Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Cryogenic Operations Field Lead Technologist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106717
Job Code: Sr Technologist-Mechanical (533.3)
Date Posted: February 03 2020

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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 an opening for a Cryogenics (Cryo) Operations Field Lead. You will first qualify as a Cryogenic System Operator (CSO) to learn the role in which you will eventually lead. You will support the Cryogenic and Target Systems and Large Positioners operations group of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS).  You will establish scope of work and provide advanced technical solutions in development, operation, and maintenance of cryogenic processes and subsystem operations related to fielding targets in the cryogenic target positioning systems. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Provide advanced technical support while applying fundamental knowledge of installation and operation of complex cryo systems for maintenance and commissioning activities and maintain operational status of NIF facility subsystems.
- Maintain the daily operational schedule with real-time problem resolution, ensuring the set up and operation of intricate cryo systems and equipment, comprehensive troubleshooting and maintenance, and advanced methods of data collection.
- Under minimal supervision/direction, provide technical guidance and direction to the Cryogenic technician staff to meet changing priorities on the floor and in the Control Room.
- Communicate and coordinate Cryogenic and Target Systems and Large Positioners activities with the supervisory staff in the NIF Control Room.
- Analyze process improvements for complex technical problems and develop and author procedures, manuals, and qualifications.
- Provide technical expertise, advice, and direction to technicians, making frequent decisions with regular, independent interaction with scientists, engineers, and skilled technical personnel with follow-up to supervisor outside of work group.
- Serve as primary technical contact for the Cryogenic System and its components to respond in real-time to off-normal occurrences.  
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Associate degree in Mechanical technology or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
- Advanced skills and understanding of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing cryo group equipment, vacuum systems, and ability to solve hardware or system challenges.
- Experience providing technical direction to others in a technical operations or R&D environment.
- Ability to regularly make decisions, solve problems, establish and/or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
- Ability to establish appropriate work methods and set priorities.
- Experience working with formal procedures, work controls, and configuration management.
- Ability to work in confined or restricted movement areas, climb stairs, stand, or walk for long periods of time. Ability to work in areas in areas of Beryllium and radiological contamination and where use of a respirator may be required.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.    

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with radiological materials and associated controls.
- Experience with the development, operation, and maintenance of cryogenic processes, vacuum systems, and gas handling systems.
- Ability to pass NIF Radiological Worker II qualification.

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.