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Senior Project Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 02/05/2022

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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.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Senior Project Engineer in the Nuclear Threat Reduction Program (NTRP) supporting N Program of the Global Security (GS) Directorate. You will be responsible for estimating and managing project scope, schedule, and budget across multiple projects as well as participating in experiment execution as needed within the Nonproliferation Research and Development (NPRD) programs. You will assist the Program Manager and Program Leads in implementing efficient management and execution practices and in developing organizational strategies to address the needs of our customers. You will be involved in field experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), Site 300 campus near Tracy California, and other remote locations. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position 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 advanced engineering and project leadership to team members in the execution of work scope with a focus on defining, developing, and executing complex experiments for NPRD customers which involve hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
  • Apply advanced systems engineering and project management principles to multiple complex technical projects at any given time and in a graded manner to balance resources with identified risk.
  • Coordinate with Principal Investigators (PIs) in the development of proposals, statements of work, project plans, and project risk assessments and responses, and in the use of sound project management practices in accordance with GS and Engineering policy.
  • Collaborate with teams of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians, coordinators, and procurement personnel to achieve project goals.
  • Travel frequently for project management of multi-laboratory teams and remote experiment execution.
  • Maintain and ensure quality standards for deliverables.
  • Leverage team members’ skills to successfully complete complex projects, by ensuring excellence in execution of technical work in the program.
  • Utilize existing work, internal resources, and partnerships to develop innovative capabilities to lead the development of project portfolios.
  • Work to improve processes and implement changes to increase efficiencies within the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level

  • Lead project planning and execution as the Project Manager/Engineer for field experiments at the LLNL Site 300 campus and remote locations, including leading multi-disciplinary and multi-laboratory teams in successful project execution.
  • Report program status to N-Program management and external sponsors as required.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related area, or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of the processes involved in hardware design, fabrication, testing, qualification, and deployment.
  • Significant experience in project management of complex, technical projects (especially R&D) including organizing, managing, and tracking scope, schedule, budget, and deliverables.
  • Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
  • Ability to effectively develop, organize, and manage a multi-disciplinary project team of engineers, scientists, designers, technicians, and coordinators.
  • Significant experience interacting and cooperating with all levels of management.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.

Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level 

  • Substantial experience leading, tracking, budgeting and resolving resource conflicts for multi-laboratory projects. Effectively accomplishing goals with team members who do not reside within your home institution through demonstrated leadership and influence.
  • Substantial experience assessing project risk and developing controls for managing project risk.
  • Substantial experience in formal engineering design review processes.
  • Expert communication skills, both verbal and written, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to interact effectively in a diverse research team environment. Deliver effective presentations and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s in Engineering and/or certification as a Project Management Professional.
  • Experience interfacing with external customers or industrial partners, especially the Department of Energy (DOE).

Additional Information

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

Position Information

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

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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