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Laser System Engineering and Operations Group Leader/ Supervisor

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 04/02/2024

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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:

$125,160 - $155,400 annually

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 Engineering Group Leaders/Supervisors to fill the role of a first line supervisor, including leading small multi-disciplinary groups of engineering associates, technologists, and supplemental labor responsible for supporting key operations, production, and R&D activities.  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 may supervise groups that support Cryo Operations, Computer Information System Operations, Target Area Operations, and/or Target Diagnostic Factory and Mechanical Design.  You will have a critical role in fostering successful careers, creating a positive and inclusive working environment, and providing an outstanding and diverse staff to meet program needs. These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will

  • Lead, supervise, and provide technical, career, and administrative guidance to group members, write performance appraisals, participate in performance and salary management processes; monitor performance required to meet programmatic milestones and deliverables and lead corrective actions where necessary. Make recommendations on promotion and disciplinary actions for group members.
  • Collaborate with the NIF&PS Directorate leaders to identify and manage the work assignments for the group members, define work objectives, and obtain ongoing performance feedback.
  • Advise and evaluate staff on the execution of technical work, provide performance feedback, identify staff networking opportunities, provide training and coaching, and facilitate regular career growth and development discussions, including plans and goals.
  • Monitor and influence the work environment to foster employee morale and well-being; recruit, hire, mentor, and retain outstanding technical staff.
  • Manage workforce projections working with programmatic managers to meet staff availability and training needs, using this information to help develop a vision for the group.
  • Establish and/or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Direct teams and individuals to perform work safely and consistent with program objectives.
  • Manage training questionnaires and verify training compliance.
  • The NIF Cryo Operations, NIF Computer Information System Operations, NIF Target Area Operations, and NIF Target Diagnostic Factory will include Work Center Supervisor responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field of engineering technology, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced technical skills in electronic systems, mechanical systems, optical systems, operations, or mechanical design. 
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in providing technical direction to others, leading and/or supervising personnel in laboratory and operations settings.
  • Ability to assemble and direct teams to complete specific projects or resolve complex to highly complex technical problems in a safe and secure manner.
  • Established interpersonal skills to lead/supervise project teams, mentor, negotiate win-win solutions, team building, and provide customer service.
  • Ability to manage emotions in positive ways to communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome setbacks, and defuse conflict.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication, presentation, and feedback skills in multiple technical areas.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Highly organized, reliable, and dependable with an ability to manage/supervise a variety of concurrent activities.
  • Experience in payroll supervision, preparation of performance reviews, ranking and salary management, and knowledge of Engineering Directorate policies and procedures.
  • Experience interacting with and satisfying customer needs in a highly technical setting.
  • Experience in high energy and power laser systems, operations, or production organization.
  • Experience as a NIF Work Center Supervisor
  • Experience in Ombuds program or equivalent.

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.

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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.

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