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Optics and Photonics Academic Graduate Appointee

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 08/02/2021

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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 Optics and Photonics Engineer Academic Graduate Appointee. You will work under the guidance of staff members to execute design, fabrication, and testing of laser-based devices and sensors for projects that support national security programs. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will

  • Work under general guidance of staff in areas such as optics, photonics, lasers, and micro and nanofabrication.
  • Conduct, analyze, and present data from experiments to develop and improve the understanding of materials.
  • Perform modeling, design, and microfabrication of optical systems.
  • Support design, development, and assembly of optical.
  • Conduct electo-optical and analytical testing of optical and laser systems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in in Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field.
  • Broad general background in Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field demonstrated by coursework, training, and/or work experience.
  • Experience with design and operation of lasers and measurements of optical devices, and data analysis.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, document analyses and prepare, present and explain technical information and publications.
  • Strong initiative, interpersonal skills, creativity, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.                              

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: semiconductor devices, electrical characterization, and microscopy.
  • Experience with computer and simulation tools such as COMSOL, Lumerical, Zemax, Code V, SolidWorks, and AutoCad
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, Java, and C++.

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.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  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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