Optical-Mechanical Diagnostic Engineer | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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Position Location: 
Livermore, CA
Job Description: 
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104606
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: December 04 2018

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for an Optical Mechanical Diagnostic Engineer. You will be responsible for the engineering design and implementation of various optical target diagnostics systems for the National Ignition Facility (NIF).  You will provide engineering for new diagnostic systems, upgrade to existing hardware and overall coordination during commissioning. Work will also involve project management and navigation of NIF shot applications. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of 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 common point of contact for specific optical diagnostics to ensure they are designed, setup, and operating effectively.
  • Maintain, test and upgrade commissioned optical diagnostic systems including, but not limited to, Near Backscatter Imager (NBI), Full Aperture Backscatter System (FABS), Optical Thomson Scattering diagnostics and probe lasers, Velocity Interferometer System for Any Reflector (VISAR) and Optical Thomson Scattering (OTS).
  • Resolve, disposition, and track moderately complex to complex operational problems associated with any of the optical systems employed on NIF and promote design changes.
  • Implement mechanical analysis that includes safety notes, lifting plans and general hazards analysis associated with various diagnostic systems.
  • Under limited direction, utilize project management techniques and practices to manage the system design, implementation, and integration for optical diagnostic components, subsystems and participate in design reviews, as well as define process improvements.
  • Address moderately complex to complex operational concerns for newly designed hardware such as: location, interference with other Target Area activities, considerations of facility/utility impacts, installation plans, and staffing/operational plans.
  • Develop low level offline analysis of the diagnostic response function and performance.
  • Report on the system response functions and signal optimizations as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level

  • Perform complex independent research into new approaches to the recording of optical signals.
  • Establish methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to design/conduct experiments to characterize subcomponents.
  • Lead and supervise small teams to deliver optical diagnostic systems.


  • Master’s s degree in Optical Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant previous experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of optical mechanical systems, fibers, and photon-to-electronic processes.
  • Operational experience with oscilloscopes and similar recording systems, CCD, and CMOS camera systems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the optical design, fabrication, installation, and testing of diagnostic systems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience with developing detector systems and high-speed optical streak cameras.
  • Experience identifying, defining, and solving moderately complex to complex multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost effective manner.
  • Experience using standard project management practices associated diagnostic budgets, project schedules and the reporting of developed budgets and schedules.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge of optical diagnostic components and subsystems and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Advanced leadership skills for leading and managing small, multidisciplinary teams.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain complex technical information and provide advice to management.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with data analysis packages, MATLAB, MathCad, or equivalent.
  • Familiarity with engineering design packages, FRED CODE-V, Windchill or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of Office products, including Project, Power Point, Excel or equivalent.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.