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We have an opening for an Engineering Technical Associate/Sr. Engineering Associate. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team environment to develop, deploy and maintain complex experimental instrumentation to support the Target Diagnostics/Electrical Controls area of the National Ignition Facility (NIF). You will apply advanced understanding of electronics theory to solve complex to highly complex technical problems, and regularly collaborate with scientists, engineers and high-level technical personnel. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
This position 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.
- Apply system level design principals in the development of Target Diagnostics.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to develop requirements, create baseline designs, evaluate performance trade-offs, identify FMEA’s (failure modes and effects analysis), determine system interfaces, develop cost and schedule plans and present design reviews.
- Develop hardware/prototype designs based on approved requirements, complete instrumentation performance evaluations and documentation, and develop installation, commissioning and performance procedures.
- Apply innovative technical expertise to the production of hardware and fabrication components including specification, interfacing with hardware fabrication, leading/assisting with assembly, and final component testing.
- Perform periodic maintenance activities on diagnostics. Responsibilities include performance evaluation, calibration (offline and online), troubleshooting complex to highly complex technical problems, complex data analysis, data archiving and test report preparation.
- Manage priorities, technical direction, and system component organization of technical staff and related test labs. Provide technical expertise, guidance, and direction to technicians, making frequent decisions using independent discretion and judgment.
- Serve as technical contact for the Target Diagnostic System and its components to respond in real-time to off-normal occurrences.
- May require overtime, shift and/or weekend-work, alternate work schedules to respond to facility needs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 339.2 Level
- Collaborate with scientists, engineers and high level technical personnel to provide highly advanced technical and/or technical management support for target diagnostics.
- Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment to define project approaches and create and implement original solutions.
- Define, interpret, design, oversee fabrication and operation of experimental test prototypes and associated diagnostics utilizing highly advanced knowledge of electronics theory.
- Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
- Advanced understanding of electronics theory, including analog and digital circuitry.
- Significant experience reading schematics, independently troubleshooting and repairing equipment to the component level, and contributing to circuitry enhancements.
- Advanced skills and experience with a range of laboratory test equipment including oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, signal generators, power supplies, spectrum analyzers.
- Ability to work in an area of Beryllium and radiologically contaminated areas.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary project environment with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Experience providing technical direction and the ability to mentor others with advanced technical skills.
- Advanced written, verbal, feedback and presentation 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 electronics theory, including analog and digital circuitry.
- Advanced administrative and technical leadership skills.
- Extensive experience collaborating with high level technical personnel and senior managers and highly advanced written, verbal, and presentation communication skills.
- Experience working with RF (radio frequency), high-vacuum and fast-pulsed circuitry.
- Proficiency with CAD (computer-aided design), PCB (printed circuit board) generation and circuit simulation software environments.
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.
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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.