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Field Operations Lead Associate for Target Experimental Operations (TEXOPS)

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Job ID: 103713
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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 Technical Associate to serve in the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Target Experimental Operations (TEXOPS) group in the NIF & Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS). You will work programmatically for the TEXOPS Manager, helping to oversee and integrate 4 work centers of technicians within NIF Operations. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Apply innovative technical expertise to the development, evaluation, operation, and maintenance of complex engineering electronic, mechanical, computer, and/or electro-optic systems in the NIF Facility and operations environment.
- Employ and tailor test equipment, troubleshooting, and equipment installation methods to unique and challenging problems.
- Assignment may involve development of test, troubleshooting, maintenance, and operational plans, leading initiatives to implement process improvements within TEXOPS based on data and employee feedback.
- Perform complex data analysis and interpretation, and present findings; author, critically review, and oversee the development of written documentation.
- Lead initiatives to promote cross-training and cross-qualification amongst the 4 work centers within TEXOPS.
- Strategically plan and allocate manpower and resources for equipment installation, development, operations, and maintenance tasks.
- Collaborate with NIF Operations staff to integrate TEXOPS work with the rest of the facility for both shot operations as well as maintenance periods.
- Participate in interviews and selection of new technician and technical associate candidates within TEXOPS.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology, technical management, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience working in and advanced understanding of the operation of an integrated plant and/or laser facility.
- Experience providing technical direction to others, leading and/or supervising personnel in a laboratory and operations settings.
- Demonstrated ability to assemble and direct teams to complete specific projects or resolve specific problems in a safe and secure manner.
- Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills and the ability in to improve the administrative and technical performance of subordinates and prepare them for the next level. Ability to mentor others in specific on-the-job training.
- Advanced verbal and written communication, presentation, and feedback skills in multiple technical areas.
- Ability to manage multiple projects within constraints.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary project environment effectively with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Ability to work in an area of Beryllium and radiologically-contaminated areas.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
- Highly organized, reliable, and dependable with an ability to manage/supervise a variety of concurrent activities.

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:  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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