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Deputy Controls Lead- National Ignition Facility

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 05/24/2022

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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 Deputy Controls Leads for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) which is the world’s most powerful and energetic laser facility.  You will manage technical teams of 10 or more that are comprised of engineers, technical associates, and technicians supporting the controls for NIF Operations and the NIF & Photon Science PAD. You will manage resources involved with control systems design, deployment, maintenance, and operations.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering & 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 technical guidance, leadership, mentoring, and supervision to group members in the execution of their work scope with a focus on control system design, development, deployment, and maintenance; direct the strategies involved with design and analysis of electrical systems, equipment, and packages to support control systems in NIF.
  • Drive advanced engineering development using industry best practices as applied to loosely defined and complex problems and tasks.
  • Provide employment development mentoring structure for group personnel.
  • Establish superior engineering practices and standard methods and techniques among group members.
  • Collaborate with the NIF Directorate leaders and off-site collaborators to identify, manage, and allocate resources for the work assignments of group members while defining and establishing work objectives; participate in and/or lead formal and informal design reviews.
  • Provide high-level/broad troubleshooting strategies for all aspects of the NIF control system; lead and participate in controls/ICS/SIS on-call (off-hours) program.
  • Act as work permit responsible individual/approver for the Controls Engineering and Maintenance organization including responsibility for the state and operation of the NIF safety interlock system.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.4 level

  • Define and implement measures that lead to technical growth among team members.
  • Strategically position the group to support the long-term needs of NIF.
  • Responsible for high-level goal setting, strategic planning efforts, and succession planning on long range goals, working with the Controls Section Leader, NIF Operations and Facility Managers, peer Group Leaders and Engineering Division Leader / Deputy Division Leader.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge with complex control systems hardware architecture including motion design, controls hardware, programmable logic controllers, and safety systems.
  • Advanced knowledge and significant experience with complex system commissioning and operations and deploying electrical, power and control systems including involved strategies.
  • Significant experience leading requirements-driven engineering activities, defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements, making technical presentations and participating in design reviews.
  • Significant experience leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems. Demonstrated project management and supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.  Experience with mentoring team members.  
  • 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 SEL.4 level

  • Subject matter expert knowledge of control system design and significant experience and knowledge in complex configuration management.  Expert knowledge and significant experience with data reduction, analysis, and interpretation; application of statistical methods as applied to reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM).
  • Expert knowledge and significant experience in complex project engineering, project management and systems engineering. Proven track record and  ability to champion, lead, and develop innovative cutting-edge principles, strategies and concepts.
  • Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and external sponsors.
  • Represent the team and report out on issues to other organizations across and outside the Laboratory.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s or PhD in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field.
  • Experience developing complex LabVIEW applications for supervisory, diagnostics, automated processing and/or device level controls.
  • Significant experience in a programmatic leadership role, including functional management and overall technical leadership of a group.
  • Subject matter expert in large laser operations or laser system design.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory management and structure including supervision, policies, and procedures.

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

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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.

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