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Diagnostic Systems Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 06/08/2022

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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 someone experienced in electrical engineering to be the Diagnostic Systems Engineer. You will provide engineering solutions for developing, implementing, and maintaining target diagnostic systems hardware within the Target Area Science & Engineering (TASE) group for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest energy pulsed laser system.  This position will include being the main point of contact for system integration of new target diagnostic systems, upgrades to fielded systems and the planning/oversight of moderately complex to complex maintenance activities, which encompasses technical project management and system engineering.  You will assess operations efficiency, identify maintenance issues, and contribute to the engineering design and development of new hardware, system upgrades and process enhancements to continually improve system performance and reliability. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

This position 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

  • Under limited direction: develop, implement, commission, and maintain target diagnostic systems for the National Ignition Facility.
  • Provide guidance for moderately complex system repairs, upgrades, new designs, and commissioning for current and future target diagnostics and positioner systems.
  • Starting with a broadly defined scope, work closely with inter-organizational contacts and external customers to define requirements for TASE diagnostics and positioners.  Refine and manage the system requirement specifications used for system design.
  • Contribute to daily activities in NIF by providing engineering support for deployment, activation, commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance of positioners and target diagnostic systems.
  • Evaluate operations efficiency and system reliability and work with operations staff and diagnostic engineers to improve performance.
  • Collaborate with project managers, operations managers, and customers to ensure effective teamwork and end-user communication. Participate in formal and informal design reviews.  Present design materials to inter-organization and external audiences. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Work independently to determine, maintain, and present metrics for system reliability and performance.  Use those metrics to drive investments in system improvements.
  • Lead team of professional colleagues in development of TASE efforts.  Interact with mid-level management to keep them apprised of progress. 
  • Lead formal and informal design reviews to identify and mitigate engineering risks. 
  • Provide leadership for diagnostic operations and train NIF Operations team to expand support and streamline efforts.
  • Lead documentation effort with minimal direction that will be used as a basis for the long-term maintenance and operation of systems deployed in a 30-year facility.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline related to electronics, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive experience with moderately complex to complex control systems, data acquisition, communications (electrical and fiber) and high voltage systems including working from development to commissioning, maintenance, and performance analysis phases.
  • Broad experience developing industrial analog and digital circuits for incorporation into controls/instrumentation hardware designs. 
  • Proficient understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
  • Comprehensive experience with electronic measurement diagnostics including oscilloscopes and TDRs.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in the design of complex industrial systems and acquisition systems.
  • Advanced knowledge of both analog and discrete instrumentation (sensors, actuators, controllers), data acquisition and signal conditioning including fiber optic cable communications.
  • Significant experience leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems. Employ project management and supervisory skills to achieve required system performance.
  • Significant experience defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements, leading documentation, and developing and/or monitoring performance metrics.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
  • Advanced knowledge of and significant experience with scientific detector, vacuum, and high voltage (>1000V) pulsed systems including identifying and leading opportunities for enhancements as appropriate.
  • Significant experience with X-ray diagnostics or other High Energy Density diagnostics while operating in harsh EMI environment.
  • Significant experience with complex technical project management and/or systems engineering.

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.

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