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Project Engineer for HEDS/ICF

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/14/2022

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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 a Project Engineer to support the High Energy Density (HED) physics and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program offices in support of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate. NIF houses the world’s most energetic and powerful laser facility.  You will work as a liaison between various National Ignition Facility (NIF) stakeholder groups and program scientists in all aspects of the experimental lifecycle (including requirements definition, project planning, and design reviews) to enable the successful execution of experiments at the NIF. You will communicate concepts and designs developed jointly with scientific colleagues to suppliers while identifying and mitigating risks to part delivery. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, 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,

  • Gather requirements from multiple stakeholders to develop detailed experimental plans for the HED/ICF effort and track progress to plan.
  • Participate in design reviews.
  • Schedule and coordinate moderately complex to complex experiments on the NIF within all constraints as defined by the physics teams and NIF expert groups while working under limited direction.
  • Communicate proposed scope and schedule changes to the Campaign Leader and team members, and document and communicate Configuration Control Board (CCB) decisions.
  • May represent the HED/ICF team and Campaign Leads on technical reviews and with NIF Expert Review Groups that assess experiments for machine safety.
  • Collaborate with other organizations, internal and external to the Laboratory, on project interfaces.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Build consensus on complex target design specifications and resolve related issues that may arise with diagnostic use, target/diagnostic alignment, fielding of targets, and requested laser beam profiles.
  • Contribute to technical strategy for an integrated project plan to help bring a new target fielding or diagnostic capability required by the HED or ICF program to the NIF, independently and under minimal direction. 


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and broad experience with moderately complex to complex engineering principles to solve problems using established guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Experience and proficiency in project planning (including gathering of technical requirements and participating in design reviews), scheduling, change control, including use of project management tools.
  • Broad experience developing and implementing engineering solutions to a diverse range of moderately complex to complex problems while working under limited direction.
  • Experience with monitoring performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables and contribute to solutions for corrective actions where necessary.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to coordinate work and goals on multiple simultaneous projects effectively while working under limited direction.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience in one or more areas: design, analysis, prototyping, early fabrication/assembly/test, engineering data management, engineering-process improvement, and configuration management.
  • Significant experience leading strategies and project teams to accomplish technical goals including problem solving independently, under minimal direction.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment including presenting and explaining complex technical information, while providing assessments/recommendations to management and influencing multidisciplinary teams.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in engineering.
  • Knowledge of engineering hardware design and fabrication, and design principles.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 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

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  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.  Q-level 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.

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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