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Electronics Technologist - Target Area Science & Engineering / NIF Facility Controls Systems

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 04/07/2022

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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 multiple openings for Electronics Technologist/Senior Electronics Technologists.  You will provide technical support for the Target Area Science & Engineering Group or NIF Facility Controls Group within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.  NIF is the world’s most powerful and energetic laser that a 24/7 operational facility and may occasionally require on call, overtime, shift, and/or weekends to accomplish goals.  This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

These positions will be filled at either level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Provide general assembly, fabrication, development, and recommend modifications to basic electronic circuits and system designs.
  • Work from sketches, drawings, electronic schematics, verbal, or written instructions, and solve problems to the sub-system or component level.
  • Update instructional guides for repairing, calibrating, fielding, and maintaining equipment and systems.
  • Provide general electronics technical support using appropriate electronics test methods and test equipment.
  • Diagnose, debug, test, evaluate, design, upgrade, maintain, and repair moderately complex electronics systems, instrumentation, controls, data acquisition, and test equipment; including test and build cables and other electronics fabrications.
  • Acquire and analyze basic data and test results using known performance parameters to report results and identify problems.
  • Contribute to moderately complex preliminary design concepts and engineering decision process.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Additional job responsibilities, at the 531.3 level

  • Establish circuit or systems parameters using advanced electronics circuitry, scientific knowledge, engineering principles, and mathematical calculations.  Write or interpret specifications used in crafting, maintaining, and calibrating complex electronic systems, chassis, or components.
  • Acquire and analyze complex preliminary data during design or prototyping of components, systems, or equipment, identify problems, and establish or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures.
  • Lead daily work scope activities of other technologists.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Associate degree in electronics technology or the equivalent combination of education and prior related experience.
  • Intermediate skills, knowledge, and understanding of moderately complex electronic circuits and systems including assembly, fabrication, testing, maintenance, and repair functions.
  • Experience working in electronics troubleshooting in an R&D laboratory, or a production or industrial electronics environment.
  • Experience and intermediate skills with fabrication of cables, test boxes, and fixturing.
  • Ability to apply general electronic and/or electro-optic knowledge to a breadth of applications and/or systems.
  • Experience in safe work and business practices.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Additional qualifications at the 531.3 level

  • Advanced understanding and experience in complex electronics technology including a background in both theory and design and ability to establish or modify specifications while applying electronic knowledge to a breadth of electronic circuits and systems.
  • High-level technical skills and knowledge of engineering principles to solve complex problems, while gathering and analyzing associated data.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, feedback, and teamwork skills and abilities, and experience providing technical direction to others.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology.
  • Experience with operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of vacuum systems.
  • Experience with high-speed, high-voltage pulsed systems.
  • Experience with PLC environment and industrial controls.

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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