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Technical Writer/Editor

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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The Technical Information Department (TID) has an opening for a Technical Writer/Editor with a background in writing for highly complex scientific areas such as physics, engineering, or weapons, experience producing and/or managing documents for experimental procedures, intelligence products and/or nuclear policy and related topics. Our national-security mission encompasses aspects of computational, theoretical, and experimental physics associated with the complex processes of nuclear explosives. Documents produced on these subjects must be edited, properly formatted, and portion marked for dissemination to internal research teams and the broader community within the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD), and other government agencies and contractors. This position is in the Technical Information Department and will be matrixed to the Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Collaborate with scientific and technical staff to organize and clarify content, determine audience needs, and develop appropriate communication content and styles for technical projects, becoming well-acquainted with the range of topics in nuclear weapon design, experimental design, and nuclear weapon output.
  • Provide comprehensive copyediting and proofreading of complex documents with careful attention to grammar, spelling, syntax and mechanics, formatting, and legibility while ensuring all standards and protocols regarding information security are applied.
  • Develop expertise on all classification guidance, both DOE and DoD, over the wide range of topics explored by the weapon program.
  • Regularly perform classification reviews and portion marking on documents and have final approval on all documents and intellectual property disseminated to the broader community. Serve as point-of-contact for program documents.
  • Work closely with a wide range of customers and their classification offices in DOE, DoD, NNSA, and other government agencies to ensure products meet all standards for external release and commitments to cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Engage directly with program managers both internal and external to LLNL to produce needed documentation for program function (i.e. statements of work, verification and validation documents, safety documentation, legal contracts, etc.).
  • Provide writing and editing services for large and complex projects such as editorial development of materials, including revisions and notes on errors of logic, gaps in arguments, coherence of presentation and consistency of terminology. Review compliance with information security requirements.
  • Regular onsite work is required for this position, given the sensitive nature of the materials. Travel may be required based on needs of projects.
  • Under limited direction, you will be responsible for advancing the understanding of broader implications of the work produced by the weapons programs and establishing how to properly broadcast this information to an external audience.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access within a reasonable amount of time after joining the laboratory.
  • Bachelor's Degree in communications or related field with experience in science (physics, chemistry, etc.), engineering, political science, policy, legal/paralegal, and/or technical writing or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communications.
  • Aptitude for learning topics of new fields quickly and ability to directly apply new knowledge to tasks at hand.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience working effectively both independently and in a multidisciplinary team research environment. Verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and deliver technical presentations.
  • Editing experience in scientific areas using broad-based professional technical editing/writing skills and techniques, including general knowledge of and experience creating and using styles, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating with all levels of an organization, including senior managers, and ability to handle classified, unclassified, sensitive, and confidential issues with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Ability to efficiently work multiple tasks concurrently in a rapidly changing environment and attend to sensitive details with high consequence of error while providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to work under minimal direction with significant latitude in determining and planning activities to reach objectives and address challenging problems.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience using collaborative tools like SharePoint, Confluence, or Teams. Knowledge of document management tools and software.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree with experience in science (physics, chemistry, etc.), engineering, political science, policy, legal/paralegal, and/or technical writing.
  • Active Q-clearance and approved to access SCI information prior to start date.
  • Understanding of LLNL's primary missions of enhancing national security, ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, and pursuing advanced scientific and technological programs to further the national interest.

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.

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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

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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.

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Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.  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

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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.

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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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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.


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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.

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In this role you will

  • Collaborate with scientific and technical staff to organize and clarify content, determine audience needs, and develop appropriate communication content and styles for technical projects, becoming well-acquainted with the range of topics in nuclear weapon design, experimental design, and nuclear weapon output.
  • Provide comprehensive copyediting and proofreading of complex documents with careful attention to grammar, spelling, syntax and mechanics, formatting, and legibility while ensuring all standards and protocols regarding information security are applied.
  • Develop expertise on all classification guidance, both DOE and DoD, over the wide range of topics explored by the weapon program.
  • Regularly perform classification reviews and portion marking on documents and have final approval on all documents and intellectual property disseminated to the broader community. Serve as point-of-contact for program documents.
  • Work closely with a wide range of customers and their classification offices in DOE, DoD, NNSA, and other government agencies to ensure products meet all standards for external release and commitments to cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Engage directly with program managers both internal and external to LLNL to produce needed documentation for program function (i.e. statements of work, verification and validation documents, safety documentation, legal contracts, etc.).
  • Provide writing and editing services for large and complex projects such as editorial development of materials, including revisions and notes on errors of logic, gaps in arguments, coherence of presentation and consistency of terminology. Review compliance with information security requirements.
  • Regular onsite work is required for this position, given the sensitive nature of the materials. Travel may be required based on needs of projects.
  • Under limited direction, you will be responsible for advancing the understanding of broader implications of the work produced by the weapons programs and establishing how to properly broadcast this information to an external audience.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. Also, you must have the ability to obtain and maintain Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access within a reasonable amount of time after joining the laboratory.
  • Bachelor's Degree in communications or related field with experience in science (physics, chemistry, etc.), engineering, political science, policy, legal/paralegal, and/or technical writing or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communications.
  • Aptitude for learning topics of new fields quickly and ability to directly apply new knowledge to tasks at hand.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience working effectively both independently and in a multidisciplinary team research environment. Verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and deliver technical presentations.
  • Editing experience in scientific areas using broad-based professional technical editing/writing skills and techniques, including general knowledge of and experience creating and using styles, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards.
  • Experience collaborating and communicating with all levels of an organization, including senior managers, and ability to handle classified, unclassified, sensitive, and confidential issues with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Ability to efficiently work multiple tasks concurrently in a rapidly changing environment and attend to sensitive details with high consequence of error while providing excellent customer service.
  • Ability to work under minimal direction with significant latitude in determining and planning activities to reach objectives and address challenging problems.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience using collaborative tools like SharePoint, Confluence, or Teams. Knowledge of document management tools and software.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Advanced degree with experience in science (physics, chemistry, etc.), engineering, political science, policy, legal/paralegal, and/or technical writing.
  • Active Q-clearance and approved to access SCI information prior to start date.
  • Understanding of LLNL's primary missions of enhancing national security, ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, and pursuing advanced scientific and technological programs to further the national interest.

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