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NIF Electronics Engineering Technical Associate / Sr. Engineering Associate

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 06/14/2022

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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 Engineering Technical Associates to support programs in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.  You will collaborate with scientists, engineers, and top-level technical personnel to establish scope of work, and to provide advanced electronic controls system engineering and maintenance technical expertise.  These positions are in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, 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 innovative technical expertise to engineering staff with complex electronic systems assembly, testing, and design modifications.
  • Propose new electronics and/or systems designs. 
  • Provide input for detailed plans, schedules, and budgets for project activities.  
  • Author detailed technical procedures and other documentation.
  • Initiate, prepare, and present at design reviews, meetings, and other briefings in the process of determining concepts and refining designs.
  • Provide engineering solutions to unique and challenging problems that may be complex to highly complex.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technical personnel, safety personnel, both inside and outside the work group on both an individual and team basis in support of complex program assignments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the 339.2 level

  • Collaborate independently with engineers/scientists at all levels to provide highly advanced support in solving highly complex technical problems for various projects, independently leading personnel in assigning tasks and prioritizing work.
  • Make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgement to define project approaches and create and implement original solutions.
  • Define, interpret, design, document, oversee fabrication and operation of experimental prototypes and associated diagnostics utilizing a highly advanced knowledge of electronic or electro-mechanical equipment and highly advanced attention to detail.  


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Computer Engineering Technology, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced skills, knowledge, and experience with complex electronic technology and application in an operations environment.   
  • Experience with oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and high voltage power supplies.  
  • Experience writing and following detailed procedures, contributing to electronic systems operations, analyzing results, making recommendations for unique and challenging problems that may be complex to highly complex, and writing reports.
  • Experience developing conceptual designs of complex electronic systems; designing, implementing, and/or testing prototypes; and presenting in engineering design reviews.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and experience working both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a schedule-driven environment.
  • Advanced verbal, written, feedback, and presentation communication skills.

Additional qualifications at the 339.2 level

  • Extensive technical lead and project management experience, including highly advanced communication, feedback, and presentation skills and ability to work independently, under minimal direction.
  • Highly advanced skills and understanding of analog circuit design, supervisory control, instrumentation, and data acquisition.  
  • Understanding of highly complex electrical safety and related standards.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Familiar with LabView and related instrumentations and control software
  • Experience with project planning, budgeting, or resource planning.
  • Experience working with classified materials, documentation, and/or experimental data.

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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