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Experimental Lead

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/08/2021

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Experimental Lead to support the Initiation Systems Group (ISG) conducting dynamic experiments in the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF). You will be responsible for the technical direction and execution of experiments by interacting with Principal Investigators and Firing Operators and ensuring necessary work instructions are completed, maintained, and used as required to conduct safe, secure, effective, and efficient operations of firing activities. In addition, you will prepare packages of post-experiment materials with pertinent data analysis and interpretation. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal 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 technical direction for execution of various complex experiments to include explosives, high voltage, lasers, and high-speed diagnostics, ensuring the effective collection of mission-essential data.
  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee the fabrication, purchasing (including high explosives), hardware assembly, and diagnostic placement for experiments at HEAF.
  • Apply innovative technical expertise to experiment scheduling, personnel coordination, diagnostic implementation, and energetic material target assembly for testing in enclosed firing tanks at HEAF.
  • Develop and maintain accurate and detailed technical records of experimental design and data to ensure results are properly annotated and organized for reports.
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers in the implementation of safety guidelines for experimental operations by applying technical knowledge and skills in a variety of safety disciplines and ensuring design reviews are conducted on novel experiments in compliance with the HEAF Facility Safety Document.
  • Interact with internal customers, working under general direction to design and implement solutions for complex experimental designs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 339.2 level

  • Utilize independent judgment to provide highly advanced technical support to prioritize and schedule highly complex experiments with long lead-times, and deconflict scope, which may involve parallel tasks with unclear priorities.
  • Represent the organization by providing input on technical issues of high significance and at external meetings and/or conferences.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of engineering design and engineering drawings, including geometric tolerancing and dimensioning, and knowledge of machining processes, mechanical fabrication and assembly, materials properties and manufacturing methods.
  • Experience managing projects with a high consequence of error with regard to safety.
  • Significant experience functioning as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience identifying and recommending solutions to complex technical problems by evaluating readily identifiable factors using standard methodologies.
  • Experience in collection, analysis, and documentation of engineering and/or scientific data.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Ability and willingness to become a qualified Explosives Handler.

Additional qualifications at the 339.2 level

  • Experience in identifying and analyzing hazards and developing and implementing effective controls for unique experimental activities.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of energetic materials - including understanding behavior under extreme loading, including shock, impact, and heating environments.
  • Extensive experience identifying and recommending solutions to highly complex technical problems by evaluating largely identifiable factors using innovative methodologies.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of the Primary Nuclear Design experimental program at multiple locations.
  • Knowledge of LLNL policies and procedures and ES&H requirements, and DOE regulations, national codes and standards, and administrative relationships or ability to work in highly regulated environment.

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.

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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