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Senior Defense Systems Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 01/18/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for Senior Defense Systems Engineers. You will participate in the nuclear weapon Life Extension Programs (LEPs). We provide nuclear weapon engineering design expertise; systems engineering; experimental device design; fabrication and assembly; surveillance of nuclear stockpile components; engineering analysis and computational simulation; and engineering testing for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring and future nuclear weapon stockpile. These positions are in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate. DTED provides support to Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs.

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide technical expertise in mechanical design and/or systems engineering.
  • Develop and produce advanced conceptual and detail designs that meet technical requirements.
  • Provide customers with engineering solutions for a wide range of engineering challenges associated with execution of ongoing programmatic activities including the generation of planning documents, reports, and presentations as required to support customer deliverables.
  • Manage project interfaces and deployment interfacing with other organizations internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Serve on cross-cutting technical teams or project teams in support of the stockpile stewardship mission of the Laboratory.
  • Lead and/or provide guidance and technical direction to multidisciplinary project teams in a growing, dynamic environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
  • Provide expert capability in highly complex mechanical design and analysis.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanical design.
  • Significant experience in prototype development and testing, as well as hardware design and analysis.
  • Ability to devise solutions for unique and complex problems.
  • Ability and flexibility to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests.
  • Significant experience managing, overseeing, and delivering multiple projects on budget and on schedule.
  • Ability to lead, manage, and mentor junior team members.
  • Advanced communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Subject matter expertise in highly complex mechanical design and analysis and significant experience in project planning and providing technical leadership. 
  • Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and strong track record of team building and conflict resolution.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  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.  An L or Q 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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