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Project Engineer Technical Leader

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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 multiple openings for Project Engineer Technical Leaders to lead multi-disciplinary teams in the development of high average power and advanced high energy laser systems for Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) and Department of Defense Technology (DODT) programs at the Systems Engineer/Chief Systems Engineer level. You will interact and collaborate with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and senior management to assure effective project execution from the planning and proposal preparation phase through project completion.  Occasional travel to national and international programmatic and scientific meetings will be required.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate and support 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 

  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team including engineers, scientists, and technical staff to develop new laser technologies in support of APT and/or DODT programs, directing technical tasks and projects and influencing the technical direction of a broad team of scientists, engineers, and analysts.
  • Define laser 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.
  • Collaborate with sponsors and lead industry partners to address sponsor needs from the Subject Matter Expert (SME) perspective.
  • Establish business plans for program development and execution, costing and managing entire projects to budget.
  • Plan and oversee complex research and development activities and ensure the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of underlying core competencies while ensuring a safety, security, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with program sponsors and foster integration with relevant national and international scientific organizations and their activities.
  • Supervisory functions including staff training and development, conducting performance reviews, ranking, and salary management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level

  • Responsible for championing projects and for attracting and retaining project funding.
  • Develop strategies that enhance the ability of the lab to address new opportunities in photon sciences and laser-based applications.
  • Oversight of involved project costs and budgets.
  • Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and internal customers and serve as organization spokesperson by Laboratory management and/or external advisor by sponsors.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship
  • Master of Science degree in Laser Science Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Technical expertise at the Technical Fellow/Senior Technical Fellow level in one or more areas of Laser Physics, Laser Engineering, Systems Engineering with proven record of scientific creativity, achievement, and leadership, as documented in publications, conference proceedings, and professional recognition.
  • Significant experience working with high average power and high energy laser systems either pulsed and/or CW (continuous wave) or a related area.
  • Experience overseeing multiple phases of project life cycle management and rigorous engineering requirements.
  • Extensive experience developing, managing, and evaluating programs, projects, and personnel in a technically diverse organization, as well as managing financial activities, to ensure program and overhead accounts are properly maintained and overseen.
  • Experience working with third parties including transferring technologies to other organizations.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, collaboration, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills necessary to lead a diverse organization, guide innovative research, build cooperative multi-disciplinary teams, and interact with management and customers/sponsors. High degree of integrity, maturity, discretion, and judgement.
  • Supervisory experience including advanced ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals; including experience in development and implementation of performance reviews, ranking, and salary management; demonstrated ability to set clear goals and expectations, and communicate them to customers and division employees. Experience ensuring that security, ES&H, and quality management systems and standards are established and adhered to.
  • Ability to work with conflicting priorities and multiple tasking and deadlines.
  • Ability to travel to national and international programmatic and scientific meetings.

Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level

  • Expert knowledge of laser high average power/high energy laser system development.
  • Extensive experience championing, leading, and developing innovative cutting-edge principles, theories, and concepts.
  • Extensive experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects to a diverse group of engineers.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Ph.D. in laser science and engineering, physics, chemistry, or engineering.
  • 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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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.

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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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