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NIF Control Room Electronics Technologist

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Technicians/IT
Job ID: 101992
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for an Electronics Technologist. You will develop, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, operate, and maintain experimental, research, and prototype equipment associated with electronics, lasers, computers, and/or electro-optic systems to support the Shot Operations organization within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate. NIF is a 24/7 operational facility and may occasionally require to work overtime, shift, and/or weekends to accomplish goals; minimal work may occur in Radiological environments. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the 531.2 or 531.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Provide design and update details where lacking and recommend modifications to electronic circuits and/or photonics systems and systems designs.
- Prepare and work from instructional guides for repairing, calibrating, operating, and maintaining equipment and systems.
- Provide general electronics or electro-optics technical support using appropriate test methods and equipment.
- Assist in developing test parameters, troubleshooting and testing materials, components, or systems.
- Diagnose, debug, test, evaluate, design, upgrade, maintain, align, operate, and repair moderately complex electronics or electro-optics systems, instrumentation, controls, data acquisition, and test equipment.
- Acquire and analyze basic data and test results using known performance parameters to report results and identify problems.
- Contribute to moderately complex preliminary design concepts and engineering decision process.  
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the 531.3 Level
- Establish circuit or systems parameters using advanced electronics circuitry and/or optical layouts, scientific knowledge, engineering principles, and mathematical calculations.
- Develop or evaluate test procedures, determine circuit or optical system requirements, and develop diagnostics and applications software.
- Identify, analyze, and provide solutions and alternate approaches to complex laser electro-optical problems using individual creativity and judgment. May have technical lead responsibilities.
- Associate’s degree (AA/AS) in electronics, computer maintenance/technology, electro-optic technology, or equivalent combination of education and experience with related experience in a large, multi-beam, inertial confinement fusion laser operations environment.
- Intermediate skills, knowledge, and abilities in electronics and/or electro-optics technology including general background in both theory and design.
- Experience in the alignment and operation of high-power, multi-beam laser systems, and/or laser target diagnostic systems in a very high-power laser operations environment.
- Ability to apply general electronic and/or electro-optic knowledge to a breadth of applications and/or systems.
- Effective written and verbal communication, interpersonal, and teamwork skills and abilities.
- Ability to solve moderately complex analytical problems.
- Experience in safe work and business practices.
In Addition at the 531.3 Level
- Advanced understanding of electronic and/or electro-optics technology including theory, design, and component-to-system understanding.
- Advanced technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems in a high-power laser operations environment.
- Effective communication, interpersonal, feedback, and teamwork skills and abilities, and experience providing technical direction to others.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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.

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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 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.