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Materials Process Engineer

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 11/16/2021

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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 a Materials Process Engineer to perform research, development, and application activities in support of Laboratory missions. You will support R&D activities in Materials Processing and Characterization for Advanced Coatings and Thin-Film Fabrication. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), 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

  • Work under general direction to research and contribute to the development of materials processing technology that support advanced mechanical, thermal, fluidic, optical, laser, and/or electronic systems for various applications.
  • Conduct experiments and produce thin-film coating materials using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor depositions (PVD) by sputtering or evaporation, atomic layer deposition (ALD), and plasma processing (e.g., for doping or etching).
  • Obtain and analyze thin-film data using a variety of characterization techniques such as profilometry, optical or electron microscopy, spectroscopy, and/or X-ray diffraction.
  • Operate and maintain high-vacuum coating and deposition systems.
  • Maintain production schedule and resolve scheduling conflicts by communicating and collaborating with the team of fabrication engineers and scientists.
  • Develop appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions. May be required to make brief technical presentations.
  • Contribute to project/program milestone completion and provide solutions to problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Document development activities, write reports, and deliver design reviews and project briefings.
  • Under limited direction, define and prioritize moderately complex to complex tasks and goals to ensure project needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Work independently and with teams to solve moderately complex to complex problems that require analysis and creative use of broadly defined techniques and methods.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory and experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.
  • Good communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Fundamental knowledge of material properties and various coating and manufacturing methods.
  • Experience working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Experience performing independent work with technical objectives and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering hardware design, fabrication, or testing processes and concepts and ability to demonstrate full competency.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Experience in process development based on design of experiments.
  • Experience working in a cleanroom and familiarity with standard silicon microfabrication processing (e.g., photolithography).
  • Experience with a range of different materials, including metals, alloys, ceramics, and polymers.
  • Experience working in an environment with stringent safety and security policies.

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.  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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