Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Engineering Associate - Photonics/Laser Electro-Optics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106640
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: January 21 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 Photonics/Laser Electro-Optics Engineering Associates. You will work in a multidisciplinary team to develop, deploy and maintain complex laser systems in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS).  You may have a technical lead role and will perform as the Responsible Individual (RI) for high-energy, high-power or short pulse laser facilities.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions will be filled at either the 337.1 or 339.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Apply innovative technical expertise to the design, development, and installation support for new laser systems as well as maintenance, operations, repairs, and upgrades of existing systems.
- Coordinate production and acceptance testing efforts for complex to highly complex electrical-optical subsystems.
- Generate and maintain system documentation including operations procedures and optical configuration drawings.
- Perform periodic maintenance activities on diagnostics. Responsibilities include performance evaluation, calibration (offline and online), troubleshooting complex to highly technical problems, complex data analysis, data archiving, and test report preparation.
- Develop/design system enhancements to increase reliability and maintainability.
- Collaborate with Physics and Engineering staff to perform developmental and experimental setups.  Choose appropriate work methods and set priorities.
- Acquire and analyze complex data using computer-based data acquisition and controls.
- Independently write, interpret, and prepare data and document test results, identify complex to highly complex problems, and provide original solutions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Develop strategic planning and serve as a subject matter expert for lasers systems and support off-normal occurrences.
- Provide highly advanced technical and/or technical management support in the design, development, and installation of laser systems and facilities.
- Author, review, and approve related engineering documentation, as well as routinely present this material to superiors and subordinates while leading or participating in design reviews.
- Develop strategic planning and serve as a subject matter expert for lasers systems and support off-normal occurrences.

- Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Optic-Electronics, Physics, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and prior relevant experience.
- Significant experience and advanced skills building and deploying high energy, high power or short pulse laser systems.
- Ability to evaluate complex to highly complex systems and apply best practice engineering techniques for optical beam path alignment in both facility operations and experimental lab environments.
- Experience providing technical direction and the ability to mentor others with advanced technical skills.
- Significant experience with procedures, work control, and configuration management.
- Significant experience working effectively in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Highly advanced skills and understanding of laser technology and processes with the ability to diagnose highly complex diagnostic systems.
- Highly advanced written, verbal, feedback and presentation communication skills in multiple technical areas.
- Extensive experience making frequent, independent decisions to define project approaches, and create and implement original solutions to establish or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures, to choose appropriate work methods and possibly to set priorities.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
- Experience with NIF laser diagnostics and timing systems, and/or electrical power distribution systems.
- Experience with engineering software tools such as SolidWorks, CREO, LabView or MATLAB.

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.