Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Target Area Operations Work Center Lead Associate

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104258
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1)
Date Posted: September 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 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, leading 4 shifts of Target Area Operations (TAO) 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 maintain the TAO work center schedule, technician training and safe work practices in the NIF Facility and operations environment.
-Promote safe, efficient, and security focused work practices in Target Area Operations while utilizing shifts leads to develop consistent high-quality practices.
-Review and tailor new equipment installation methods to unique and challenging problems.
-Author, critically review, and oversee the development and maintenance of written documentation.
-Assignment may involve development of test, troubleshooting, maintenance, and operational plans, leading initiatives to implement process improvements within Target Area Operations based on data and employee feedback.
-Strategically plan and allocate manpower and resources for equipment installation, development, operations, and maintenance tasks.
-Collaborate with NIF Operations staff to integrate TAO 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 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 improving the administrative and technical performance of subordinates and preparing 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, maintaining training, and meeting management goals.
-Highly organized, reliable, and dependable with an ability to lead a variety of concurrent activities.
-Attention to detail for evaluation and refining of TAO work practices and documentation.

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.