Flight Test Optical Engineer | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Position Location: 
Livermore, CA
Job Description: 
Job ID: 105895
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Flight Test Optical Engineer within the LIDSS (LLNL Independent Diagnostic Scoring System) team. Working closely with the Flight Test Group Leader (FTGL), you will be responsible for design, development, and fielding of optical diagnostics used by the LIDSS team and with analysis and reporting of data. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties

  • Act as a point-of-contact for optical diagnostics to ensure they are designed, setup, and operating as expected and required.
  • Resolve, disposition, and track operational problems associated with any of the optical systems used by the LIDSS team.
  • Perform experimental and analytical research and development (R&D) on new camera systems in the visible and infrared spectrums that advance the capabilities of the LIDSS team.
  • Perform optimization studies of camera systems varying exposure, focus, lens corrections, and spectral dispersion to ensure high-quality data from LIDSS diagnostics.
  • Use and/or write software using unique or custom algorithms to perform image analysis on optical diagnostic’s data (e.g., raw images, RGB, etc.).
  • Participate in formal and informal design reviews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level

  • Provide technical guidance and coordination to small teams to deliver new optical diagnostics systems.
  • Perform complex independent research into new approaches to collect required data.
  • Provide engineering solutions to resolve complex technical and programmatic issues.


  • Master’s degree in engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive understanding of optical systems including mirrors, refraction and defraction limits, chromatic aberrations, spectral dispersion, coma, and optical or lens distortions that affect image quality.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of high-speed cameras and associated issues regarding their use (e.g., trade space between sample rate and image quality).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of optical design, fabrication, installation, testing, and fielding of optical diagnostic systems.
  • Ability to work as part of a team in fast-paced adverse environments including ability to travel up to 4 weeks at a time.
  • Ability to present and explain technical and programmatic information.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively interact and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge of optical design and significant experience solving complex optical problems.
  • Advanced knowledge of optical diagnostics components and subsystems and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment, present, and explain complex technical information as advice to management and external stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD in Optical Engineering, Physics, or other technical area, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Effective leadership skills for leading and guiding small, multidisciplinary teams.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.

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. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.