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Senior Project Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106582
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4) / Science & Engineering MTS 5 (SES.5)
Date Posted: January 03 2020

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

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 Senior Project Engineer. You will provide subject matter expertise and technical leadership on new and ongoing projects for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) Directorate. You will develop innovative high-power laser components and systems using advanced design and manufacturing techniques for scientific and defense applications.  Typical projects require advanced systems engineering; engineering analysis and computational simulation; extreme precision and unique materials; prototype design; state of the art fabrication and assembly; and engineering testing and deployment. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position 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 guidance, leadership, and supervision to team members in the execution of their work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and deploying critical systems and components consistent with schedule and budget commitments.
- Serve as a subject matter expert for precision engineering and process optimization.
- Set broad development/project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others. 
- Direct technical activities as needed to specify, procure, evaluate and deploy unique materials, coatings and form factors.
- Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables, publications and presentations; leverage team members’ skills to successfully complete highly complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.
- Successfully utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to develop innovative capabilities to increase the impact of LLNL and lead the development of project portfolios.
- Provide training, mentoring, and coaching to group personnel and prepare and present written and verbal presentations of technical work.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SES.5 Level
- Assess strategic technical needs for development of supporting research and investments in technology infrastructure; lead technical initiatives in advancing state of the art engineering capabilities.
- Champion major impact projects and multi-disciplinary efforts to positively impact the team’s long-term goals and objectives.
- Represent the Laboratory to the sponsor and stakeholders and serve on external scientific/technical committees and act as senior technical expert on large programs/projects.

- Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Subject matter expert knowledge in highly complex mechanical design and analysis and substantial experience in project planning and highly complex technical leadership.
- Substantial experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
- Substantial experience in developing advanced high-performance thermal management systems, precision fabrication and assembly.
- Extensive experience championing large dynamic projects and multi-laboratory efforts that positively affected the organization’s long-term goals and objectives.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Substantial experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of technical staff, managers, and vendors.
- Leadership skills to lead and manage small, multi-disciplinary teams.

In Addition, at the SES.5 Level
- Nationally recognized expertise in one or more of the following areas: precision engineering, advanced manufacturing, optomechanical systems, microtechnology, or thermal management systems.
- Extensive experience leveraging existing work, internal resources, and partnerships that resulted in successfully developing new project portfolios.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Desired Qualifications
- PhD in Mechanical Enginering or Materials Engineering.
- Successful track record of crafting new capabilities and catalyzing innovation to impact the long-term direction of an organization.
- Experience in writing technical specifications and statements of work.


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.