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Mission-Analysis Systems Engineer

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Science & Engineering
Job ID: 101979
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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 experienced Systems Engineer. You will be responsible for leading the development and integration of advanced directed energy (DE) delivery systems including: high peak power lasers, high average power lasers, and high energy/high intensity short pulse lasers for the Department of Defense Technologies (DoD-T) Program in the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.
This position will be filled at either the SES.4 or SES.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Design, develop, and integrate a broad range of operational, system, and component level functional models to inform the following system engineering activities: Operational Analysis, Requirements Analysis, Functional Analysis, Interface Identification and Definition, System Synthesis, System Performance Analysis.
- Collaborate with DE source development teams and participate in system engineering management plan development and execution of short pulse, high power, and energy laser systems.
- Conduct advanced research into novel approaches to develop operational, system, and component level models as needed to execute an integrated engineering risk reduction program.
- Provide technical mentorship, leadership, and supervision to team members in the execution of their work scope with a focus on creating models to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification, and validation activities.
- Serve as a subject matter expert for commissioning and qualification of functional requirement identification and generation. 
- Provide significant influence on technical program objectives, routinely interacting with mid-level management and internal and external sponsors to guide system development decisions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.5 Level
- Lead the development of systems engineering management plans.
- Develop operational concepts and top-level requirements from mission needs statements; manage all aspects of functional, performance, and interface requirements.
- Oversee preliminary design and performance modeling of critical sub-systems for trade, performance, and integration studies (size, weight, and power).
- Master’s (MA/MS) degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Subject matter expert knowledge and significant experience in specifying, sizing, and integrating either of the following advanced DE subsystems: Electrical power storage, delivery, and control systems, including high power-density batteries or capacitors; Thermal management and control systems, including turbo-machinery and advanced heat-transfer concepts.
- Advanced problem solving, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently anticipate, analyze, advise, recommend, and approve appropriate actions and implement solutions to highly complex issues.
- Demonstrated record of accomplishment in research and development in DE subsystems.
- Significant experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
- Demonstrated leadership skills for leading and managing small, multidisciplinary teams.
- Significant experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of technical staff, managers, and vendors.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
In Addition at the SES.5 Level
- Nationally-recognized expertise in operational concept development, requirements management, and system architectural design.
- Expert knowledge and extensive experience performing modeling for large and/or complex energy systems with recognition broadly outside of LLNL.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
Desired Qualifications
-  PhD in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field.
-  Expertise with MBSE tools: SPARX, MAGICDRAW, and INNOSLATE.
-  Knowledge of DoD Architectural Framework and Acquisition Process best practices.

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:   Relisted position. Originally listed on February 13, 2017. Previous candidates need not reapply. 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.