Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Laser Systems Engineer Technical Leader

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106408
Job Code: Science & Engineering TSL 4 (SEL.4) / Science & Engineering TSL 5 (SEL.5)
Date Posted: November 15 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for Laser Systems Engineer/Systems Architect Leads to lead multi-disciplinary teams in the development of high average power and advanced high energy laser systems for Department of Defense Technology (DODT) programs at the Systems Engineer/Chief Systems Engineer level.  You will interact and collaborate with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and senior management to assure effective project execution from the planning and proposal preparation phase through project completion.  This position is in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.

These positions will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities will be assigned is you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Lead a multi-disciplinary team including engineers, scientists and technical staff to develop new laser technologies in support of DODT programs, directing technical tasks and projects and influencing the technical direction of a broad team of scientists, engineers, and analysts.
- Define laser system requirements flow-down from mission requirements to guide system design and risk mitigation activities, including determination and documentation of technical objectives and Concept of Operations (ConOps) requirements.
- Collaborate with sponsors and lead industry partners to address sponsor needs from the Subject Matter Expert (SME) perspective.
- Establish business plans for program development and execution, costing and managing entire projects to budget.
- Plan and oversee complex research and development activities and ensure the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of underlying core competencies while ensuring a safety, security, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
- Establish and maintain effective working relations with sponsors of DODT Programs; foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities, including other FFRDCs and other US government agencies.
- Supervisory functions including staff training and development, conducting performance reviews, ranking, and salary management.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Responsible for championing projects and for attracting and retaining project funding.
- Develop strategies that enhance the ability of the lab to address new opportunities in photon sciences and laser-based applications.
- Oversight of involved project costs and budgets.
- Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and internal customers and serve as organization spokesperson by Laboratory management and/or external advisor by sponsors.

- Master of Science degree in Laser Science Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Technical expertise at the Technical Fellow/Senior Technical Fellow level in one or more areas of Laser Physics, Laser Engineering, Systems Engineering with proven record of scientific creativity, achievement and leadership, as documented in publications, conference proceedings, and professional recognition. Ability to travel to national and international programmatic and scientific meetings.
- Significant experience working with high average power and high energy laser systems either pulsed and/or CW (continuous wave).
- Experience overseeing multiple phases of project life cycle management and rigorous engineering requirements.
- Extensive experience developing, managing and evaluating programs, projects and personnel in a technically diverse organization, as well as managing financial activities, to ensure program and overhead accounts are properly maintained and overseen.
- Experience working with third parties including transferring technologies to other organizations.
- Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills necessary to lead a diverse organization, guide innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors. High degree of integrity, maturity, discretion and judgement.
- Supervisory experience including advanced ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals;
including experience in development and implementation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management; demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations, and communicate them to customers and division employees. Experience ensuring that security, ES&H, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
- Ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple tasking and deadlines.

In Addition, at the SEL.5 Level
- Expert knowledge of laser high average power/high energy laser system development.
- Extensive experience championing, leading, and developing innovative cutting-edge principles, theories and concepts.
- Extensive experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects to a diverse group of engineers.

Desired Qualifications
- Ph.D. in Laser Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering.
- Understanding of a diverse laboratory and national research environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
- Familiarity with DOE/NNSA programs and oversight of FFRDCs, as well as with programs and core capabilities relevant to DoD technology programs.

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.