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Computer Control Systems Operator for NIF&PS

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 11/19/2021

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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 Electronics Technologist to serve as the Computer Control Systems Operator responsible for the operational support of control systems software, databases, networks, and hardware required to perform successful laser shots at the National Ignition Facility (NIF).  NIF is the world’s most powerful and energetic laser and involves working with many integrated systems. You will develop, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, operate, and maintain moderately complex software supporting large computer-based control systems.  You will interact with all subsystem operators, engineers, engineering associates, and other technologists as well as with all levels of management both within and outside the NIF & Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) Directorate.  NIF is a 24/7 operational facility and will require shift flexibility, including occasional overtime, and may include weekend hours.  Some work will occur in radiological environments. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Work in the NIF Control Room with responsibilities for starting and stopping the Integrated Computer Controls System (ICCS) software processes as well as setting up, analyzing, and monitoring the health of these and other laser shot related software and executing NIF experimental checklists.
  • Provide moderately complex computer-based support for thick-client and web-client software Java applications.
  • Execute deployment plans, follow through on installation and routine maintenance of moderately complex hardware, and conduct testing to operationally qualify hardware devices and test procedures; document test results; support identification, prioritization, tracking, and retesting of control system defects discovered during testing.
  • Monitor processes during operations, commissioning, and new software release testing while working under general supervision on well understood tasks.
  • Perform moderately complex troubleshooting including restarting of servers and database connections.
  • Analyze software problems and gather data for feedback to share with developers for further troubleshooting; includes troubleshooting and repairing routine hardware failures and update device configuration information as needed; work directly with engineers and hardware technicians to troubleshoot, commission, and qualify equipment and devices as they come online.     
  • Provide feedback to software developers, engineers, engineering associates, and designers regarding appropriateness and accuracy of software, control system assembly, installation, checkout, and activation documents; suggest improvements for subsequent phased deployments.
  •  Perform all assignments in accordance with safety, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • 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 Computer Science/Engineering/Technology or 4+ years of equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  •  Detailed knowledge and intermediate experience utilizing computer-based software applications such as web-based form applications utilizing a Java Thick Client.
  •  Experience providing general technical support in a command-line environment.
  • Intermediate experience with the full life cycle (deploying, activating, testing and troubleshooting) of moderately complex electronic and computer-based instrumentation and control systems, interlock systems, and mechanical hardware including working with formal configuration control practices.
  •  Detailed knowledge of supervisory control systems and equipment, and computer communications networking equipment as well as experience and understanding of IP networks, switches, and desktop support.
  •  Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills including pivot tables and Visual Basic as well as experience with Oracle SQL and knowledge of SolarWinds and SPLUNK.      
  •  Experience providing general technical support within a Linux/Unix environment.
  •  Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment under general supervision.
  •  Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Qualifications We Desire

  •  Knowledge and/or experience in informal and formal component-level and system-level testing and commissioning processes.
  •  Experience integrating and performing acceptance testing for post-production deployment of computer control system hardware for large systems.
  •  Experience supporting computer control systems for large systems, especially large laser systems.

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.

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