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We have an opening for a Process Engineer. You will commission and maintain operational status of the various vacuum and cryogenic processes related to the successful fielding of ignition and other types of targets for the Target Experimental Operations group on the National Ignition Facility. You will be a technical expert in the areas of process gas behavior in cryogenic regimes including mitigation of potential hazards to maintain operational readiness. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate. LSEO provides support to National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF & PS) Directorate.
- Collaborate with a team of engineers, staff, and technicians responsible for commissioning and maintaining operational status of NIF facility sub-systems, including gas supply systems, vacuum systems, cryogenic systems and related hardware, and control systems. Special emphasis on problem resolution process analysis, reliability, and yield improvement.
- Develop, document, execute, and trouble-shoot various complex production processes and equipment to support cryogenic and other target shots on NIF.
- Liaise with scientific personnel executing experiments or implementing new or upgraded facility capabilities to provide solutions for target fielding experimental design issues.
- Work with controls engineering organization to develop requirements and test procedures for automated process control of assigned systems. Assist with software commissioning.
- Direct technicians to design, build, or modify specialized process equipment.
- Define and prepare/review operating and maintenance procedures, and maintain laboratory safety standards.
- Present work through formal and informal reports and presentations.
- Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams in the development of innovative methods and knowledge sharing.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Materials, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
- Significant knowledge and experience utilizing sound engineering principles to provide practical solutions to complex problems.
- Significant experience providing technical insight, oversight, and direction as it relates to solving problems in the field that involve complex chemical processes, vacuum systems, and preferably cryogenic systems governed by chemical kinetics, transport effects, overall mass and energy balances, and process/system economics.
- Advanced knowledge of cryogenic processes, gas handling systems, and process controls, and the behavior of gases at cryogenic temperatures.
- Significant experience in deploying automated process controls, development of interlocks, and automated processes.
- Significant experience in production operations and process development.
- Ability to operate PC and/or Macintosh computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate effectively and collaborate with technical support personnel on requirements, design, safety, construction, or modification of process, pilot-scale equipment or systems, and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
- Master's degree in Materials, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering.
- Experience with handling of radioactive and/or flammable gases/materials.
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.
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.
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