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NIF Diagnostics Systems Engineer- (mid-career/senior level)

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/14/2023

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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.

Pay Range

$123,960.00  - $166,992.00  Annually for the SES.2 level
$148,650.00  - $200,328.00  Annually for the SES.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for mid-career to senior level Electrical Engineers that will work as NIF Diagnostics Systems Engineers.  This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser.  It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022, a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.

You will provide engineering solutions for developing, implementing, and maintaining diagnostic systems hardware within the Target Area Science & Engineering Operations group.  This position will include maintenance and upgrades to fielded diagnostic systems, support infrastructure, facility integration, technical project management, and systems engineering duties. You will contribute to the engineering design and development of new hardware and system upgrades to continually improve system performance and reliability. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering 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.

You will

  • Provide engineering support for routine operations of diagnostic positioner and detector systems deployed on NIF,
  • Work closely with inter-organizational contacts and external customers to define requirements for diagnostics and positioners.
  • Participate in formal and informal design reviews.  Present design materials to inter-organization and external audiences.  Manage the system requirement specifications used for control system design.
  • Manage the system requirement specifications used for control system design.
  • Contribute to daily activities in NIF by providing engineering support for deployment, activation, commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance of positioner and diagnostic systems.
  • Provide guidance for moderately complex system repairs, upgrades, and commissioning for current and future systems. Collaborate with project managers and customers to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication.
  • Collaborate with project managers and customers to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication.
  • Develop documentation under limited direction that will be used as a basis for the long-term maintenance and operation of diagnostic systems.
  • Perform systems engineering analysis to determine requirements and plan electrical component and system level tests of positioners and diagnostic instruments.
  • Work independently to determine, maintain, and present metrics for system reliability and performance.  Use those metrics to drive investments in system improvements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Lead team of professional colleagues in development of program efforts. 
  • Lead formal and informal design reviews to identify and mitigate engineering risks. 


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline related to electronics, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Proficiency and comprehensive experience with full engineering lifecycle including gathering requirements, design reviews and analysis, through commissioning, troubleshooting, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and application of industrial communication cabling including coaxial, twisted pair, and fiber optics.
  • Broad experience developing industrial analog and digital circuit design for incorporation into controls/instrumentation hardware.  Experience incorporating embedded hardware into systems in a high EMI environment.
  • Proficient understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of both analog and discrete instrumentation (sensors, actuators, controllers), data acquisition and signal processing/conditioning including fiber optic cable communications.
  • Experience with electronic and optical measurement equipment including oscilloscopes, time-domain reflectometers, optical power meters, and digital multi-meters.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to present and explain technical information.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge in the design of complex industrial systems and diagnostic recording systems.
  • Significant experience leading teams, coordinating efforts across disciplines, and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems. Experience employing project management and supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.
  • Significant experience defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
  • Significant experience using and expanding MATLAB, Python, SPICE, or LabVIEW, scripts/routines for analysis, parameter optimization and/or lab automation.
  • Advanced knowledge of and significant experience with scientific detector, vacuum, and high voltage (>1000V) pulsed systems including identifying and leading opportunities for enhancements as appropriate.
  • Significant experience with complex technical project management including the use of Gannt charts and/or systems engineering.

Additional Information

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



Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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