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Project Engineer - Senior - Active Clearance Required

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 04/15/2021

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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 Senior Project Engineer in the Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) supporting N Program of the Global Security (GS) Directorate. You will be responsible for estimating and managing project scope, schedule, and budget across multiple projects and programs as well as participating in experiment execution as needed. You will assist the NEST Program Leader (PL) and Associate Program Leaders (APL) in implementing efficient management and execution practices and in developing strategies to address the needs of our stakeholders. You will be involved in field experiments at our Tracy campus or remote locations. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position 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 advanced technical direction and project leadership to the execution of the NEST preparedness and response portfolio, including preparation and tracking of annual budgets, deliverables, etc., for both LLNL internal and NNSA reporting and accountability, working with the NEST APLs.

  • Apply advanced systems engineering and project management principles to multiple complex technical projects at any given time and in a graded manner to balance resources with identified risk.

  • Mentor Principal Investigators (PIs) in the development of proposals, statements of work, project plans, and project risk assessments and responses, and in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policies.

  • Collaborate with teams of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, coordinators, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.

  • Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables.

  • Leverage team members’ skills to successfully complete complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.

  • Utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to develop innovative capabilities to increase the impact of LLNL and lead the development of project portfolios.

  • Improve processes and implement changes to increase efficiencies within the organization.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level 

  • Set broad research/project vision and influence technical direction for self-and/or others, working with counterparts across the laboratory, especially within other parts of the Nuclear Threat Reduction program.

  • Report program status to N-Program management and external sponsors as required.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related area, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.

  • Experience with NNSA nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in project management of complex, technical projects including organizing, managing, and tracking scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Significant experience assessing project risk and developing controls for managing project risk.

  • Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.

  • Programmatic experience in R&D and/or operational support relevant to NNSA response capabilities.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a qualified responder Personnel Qualifications Standards (PQS) certification in one of the scientific or engineering skillsets.

  • Ability to effectively mentor, develop, lead and manage a multi-disciplinary project team of engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.

  • Significant experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of management.

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Expertise in leading, tracking, and budgeting highly complex projects and managing and resolving resource conflicts including experience managing multi-laboratory projects, effectively leading and influencing to accomplish goals with team members who do not reside within your home institution.

  • Substantial experience implementing an Integrated Safety Management program or an equivalent industry protocol and leading or participating in formal engineering design review processes.

  • Expert verbal and written communication skills, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to interact effectively in a diverse research team environment, deliver effective presentations, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Engineering and/or certification as a Project Management Professional.

  • Experience interfacing with external customers or industrial partners, especially the Department of Energy (DOE).

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

Site 300

Site 300 is an experimental test site operated by LLNL.  Situated on 7,000 acres in rural foothills approximately six miles southwest of downtown Tracy and 15 miles southeast of Livermore, Site 300 hosts approximately 200 employees with expertise in such fields as engineering, chemistry, biology, and environmental restoration. Employees assigned to work at Site 300 may be exposed to the organism that causes San Joaquin Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis).

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.

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.

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

Employee Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link.

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