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Engineering/Scientific Coordinator for NIF Optics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 103692
Job Code: Engineering/Scientific Coord (338.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: April 25 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 Engineering/Scientific Coordinator.  You will support the Supply Chain Organization within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.  Responsibilities include specification, acquisition, fabrication oversight, source inspection and/or metrology for a variety of commercial and NIF-designed small and large optics, along with a variety of ancillary glass items, optics-metrology equipment, and optics-processing hardware (and at times, general mechanical and/or electrical hardware). This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
Essential Duties
- Initiate requisitions, secure approvals, and collaborate with Subcontract Administrators to secure award of contracts.  Serve as Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative and point-contact with supplier(s), recognizing and addressing all issues necessary for successful completion. Provide Technical Release Representative (TRR) services (requiring purchasing items with use of a LLNL-issued credit card).
- Provide regular detailed status updates and reports to supervisor and customers/requesters. Anticipate and reconcile supply problems, including technical factors affecting critical milestones.
- Provide advanced technical oversight and coordination support for set up and use of Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP) systems; breakdown of drawing packages, creation/maintenance of Manufacturing Bills of Materials (MBOMs), and issuance of Work Orders.
- Independently interact with vendors, requestors, LLNL Procurement, Production Control, NIF warehouse, LLNL Receiving, and NIF optical facilities.
- Stage, transport, and deliver parts around the LLNL site; i.e., for secondary operations and/or staging of assembly/installation efforts; deliver or pick-up parts from local-area suppliers.
- Travel to suppliers’ facilities to assess progress, determine/provide necessary assistance, source inspect optics prior to authorizing shipment, along with other actions deemed necessary to ensure suppliers’ success.  Upon return, write trip reports, and independently follow-up on open issues.
- Perform advanced technical assignments such as the operation of the small optics warehouse and performing optics metrology (including inspection for laser damage).
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 339.2 Level
- Provide highly advanced technical and/or technical management support in the area of engineering technology or applied science. Conduct research to find solutions to engineering problems.
- Develop and refine technical systems, operations, or maintenance strategies. Design data analysis, documentation, and modifications of highly complex prototype or specialized optical, electronic, mechanical, or software systems.
- Author, review, and approve reports, operation/maintenance manuals, and other engineering related documents. Routinely present this material to management and peers. Plan, organize, and work with budget and lead multiple projects of significant scope.
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing technology; or the equivalent combination of education and related training and work experience.
- Advanced skills and understanding of optical materials; a wide range of optical finishing, coating, metrology (especially interferometry and surface profiling), surface-quality inspection, and testing methods/issues.
- Advanced understanding of the acquisition process; approval, bid, award, inspection/acceptance, receive, reconciliation, close-out; ability to engage the LLNL Procurement staff. Experience performing project planning, budgeting, and manpower planning.
- Significant experience preparing optical material, fabrication, and coating requirements documents, statements of work/specifications, cost estimates, schedules, progress reports, etc.
- Advanced knowledge of optical metrology/inspection/certifications and effective written, verbal and feedback communication skills for interrogation of suppliers with regard to their subcontract submittals.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and experience mentoring others in On-The-Job training, with advanced technical skills specific to assignment.
- Experience with MRP, parts tracking, process flow, staging of material, and warehouse operations.
- Significant experience working in a multi-disciplinary project environment with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
In Addition at the 339.2 Level
- Extensive experience mentoring others in specific on-the-job training, with advanced technical skills specific to assignment, may also include administrative and technical leadership skills.
- Highly advanced skills and understanding of relevant technologies and processes, including the ability in optical, mechanical and electronics technology theory to design complex systems and solutions to highly complex problems.
- Highly advances written and verbal communication, feedback, and presentation skills in multiple technical areas.
Desired Qualifications

- Experience proofing optical procurement packages for completeness.
- Knowledge of NIF cleanliness requirements, optical cleaning methods, and contamination control methods (e.g., PET-G packaging).

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.

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