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Electrical Engineer - Entry Level

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/12/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range
$103,290.00  - $132,612.00  Annually for the SES.1 level
$123,960.00  - $159,168.00  Annually for the SES.2 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 exceptional electrical engineers to work on projects in applied electromagnetics, specifically in the area of pulsed power science and technology. You will participate in the development of one-of-a-kind systems for multiple experimental programs in support of LLNL’s stockpile stewardship mission. You will contribute to the design, instrumentation, and execution of unique experiments employing high power pulsed electrical energy and/or energetic materials (high explosives) to study matter in extreme states. You will have the opportunity to bring your creativity and innovation to bear on some of the most challenging technical problems our nation faces and develop novel engineering practices and approaches to continually improve performance and reliability of existing R&D systems. These positions are in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate and may require travel as part of a program assignment.

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 a higher level.

You will 

  • Perform hands-on work in a laboratory setting to test and collect data from electromagnetic devices and components, including high voltage and current pulsed power systems, under general direction and oversight from senior engineering and scientific staff.
  • Perform and document analyses of test results using engineering software tools and communicate findings to senior engineering and scientific staff.
  • Design electrical circuits and electromagnetic devices using engineering software, including (but not limited to) SPICE-based circuit solvers and printed circuit board design and layout tools.
  • Work cooperatively within a multi-disciplinary team to contribute to the fulfillment of program objectives.
  • Using well defined guidelines, adhere to the highest standards of personnel safety and facility oversight while participating in the execution of high-value, high-consequence demonstrations and experiments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Perform essential duties under limited direction from senior engineering and scientific staff.
  • Provide solutions to problems of moderate complexity that require creative use of established and/or innovative methods.
  • Present and disseminate research results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed publications, in open and classified environments, internal and external to LLNL.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a US DOE Q level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of, and experience with, laboratory instrumentation such as oscilloscopes, power supplies, network analyzers, waveform generators and electrical diagnostics.
  • Fundamental knowledge of, and experience with, engineering software tools (PSPICE or similar, Altium PCB layout tools or similar) and scientific computing languages (Python, MATLAB, Mathematica or similar).
  • Aptitude for (and interest in) mastering new fields of engineering and physics.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks, projects, and priorities.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate, present, and explain technical information in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience using laboratory instrumentation to test and analyze electromagnetic devices and components.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience using computational tools and techniques to design and analyze electromagnetic devices and components (including numerical circuit solvers, finite-element/finite difference codes, method-of-moments codes).
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate and present and explain technical information in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
  • Experience in pulse power science and technology.

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.

Beware of Fraudulent Job Postings. LLNL’s hiring practices:

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  • Encourages all applicants to visit LLNL’s careers page at if they saw the job posting on another site prior to applying to ensure the job posting is accurate and valid.

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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