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Systems and Technology Engineer

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 multiple openings for Systems and Technology Engineers to participate in systems engineering for Department of Defense Technology programs, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) programs as well as technology transfer for the applicable programs.  You will interact and collaborate with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and senior management.  In addition, you will partner with the Industrial Partnership Office (IPO) to lead the development and execution of plans for in-depth applicable technology transfer to industry or other partners. Occasional travel for programmatic and scientific meetings will be required on an as-needed basis. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations Division of the Engineering Directorate and in support of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.

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

  • Conduct systems engineering analyses, using advanced technical knowledge and experience,  to validate system and flow-down requirements and to develop testing plans with technology partners ensuring thorough and timely verification and validation.
  • Define system requirements flow-down from mission requirements to guide system design and risk mitigation activities, including determination and documentation of technical objectives and Concept of Operations (ConOps) requirements independently, under minimal direction.
  • Collaborate with sponsors and lead industry partners to address sponsor needs pulling from significant technical experience and advanced knowledge of complex technologies.
  • Lead technology transfer efforts and foster relationships with lead industry partners and sponsors, working closely with senior management and the industrial partnership office.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with program sponsors and foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities.
  • Plan and oversee research and development activities while ensuring a safety, security, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • Establish business plans and set broad vision for program development and execution, costing and managing entire projects to budget.
  • Influence the technical direction of a broad team of scientists, engineers, and analysts, providing consultative direction and setting objectives, while acting as a subject matter expert with highly advanced knowledge and substantial, high complex technical experience.
  • Influence the strategic technical decisions made by senior management and internal customers, providing expert advice. Perform in-depth analysis of highly complex technologies including projects that may involve intangible factors.
  • Perform in-depth analysis of highly complex technologies including projects that may involve intangible factors.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in Engineering, Physics, Material Science, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Significant and advanced full lifecycle engineering technical experience including overseeing multiple phases of project life cycle management and rigorous complex engineering requirements.
  • Experience developing, managing, and evaluating engineering projects and personnel in a technically diverse organization.
  • Experience working with third parties including transferring technologies to other organizations.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills necessary to lead a diverse multi-disciplinary technical team, guide innovative research, interact and build strong working relationships with management and customers/sponsors. High degree of integrity, maturity, discretion, and judgement.
  • Ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple tasking and deadlines.
  • Ability to travel to programmatic and scientific meetings on an as-needed basis.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Knowledge of laser high average power/high energy laser systems.
  • Experience championing, leading, and developing innovative cutting-edge principles, theories, and concepts including involved project budgets and providing highly advanced engineering expertise.
  • Substantial experience guiding and providing strategic direction for highly complex projects to a diverse group of engineers, acting as a subject matter expert, including experience analyzing factors that may not be well defined.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD Engineering, physics, or material science.
  • Understanding of a diverse laboratory and national research environment, and the ability to work within that environment towards long-range goals.
  • Familiarity with DOE/NNSA programs and oversight of FFRDCs, as well as with programs and core capabilities relevant to DoD technology programs.

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

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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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 here.

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