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Nuclear Diagnostic Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 103366
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: February 12 2018

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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 a Nuclear Diagnostic Engineer. You will have overall responsibility for the engineering and operational setup of various target diagnostics for the National Ignition Facility (NIF).  You will provide engineering solutions for new additions, upgrade to existing hardware, overall coordination, implementation of shot setup, maintenance, and repair for the set of diagnostics chosen. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, 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
- Serve as point of contact for specific nuclear diagnostics to ensure they are designed and operating effectively.
- Responsible for the system design, implementation and integration for nuclear diagnostic components and subsystems and participate in design reviews.
- Address operational concerns for newly designed hardware such as: location, interference with other Target Area activities, considerations of facility/utility impacts, installation plans, and staffing/operational plans.
-  Maintain, test, and upgrade commissioned nuclear diagnostic systems.
-  Resolve, disposition, and track operational problems associated with any of the nuclear systems employed on NIF.
-  Collect and document data from problems and promote design changes; ensure offline calibration and availability of spare system components.
-  Conduct engineering support of operations and define process improvements.
- Responsible for project management and navigation of NIF shot applications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Conduct research into new approaches to record single-transient nuclear signals.
- Design/conduct experiments to characterize subcomponents.
- Participate in the fielding of these new instrumentation systems on Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) physics platforms.

- Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Engineering Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge in the design, fabrication, installation, and testing of diagnostic systems.
-  Experience with developing detector systems.
- Problem solving, troubleshooting, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently anticipate, analyze, advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions to highly complex issues.
- Experience in planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Ability to work in confined or restricted movement areas, climb stairs, stand, or walk for long periods of time, and pass NIF Radiological Worker I qualification.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience identifying, defining, and solving multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost effective manner.
- Significant experience with vacuum and gas handling systems.
- Advanced knowledge of high speed recording systems and significant experience with commercially available high voltage, high-speed recording components. 

Desired Qualifications
- MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Engineering Physics, or related field.
-  Experience working with radiological materials and associated controls.
- Experience in the development of hardware or systems used in clean vacuum environments.

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

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 $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.