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We have an opening for an experienced Optics Production Engineer. You will be responsible for working with the optical engineering team to derive specifications to improve optic manufacturability, directing fabrication and development (if necessary) at optical vendors of precision optics, and qualifying new optics suppliers for high energy laser systems. You will interact with project management, design engineers and technicians, laser system scientists, manufacturing planning and procurement groups, outside optical suppliers, quality assurance, and operations staff. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate. LSEO provides support to the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF& PS) 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.
- Participate in development of suppliers to manufacture NIF & Photon Science optical components including optimization and development of new processes to meet NIF requirements.
- Document process control methods and requirements for optical vendors to be incorporated into production contracts.
- Assist in the resolution of production problems at all levels including moderately complex to complex.
- Analyze vendor production control methods for weaknesses and make recommendations to realize high quality components and/or lower unit cost.
- Analyze vendor supplied metrology data to validate manufacturing processes remain in production control.
- Work with optical coordination staff to track vendor performance, optic location, and archive metrology data.
- Function as a mentor and an individual contributor in a team- and project-orientated environment with individuals from other disciplines.
- Manage, organize, and document a variety of tasks in a project-orientated environment
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Research and provide in-depth analysis to track vendor performance, optic location, and archive metrology data. Analyze tracking and metrology data for errors, determine error sources, and make the necessary corrections.
- Serve as a technical lead in a team- and project-orientated environment with individuals from other disciplines.
- Manage, oversee, and document a variety of tasks in a project-orientated environment.
- Bachelor’s degree in Material Science, Optical Engineering, Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive experience performing production of moderately complex to complex optics and optical components including specification, fabrication, measurement and testing (e.g., interferometry, photometry, laser damage testing, and surface quality.
- Experience performing production engineering roles including procurement planning and execution, production control, and quality assurance.
- Ability to interpret optical and mechanical specifications and drawings under limited direction.
- Broad knowledge of thin film analysis and design code (Macleod, OptiLayer, Filmstar, TFCalc, FilmWizard, Multilayer, or equivalent)- Broad experience and knowledge of optical design code (Code V, ZEMAX, FRED, OSLO, or equivalent).- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present/explain technical information.
In Addition, at the SES.3 level
- Master’s degree in Material Science, Optical Engineering, Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience interfacing with customer product requirements related to optical specification and production techniques including complex levels.
- Advanced knowledge in ISO 10110 optical specifications.
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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.
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