Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Technical Associate-Electrical Controls/Diagnostics

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Technicians/IT
Organization: Engineering
Posting Requirement: External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 102310
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1)
Date Posted: May 08 2017

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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. You will work independently with general guidance in a multi-disciplinary team to develop, deploy and maintain highly complex experimental instrumentation for use on the National Ignition facility (NIF). You will be required to solve complex to highly complex technical problems, regularly collaborate with scientists, engineers and high-level technical personnel. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
Essential Duties
- Apply system level design principals in the development of Target Diagnostics. Activities include collaborating with stakeholders to develop requirements, creating baseline designs, evaluating performance trade-offs, identifying FMEA’s (failure modes and effects analysis), determining system interfaces, developing cost and schedule plans and presenting design reviews. 
- Develop hardware designs based on approved requirements. Responsibilities include hardware prototypes, instrumentation performance evaluation and documentation; integration plan with interfacing work teams, develop installation, commissioning and performance procedures.
- Provide technical support for hardware production and fabrication. Activities include specification of hardware, interfacing with hardware fabrication, leading/assisting with assembly, and final component testing.
- Perform periodic maintenance activities on diagnostics. Responsibilities include performance evaluation, calibration (offline and online), troubleshooting, data analysis, data archiving and test report preparation.
- Provide technical expertise, advice, and direction to technicians, making frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment.
- Serve as technical contact for the Target Diagnostic System and its components to respond in real-time to off-normal occurrences.
- May require overtime, shift and/or weekend-work, alternate work schedules to respond to facility needs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's (BS) degree in Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Demonstrated advanced understanding of electronics theory, including analog and digital circuitry.
- Ability to read schematics, independently troubleshoot and repair equipment to the component level, and contribute to circuitry enhancements.
- Advanced skills with a range of laboratory test equipment including oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, signal generators, power supplies, spectrum analyzers.
- Ability to climb stairs, lift equipment, or stand for extended periods of time.
- Ability to work in an area of Beryllium and radiologically-contaminated areas.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary project environment with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills and strong presentation skills.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with RF (radio frequency), high-vacuum and fast-pulsed circuitry.
- Proficiency with CAD (computer-aided design), PCB (printed circuit board) generation and circuit simulation software environments and developing LabVIEW based software control programs.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 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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