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Senior Project Engineer, LSEO

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/17/2023

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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

$178,410 - $240,384 Annually for the SES.4 level
$214,050 - $288,432 Annually for the SES.5 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 Senior Project Engineers. You will provide subject matter expertise and technical leadership on new and ongoing projects for the National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF&PS) Directorate. You will develop innovative high-power laser components and systems using advanced design and manufacturing techniques for scientific and defense applications.  Typical projects require highly advanced systems engineering; engineering analysis and computational simulation; extreme precision and unique materials; prototype design; state of the art fabrication and assembly; and engineering testing and deployment. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & 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.

In this role, you will

  • Provide technical guidance, leadership, and supervision to team members in the execution of their work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and deploying critical systems and components consistent with schedule and budget commitments.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for precision engineering and process optimization.
  • Set broad development/project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others. 
  • Direct technical activities as needed to specify, procure, evaluate and deploy unique materials, coatings and form factors.
  • Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables, publications and presentations; leverage team members’ skills to successfully complete highly complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.
  • Successfully utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to develop innovative capabilities to increase the impact of LLNL and lead the development of project portfolios.
  • Provide training, mentoring, and coaching to group personnel and prepare and present written and verbal presentations of technical work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.5 level

  • Assess strategic technical needs for development of supporting research and investments in technology infrastructure; lead technical initiatives in advancing state of the art engineering capabilities.
  • Champion major impact projects and multi-disciplinary efforts to positively impact the team’s long-term goals and objectives.
  • Represent the Laboratory to the sponsor and stakeholders and serve on external scientific/technical committees and act as senior technical expert on large programs/projects.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge in highly complex mechanical design and analysis and substantial experience in project planning and highly complex technical leadership.
  • Substantial experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
  • Substantial experience in developing advanced high-performance thermal management systems, precision fabrication and assembly.
  • Extensive experience championing large dynamic projects and multi-laboratory efforts that positively affected the organization’s long-term goals and objectives.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
  • Substantial experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of technical staff, managers, and vendors.
  • Leadership skills to lead and manage small, multi-disciplinary teams.

Additional qualifications at the SES.5 level

  • Nationally recognized expertise in one or more of the following areas: precision engineering, advanced manufacturing, optomechanical systems, microtechnology, or thermal management systems.
  • Extensive experience leveraging existing work, internal resources, and partnerships that resulted in successfully developing new project portfolios.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Engineering.
  • Successful track record of crafting new capabilities and catalyzing innovation to impact the long-term direction of an organization.
  • Experience in writing technical specifications and statements of work.

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. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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