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We have an opening for a Target Fabrication Engineer to become a core member of an interdisciplinary team working on fabrication of complex articles called targets in support of the Inertial Fusion Confinement and other national security programs. Targets are comprised of the essential elements of experiments on these high energy laser systems and are often intricate assemblies of numerous finely manufactured components; consequently, they raise many interesting challenges whose resolution requires a combination of materials & mechanical engineering and metrology science with a strong sense of practical implementation of advanced new processes. You will become the spearhead for a set of targets and drive the entire process to bring them to fruition from initial concept. This position is in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division.
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.
- Serve as the primary technical contact for assigned target platforms including their mechanical design, tolerance and materials specifications, assembly processes and performance.
- Contribute to the design of new target components or systems, develop new materials and assembly processes and transfer new learnings into production of such targets.
- Provide technical solutions to moderately complex problems and perform detailed project planning and vendor coordination to ensure that all deliverables are met on time.
- Collaborate in the design, modeling, and analysis of moderately complex to complex laboratory experiments and develop fabrication equipment, measurement instrumentation, and procedures as required while maintaining high safety and security standards in all aspects of work.
- Maintain comprehensive records and databases and prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
- Train and mentor technicians in new processes with specific emphasis on reliability and reproducibility.
- Interact frequently with end-users/customers and communicate project status, challenges and proposed solutions to management and SMEs.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Provide technical solutions to complex problems which may not be well defined, lead projects under minimal direction, and independently resolve technical objectives and criteria to satisfy project objectives and execute the appropriate technical approaches.
- Develop characterization techniques for measuring products against required specifications using advanced microscopy, interferometry, X-ray imaging, as well as chemical analysis.
- Collaborate with technical area leaders, project leaders, and program management to represent technical capabilities and project results to internal management and external sponsors.
- BS in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Ability to perform hands-on work in a laboratory or fast paced production facility such as developing robust processes and commissioning new systems, trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions, etc.
- Experience in project management skills and abilities, aptitude for managing change and commitment to deliverables and timetables.
- Proven track-record of being detail-oriented, developing meticulous protocols and delivering in a high consequence of error environment.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians and other technical and administrative staff.
- Experience working within a scientific team as well as working independently.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience in challenging, goal-oriented projects requiring understanding of mechanical and chemical characterization principles.
- Advanced knowledge of deposition processes such as electroplating, PVD or CVD.
- Significant experience working independently and ability to provide technical leadership to guide projects to completion, with the ability to analyze and present complex multi-parameter data.
- Experience with developing products, implementing new methods and processes and project management.
- Ability to leverage systems engineering best practices to guide design and risk mitigation, including determination and documentation of technical objectives, and risk mitigation plans requiring in-depth analysis of multiple factors.
- Experience in software programs such as Matlab, Labview, Python, etc.
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.
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.