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Shot Director for Laser and Experimental Systems

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Technical Services & Ops
Job ID: 102346
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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 multiple openings for a National Ignition Facility Shot Director.  You will join a team of Shot Directors who are responsible for directing and coordinating the 24/7 operations of the integrated laser and experimental systems of the National Ignition Facility. You will be responsible for the successful execution of complex target experiments in the NIF facility, as well as for ensuring that all activities conducted by operations and experimental personnel, including operators, technicians, scientists, and engineers, are performed safely in accordance with NIF’s integrated safety program.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.
These positions will be filled at either the TSL.3 or TSL.4 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 coordination, leadership, and supervision of the operations of large-scale, complex, integrated systems critical to the successful execution of scientific experiments on NIF.
- Provide technical mentorship, leadership, and supervision to the lead operator and control room personnel during operation of the laser and experimental systems.
- Provide technical leadership to a diverse team of experimental support personnel including scientists, engineers, operators, and technicians.
- Contribute to experimental campaign planning and scheduling; communicate facility and experimental plans to the control room operators and staff.
- Interface with and provide input to the computer controls design and production organization to continuously improve the control system software; participate in design reviews and change review board activities for proposed additions or changes to facility hardware and software.
- Support 24 hour per day, 7 day per week operations, working various shifts as required; perform responsibilities of the Facility Point of Contact and Emergency Manager during off shifts.
- Coordinate facility maintenance, installation, and construction activities with system operations.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the TSL.4 Level
- Assess technical direction of the vendor community to determine where LLNL needs are divergent from the community.
- Mitigate the divergence from vendor community through the optimal combination of internal R&D efforts and by influencing the vendor community to pursue alternate strategies.
- Bachelor's (BS) degree in Science or Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge in science or engineering as it relates to implementation of integrated, complex, and large scale systems.
- Significant experience in technical leadership and/or management of operations for large and complex technical systems operated by multidisciplinary teams.
- Significant experience managing and executing an integrated safety management system.
- Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills, including ability to manage personnel conflicts and maintain high morale in a demanding and dynamic environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high pressure, complex, multidisciplinary team environment, working across organizational boundaries.
- Demonstrated leadership skills for leading and managing small, multi-disciplinary teams.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
In Addition at the TSL.4 Level
- Extensive experience and/or training leading the operation of a large complex scientific facility.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and vendors.
Desired Qualifications
- Master’s (MS) degree in Science, Engineering, Physics, or related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge of laser physics, large laser systems, electro-optics, large optical systems, laser alignment and diagnostics.

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 listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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.

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