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Target Fabrication Engineer - Research Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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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
$159,330.00  - $204,636.00  Annually for the SES.3 level
$191,220.00  - $245,544.00  Annually for the SES.4 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 openings for Materials Scientists who will become core member of an interdisciplinary team working on a variety of technical challenges underlying fabrication of complex articles called targets in support of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at LLNL and other national security programs. Targets are intricate assemblies of numerous finely manufactured components and are comprised of the essential elements of experiments on these high energy density (HED) plasma generating systems.  Consequently, they raise many interesting challenges whose resolution requires a combination of materials & chemical engineering and metrology science with a strong sense of real-world implementation of reliable new processes. You will be the technical lead for projects that seek to advancement of the science and technology of fabrication and characterization of critical components that are central to evolving our mission.  These positions are in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division.

These positions will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team.  Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

You will 

  • Provide technical leadership and solutions to materials development projects with a goal of meeting the stringent requirements that are needed for HED experiments.
  • Propose and spearhead new ideas and methodologies to investigate the multi-disciplinary science required to solve the complex needs of the program.
  • Design and implement novel materials processing and characterization techniques including vapor and liquid phase deposition, advanced microscopy, interferometry, and/or X-ray imaging, as well as chemical analysis.
  • Perform in-depth project planning and assignment of critical priorities and goals to ensure that all deliverables are met on time.
  • Collaborate in the design, modeling, and analysis of laboratory experiments and develop fabrication equipment, measurement instrumentation, and procedures as required while maintaining high safety and security standards.
  • Provide comprehensive data analysis to understand and resolve subtle problems and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
  • Train and mentor younger staff in new processes with specific emphasis on bringing projects to fruition with a basis of reliability and reproducibility.
  • Periodically present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings and publish technical work in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • Provide technical solutions to complex problems which may not be well defined, direct and align projects to meet evolving strategic objectives, and independently resolve technical objectives
  • Collaborate with technical area leaders, project leaders, and program management to represent technical capabilities and project results to internal management and external sponsors.
  • Work on ways to continually update, improve and refine fabrication and characterization technologies using latest technical advances described in literature.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience in challenging, goal-oriented projects requiring substantial understanding of optical engineering principles.
  • Significant experience in and advanced knowledge of topics such as materials science, deposition technologies, data analysis and metrology.
  • Ability to perform hands-on work in a laboratory or fast paced production facility such as developing robust processes and commissioning new systems, trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions, etc.
  • Proven track-record of being detail-oriented, developing meticulous protocols and delivering in a high consequence of error environment, with the ability to analyze and present complex multi-parameter data.
  • Significant experience working within a scientific team as well as working independently.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level

  • Expert level experience in chemical labs with an objective of developing real-world products with demanding requirements. 
  • Significant experience working independently and ability to provide technical leadership to guide projects to completion.
  • Proven ability to comprehend the overall project goals and develop new directions for

Additional Information

Position Information

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

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.

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