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Electrical/Computer Engineer

Associate | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/20/2022

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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 an Electrical/Computer Engineer. You will participate in new and ongoing projects in the area of National Defense, with technical responsibility for a range of duties including design, fabrication, and testing of both analog and digital electrical systems, as well as embedded systems. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED)/Weapon Technologies and Engineering (WTE) Program supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal 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 

  • Develop designs and provide engineering solutions for embedded systems (microcontroller and FPGA).
  • Develop automated test scripts and systems.
  • Test, troubleshoot, analyze, and qualify embedded systems, software, firmware, as well as general circuit designs.
  • Contribute to the detailed design process, component part fabrication, and unit assembly.
  • Generate detailed plans, schedules, and budgets for project activities.
  • Learn and support NNSA, institutional, and other quality assurance requirements and processes for state-of-health surveillance of the nuclear stockpile.
  • Prepare supporting safety and engineering documentation and participate in engineering design reviews.
  • Interface with other organizations internal and external to the Laboratory to complete various LLNL projects.
  • Work independently and with teams to solve moderately complex problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level 

  • Provide advanced conceptual solutions to a diverse range of moderate to complex issues/problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods.
  • Provide guidance, technical direction, and solutions in the design, production, and testing of electrical and electro-optical systems.
  • Provide engineering solutions to a variety of projects in one or more of the following technical areas:  analog and digital circuit design, process control systems, pulsed power and electromagnetics, diagnostics and sensor development, electro-optic systems, data acquisition systems and tester development.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering concepts related to design, assembly, calibration, and testing of analog and digital electrical systems. Knowledge of digital logic design using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL).
  • Knowledge and experience with implementing and testing microcontrollers coded in C. Knowledge and experience with automated test scripts, troubleshooting software/firmware, and testing hardware.
  • Experience or accredited certification in both quality control and quality assurance.
  • Familiar with Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and development lifecycles.
  • Knowledge of analog design. Knowledge of SPICE or similar circuit simulation software.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a multidisciplinary research team, author technical and scientific reports and papers, document analyses, and deliver scientific presentations.
  • Ability to travel.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level 

  • Advanced knowledge of electrical engineering concepts related to design, assembly, calibration, and testing of analog and digital electrical systems.
  • Advanced knowledge of SPICE or similar circuit simulation software.
  • Significant experience in conducting experiments of complex electrical and electro-optics systems and the advanced application of timing and data acquisition systems.
  • Advanced communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with the Microchip family of microcontrollers, LabView and NI TestStand.
  • Knowledge and experience with Python programming.
  • Experience with sensor integration, calibration, and signal analysis techniques.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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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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