Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nondestructive Evaluation Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106923
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4) / Science & Engineering MTS 5 (SES.5)
Date Posted: March 10 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 multiple openings for experienced and accomplished Nondestructive Evaluation Engineers within the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Group. You will provide technical leadership using experimental tools and analytical methods to understand structure and properties of uniform or nonuniform articles, often topologically complex and extremely heterogeneous. You will be responsible for the design, instrumentation and execution of materials characterization systems including interrogation with x-rays and neutrons (with an emphasis on computed tomography) and microwaves.  This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.
These positions will be filled at either the SES.4 or SES.5 level depending on your qualifications.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide technical leadership for teams of scientists and engineers performing research and development in novel approaches for highly complex x-ray imaging, optical or microwave characterization, computed tomography and metrology; under consultative direction utilize independent judgement to identify appropriate nondestructive evaluation techniques to solve customer inspection needs.
- Set broad research and project vision; align Engineering’s nondestructive evaluation capabilities with issues of critical importance to the laboratory’s mission.
- Analyze highly complex data from radiation application nondestructive evaluation tests including real-time radiography, digital radiography and computed tomography.
- Perform simulations of x-ray or optical characterization geometries and scenarios.
- Provide solutions to highly complex problems that require in-depth analysis. 
- Present and disseminate research results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed publications, in open and classified environments, internal and external to LLNL.
- Adhere to the highest standards of personnel and facility safety while leading the execution of high-energy, multi-hazard system demonstrations and experiments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.5 Level
- Develop innovative and creative solutions to highly complex, sensitive, unusual and challenging problems that may not be well defined in NDE to enable breakthrough, programmatically relevant measurements.
- Provide state of the art scientific and technical direction for large projects and champion strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers.
- Serve as a mentor across the organization in the areas of nondestructive evaluation and serve as a capability spokesperson to laboratory senior management as well as external sponsors and stakeholders.
- PhD in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Subject matter expert-level knowledge of highly advanced concepts in one or more of the following areas:  x-ray imaging, signal processing, image processing, microwave characterization, computed tomography, or reconstruction methods.
- Substantial  range of experience and track record in highly complex experimental design, techniques, and execution, including analytical techniques, ideally in computed tomography.
- Highly advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills to anticipate, identify, and independently recommend appropriate actions and solutions including issues that frequently are not well defined and highly complex in nature.
- Successful publication of scientific and/or technical peer-reviewed literature.
- Expert verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information internally and externally.
- Ability to effectively manage multiple parallel tasks, often requiring the resolution of conflicting work requirements and prioritization of tasks toward predetermined long-range targets.
In Addition at the SES.5 Level
- Nationally recognized expert in one of more of the following areas: x-ray imaging, x-ray systems, signal processing, image processing, microwave characterization, computed tomography, or reconstruction methods.
- Extensive experience and ability in leading multi-person teams, developing successful proposals while meeting technically challenging deliverables including the ability to significantly advance state of the art and novel approaches to nondestructive evaluation.

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.