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Electronics Technologist, Target Diagnostic Operator for NIF&PS

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 11/17/2021

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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

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is seeking  multiple talented and self‐motivated Electronics Technologists in the Target Diagnostic Operations team, to perform precision assembly, testing, operating, alignment, and documentation of diagnostic systems that support critical NIF experiments. This involves maintaining moderately complex experimental, research, and prototype equipment associated with electronic and/or photonics systems within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate. Some work will occur in radiological environments and the candidate will get trained prior to having access to those areas.  Due to the vast and varying types of experiments, NIF is a 24/7 operational facility. These positions may require you to have the flexibility to work overtime, shift and or weekends to accomplish goals. These positions may also require working alternate schedules such as 3 or 4 12-hour shifts per week.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will


  • Provide general assembly, alignment, engineering testing and documentation for moderately complex electronic and/or photonics components and experimental systems involving physics; You will utilize continuous wave (CW) and pulsed lasers, oscilloscopes, camera systems, power supplies, diagnostic and control instrumentation, and associated hardware.
  • Working with a large computer control system, through a graphical user interface, support the setup and operation of a large complex laser facility, including the configuration, execution, and data acquisition of complex laser plasma interaction experiments.
  • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of moderately complex equipment.
  • Acquire and analyze data and test results using known performance parameters, providing solutions and alternate approaches to moderately complex problems using individual creativity and judgment while under general supervision.
  • Prepare and work from instructional guides for repairing, calibrating, operating, and maintaining equipment and systems.
  • Provide input for documentation of system operation and test procedures. Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate degree in an engineering technology such as Laser and Electro-Optics, Mechanical or Electrical Technologies, or equivalent combination of education and experience related to the essential skills, knowledge, and abilities below.
  • Intermediate skills and understanding of some aspect of electronic and/or photonics assembly; including troubleshooting, installation, and maintenance in a large, multi-beam laser system in the areas of beam alignment, cryogenic operations, laser operations, conventional, or process utilities.
  • Intermediate skills and experience with diagnostic instrumentation used in a scientific research laboratory (oscilloscopes, interferometers, spectrometers, photometers, multimeters, etc.).
  • Understanding of and intermediate skills with remote control of devices using computer-based systems or remote hardware.
  • Ability to recognize and decipher technical data including experience with advanced methods of data analysis and reporting.
  • Ability to learn technical background using computer control and data acquisition systems or similar large systems.
  • Experience in time-critical and moderately complex organization and activities.
  • Experience in safe work and business practices including the ability to lift 25 lbs. in a safe and controlled manner, certify to handle radiological components, and wear a respirator.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with precision mechanical assembly, alignment, and testing.
  • Experience using complex computer control and data acquisition systems utilized in the remote control of opto‐mechanical devices.
  • Experience working within a nuclear, military, or highly technical laboratory environment.
  • Ability to work on moderately complex systems including optical, electrical, and mechanical

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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