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Pulsed Power Engineer - Laser and Experimental Systems

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for an experienced Pulsed Power Engineer to support the National Ignition Facility (NIF). NIFs laser is the worlds highest energy pulsed laser system, capable of producing over 1.8 MJ of optical energy. Many of NIFs subsystems have pulsed power technologies at their core. You will be responsible for the engineering design and development of new pulsed power and power electronics hardware and for system upgrades to continually improve performance and reliability. You will also provide engineering support to the operations and maintenance staff for NIFs 400 MJ flashlamp power supplies, as well as its state-of-the-art Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell (PEPC) systems. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) Division, within the Engineering Directorate.

The 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
- Provide engineering solutions and design capability to ensure the reliable and safe operation of the pulsed power systems on NIF.
- Develop pulsed power and power electronics hardware for state-of-the-art laser systems.
- Develop and design improved high voltage solid-state pulse generators for the multi-pulse ARC PEPC (Advanced Radiography Capability/Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell) system.
- Develop, design, and deploy a pulsed power system that will enable the application of large (~50 T) magnetic field to NIF targets.
- Develop, maintain, and present metrics for system reliability and performance, and use those metrics to drive investments in system improvements.
- Analyze and model/simulate the electrical performance of system components under dynamic electrical loads and/or harsh electromagnetic interference conditions.
- Adhere to the highest standards of personnel and facility safety in performing tests and experiments.
- Document activities and results in formal reports; present the results for peer reviews.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Lead and/or participate in multi-disciplinary design/peer reviews of work to ensure that the experiments/tests, hardware, and data acquisition systems are safe, and the experimental designs are technically sound.
- Provide technical guidance to external contractors fabricating customized electrical equipment, and experimental assemblies for experimental programs.

- Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and broad experience with high voltage/pulsed power systems, including prime power.
- Comprehensive knowledge in and proficiency one or more of the following areas: pulsed power, power modulation/switching, grounding and shielding in a harsh EMI environment, or diagnostics/instrumentation systems associated with these areas.
- Broad experience designing, building, testing, and operating high-voltage pulsed-power systems.
- Broad experience and proficiency in performing computational modeling and analysis to understand and predict system performance using SPICE, MathCad, and/or Maxwell modeling tools.
- Experience working effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment managing multiple tasks, projects, and priorities.
- 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
- Masters degree in Electronics Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge of and significant experience in high voltage/pulsed power systems, including prime power and significant experience designing, building, testing, and operating high-voltage pulsed-power systems, as well as significant experience leading design reviews.

Desired Qualifications
- Understanding of high-power switched mode power supply design and implementation.
- Experience with high-speed and/or high-power electronics pulsed laser systems.
- Experience with the generation and measurement of large, transient magnetic field and understanding of circuit breaker/fuse coordination.

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, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet 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.For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.

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 applyingcutting-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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.


Posted: 2020-10-06 Expires: 2020-11-05

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