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Target Area Field Lead

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 an opening for a Target Area Field Lead.  You will support the Target Area Operations (TAO) group of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate (NIF & PS).  You will lead approved scope of work and provide advanced technical solutions in the setup, recovery, and maintenance of Target Diagnostic Equipment and Final Optics Assemblies in support of NIF shot operations. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will 

  • Provide advanced technical support for the installation and operation of complex diagnostic systems and final optics assemblies for maintenance and commissioning activities including maintaining operational status of NIF facility subsystems.

  • Maintain the daily operational schedule with real-time problem resolution, ensuring the setup, recovery, and operation of intricate diagnostic equipment and final optics assemblies, including comprehensive troubleshooting and maintenance.

  • Under minimal supervision/direction, provide technical guidance and direction to the TAO technician staff to meet changing priorities on the floor.

  • Communicate and coordinate target diagnostic and final optics activities with the supervisory staff in the NIF Control Room.

  • Analyze process improvements for complex technical problems and suggest updates to procedures and qualifications.

  • Plan, organize, and lead complete projects of limited scope.

  • Provide technical expertise, advice, and direction to technicians, making frequent decisions with regular, independent interaction with scientists, engineers, and skilled technical personnel with follow-up to work group management.

  • Serve as primary technical contact for Target Area Operations, Diagnostics, and Optic Assembly components to respond in real-time to off-normal occurrences. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Associate degree in Mechanical Technology, Electrical Technology, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Advanced skills and understanding of relevant technologies and processes, including interpreting and utilizing vacuum systems and ability to solve complex hardware or system challenges.
  • Experience with the setup, recovery, and maintenance of Target Diagnostic Equipment and Final Optics Assemblies.
  • Experience providing technical direction to others in technical operations or within an R&D environment.
  • Experience establishing appropriate work methods and setting priorities. Ability to regularly make decisions, solve complex problems, establish and/or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Experience working with formal procedures, work controls, and configuration management.
  • Ability to work in confined or restricted movement areas, climb stairs, stand, or walk for long periods of time. Ability to work in areas in areas of Beryllium and radiological contamination and where use of a respirator may be required.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working with radiological materials and associated controls.
  • Experience with the development, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems and clean protocol techniques, coupled with attention to detail.
  • Experience working with mechanical drawings and procedures.
  • Ability to pass NIF Radiological Worker II qualification.

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.

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