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NIF Cross Timing Technical Associate - Optoelectronics

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107282
Job Code: Engineering Technical Assoc (337.1) / Senior Eng Associate (339.2)
Date Posted: July 14 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 an opening for an Electronics or Optoelectronics Engineering Associate. You will work in a multidisciplinary team to develop, deploy, and maintain complex laser electro-optic instrumentation for the Laser Group in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS).  Areas of specialization include fiber optic technology, fast data acquisition systems, temporal pulse measurement techniques, systems engineering and instrumentation. Temporal precision is expected to be within a few ps rms (picoseconds, root mean square) for signal generation and measurements. 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.
Essential Duties
- Apply innovative technical expertise in the development of processes, procedures, and technologies that reduce the effort required by the team to keep all beamlines and diagnostics timed.
- Utilize state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies to reduce the effort required to implement precision timing and measurements on new diagnostics being implemented on the National Ignition Facility.
- Perform periodic maintenance activities on the cross-timing system. Responsibilities include performance evaluation, calibration (offline and online), troubleshooting, data analysis, data archiving, and developing test reports and analysis presentations.
- Collaborate with Physics and Engineering staff to perform developmental and experimental setups.  Choose appropriate work methods and set priorities.
- Interpret cross-timing requirements, develop, and verify timing diagrams.
- Acquire and analyze complex data using computer-based data acquisition and controls.
- Interact with a large computer control system, through graphical user interfaces (GUIs), to commission, operate, and maintain various diagnostics and controls.
- Independently write, interpret, and prepare data and document test results, identify complex problems, and provide original solutions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Apply advanced technical knowledge and utilize engineering principals in the development of the cross-timing system designs under minimal direction.  Activities include planning work activities, collaborating with stakeholders to develop requirements, designing, and building highly complex hardware prototypes, executing instrumentation performance evaluation, installation, commissioning, and documentation.
- Perform highly complex analysis of the cross-timing system and present data to a peer review team with recommendations to enhance system performance.
- Develop strategic planning and serve as a subject matter expert for the Cross-Timing System 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 previous relevant experience.
- Advanced skills and innovative technical expertise in electronics theory, including analog and digital circuitry, and performing precision measurements on systems with signal bandwidths >1Ghz
- Experience with fiber optic technologies including modulators, attenuators, detectors, measurement techniques, single- mode and multi-mode fiber systems.
- Advanced skills with laboratory test equipment including oscilloscopes, digital multi-meters, signal generators, power supplies, spectrum analyzers, OTDRs (Optical Time Domain Reflectometers), TDRs (Time Domain Reflectometers), lasers and optical power/energy meters.
- Ability to interpret schematics and interconnect diagrams, independently including commissioning, operation, troubleshooting, and repairing equipment to the component level while identifying process improvements for increased efficiencies.
- Ability to mentor others in specific on-the-job training, with advanced technical skills.
- Ability to work in an area of Beryllium and radiologically contaminated areas.
- Advanced written and verbal communication including feedback and presentation skills.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products including PowerPoint and Excel including experience with complex data analysis and documentation. 
In Addition, at the 339.2 Level
- Advanced technical knowledge and experience with design and analysis of cross-timing systems.
- Ability to develop strategic plans which can improve work scope efficiency utilizing experience and knowledge gained from providing highly advanced technology support.  This includes providing feedback and technical presentations for peer review committees.
- 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 in conducting experiments of electro-optical configuration and settings, and the advanced application of test procedures for the operation of timing system software and hardware.
- Experience with LabView and MATLAB software development.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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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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