Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Spacecraft Electrical Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106483
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: December 04 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 experienced Spacecraft Systems Engineers to work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, you will work on all aspects of space system hardware – from design and analysis to assembly, integration and test. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Work as an integral part of a small team of scientists and engineers to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload and spacecraft subsystem electrical specifications, spacecraft subsystem electrical specification, and cost and schedule estimates.
- Review, advise, and conduct complex analysis and development studies in support of programmatic goals, including analysis of novel or unprecedented problems as an information resource to system engineers.
- Lead electrical engineering design for spacecraft subsystems from conceptualization, simulation, part grade specification, layout, fabrication and acceptance testing.
- Exercise technical knowledge of the limitations of proven concepts and practices on electrical systems, equipment, and/or hardware to correctly evaluate alternatives or risk associated with using or replacing a nonconforming component for orbital requirements.
- Participate in spacecraft subsystems design reviews, integrated test planning and execution.
- Provide in flight software design and integration into embedded platforms, with an emphasis on hardware interfacing using low-level C, assembly, and/or real time language (RTL).
- Provide technical direction to small teams and work as the primary spacecraft subsystem technical contact.
- Interface with customer organizations, payload science experts, analysts, manufacturing engineers, and project staff.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Apply advanced electrical engineering solutions and technical analysis to develop and implement creative solutions to resolve highly complex technical and programmatic issues.
- Develop electrical engineering path to flight vision and lead a team supporting spacecraft launch and early operations, maintaining spacecraft health and safety, optimizing performance, and troubleshooting anomalies.
- Support mission planning functions, including design and analysis of spacecraft electrical requirements, electrical component assurance test plan and operational concepts.

Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical/Aerospace Electrical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad experience with aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering, designing, assembling or testing flight hardware.
- Comprehensive knowledge or board experience with one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: attitude, propulsion, power, data handling and on-board processing, thermal, structures and mechanisms, telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C), and payload.
- Experience estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft projects.
- Experience working effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary project team that may include engineers, scientists, designers, and technicians
- Proven ability to devise solutions for complex problems that require in-depth analysis of tangible and intangible factors.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.
In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge of concepts related to aerospace and/or electrical engineering of spacecraft and demonstrated experience leading the development of proposals to meet space mission customer requirements.
- Significant experience and demonstrated track record of success developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex multi-disciplinary problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
- Experience effectively managing multiple parallel tasks, often requiring the resolution of conflicting work requirements and prioritization of tasks toward predetermined long-range targets.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Aeronautical/Aerospace Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of space mission engineering principles, practices and application in electro-optical system analysis and design in either laser or imaging systems.
- Proficiency with low- voltage differential signaling (LVDS) trace length matching for high speed electrical communication.

 

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 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 $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.