast Diode (GFD).
- Provide general secondary support for the Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) and Optical Thomson Scattering (OTS).
- Resolve, disposition, and track operational problems associated with any of the optical systems employed on NIF and promote design changes.
- Ensure offline calibration and availability of spare system components.
- Conduct engineering support of operations and define process improvements.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Perform independent research into new approaches to record optical signals.
- Select methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to design/conduct experiments to characterize subcomponents.
- Participate in the fielding of these new systems on Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) physics platforms.

- Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Fundamental knowledge of optical systems, fibers, and photon-to-electronic processes.
- Operational experience with oscilloscopes and similar recording systems, CCD, and CMOS camera systems.
- Knowledge of the optical design, fabrication, installation, and testing of diagnostic systems.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Experience using standard project management practices.
- Ability to work in confined or restricted movement areas, climb stairs, stand, or walk for long periods of time, and pass NIF Radiological Worker I qualification.
In Addition at the SES.2 Level
- Experience identifying, defining, and solving multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost effective manner.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and experience with developing detector systems andhigh-speed optical streak cameras.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Optical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field.
- Experience working with radiological materials and associated controls.
- Experience in the development of hardware or systems used in clean vacuum environments.

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.

Security Clearance:  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.  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.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.