Optical Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106728
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: February 06 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 Optical Engineers to support the Diagnostic Development Group (DDG) within the Weapons Physics Division (WPD). The group’s responsibilities include the design and validation of diagnostics, and the optical metrology systems utilized to measure the performance of those diagnostics.  Assignments may include field work to support initial deployment of your designs.  Your scope of work will involve parallel tasks with broadly defined priorities. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Evaluate and monitor the capabilities of the metrology instruments used by the Diagnostic Development Group in collaboration with the group, identifying and resolving moderately complex issues as they arise, under general direction and utilizing fundamental knowledge; may include optical fiber-based systems, CMM machines, radiometry, and beam alignment.
- Design and conduct moderately complex experiments to support metrology instrumentation as required by the program.  Work may include fiber optics, micro-lenses, precision mechanical components, as well as involved computer hardware and instrumentation.
- Evaluate commercially available photonics, optics, or associated controls components under general direction.
- Analyze moderately complex data produced by the diagnostics or metrology instruments.
- Document and communicate test processes and results
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, at the SES.2 level
-Design and conduct moderately complex to complex experiments under limited direction.
-Provide technical guidance, informal mentoring, and evaluation of the work performed using the diagnostic or metrology instruments. Will include informal mentorship of operators in the safe operating procedures of all systems fielded.

- Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering, Physics or other related technical area, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Fundamental skills and proficiency with common moderately complex metrology techniques
- Hands-on experience and knowledge of optical metrology measurements of limited complexity for fiber optic systems.
- Fundamental knowledge and experience with LabView programming and MATLAB or Python
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and vendors.
- Sufficient interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

In addition, at the SES.2 Level
- Moderately advanced skills and proficiency with moderately complex to complex metrology techniques.
- Broad hands-on experience and comprehensive knowledge of optical metrology measurements for fiber optic systems.
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience with LabView programming and MATLAB or Python.
- Significant experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of technical staff, managers, and vendors.

Desired Qualifications
- Master’s degree in Optical Engineering, Physics or other technical area, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience deploying a metrology system to operators outside the development team.


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.