Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Laser System Modeler

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  NIF and Photon Science
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 103278
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: January 30 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 a Laser Systems Modeler to support operation of the National Ignition Facility, and to assist in modeling of other laser systems.  You will interact with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and senior management in areas of specialization that include a combination of some or all of the following: solid state laser physics and technology, femtosecond and picosecond short pulse generation and amplification, nonlinear effects, sensors and instrumentation, and systems engineering.  This position is in the Laser Science and Systems Engineering Program in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Principal (NIF & PS) Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Use diffractive, non-linear, propagation models to perform systems analysis and design of various lasers for current or new programs in the Directorate.  
- Collaborate with Laboratory scientists and engineers to execute and interpret laser experiments that test new physics and modeling capability.
- Conduct maintenance and ongoing development of the Laser Performance and Operations Model (LPOM) suite of codes related to operation of NIF (currently 0.6 million lines of code).  
- Perform data analysis of complex NIF laser experiments, including recalibration of models, data trending, and investigation of performance issues.
- Define and prioritize tasks and goals to ensure programmatic needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
- Prepare advanced written and oral presentations on assigned projects.
- Perform other duties as assigned

- Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Optical Sciences, or Mathematics or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience in optics, laser science, and/or scientific code development.
- Significant experience in scientific research and development with a demonstrated record of accomplishment.
- Advanced problem solving, troubleshooting, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently analyze and implement solutions to highly complex issues.
- Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, other technical and administrative staff, and managers.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, prepare written reports, and provide advice to management.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in high power, solid state laser modeling or signal and image processing.
- Background in inertial confinement fusion or high-power, directed energy lasers.
- Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within a designated budget.

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

Security Clearance:  None required.


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.

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