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Laser Safety Officer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
17 May 2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$118,290 - $182,388 Annually

$118,290 - $151,932 Annually for the TSS.2 Level

$142,050 - $182,388 Annually for the TSS.3 Level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity

Job Description

We have an opening for aLaser Safety Officerto provide comprehensive support for work activities involving our world class laser program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This position will be assigned to the Laser and Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Office within the Safety Engineering Functional Area (SEFA) and will provide technical expertise and support to multiple clients as an integral member of the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Associate Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will



  • Interpret the requirements of ANSI Z136.1 American National Standards Institute for the Safe Use of Lasers and work with scientists, engineers, technicians, and others to ensure that laser safety controls are implemented for new and existing operations in accordance with the LLNL laser safety program requirements. This may include recommending personal protective equipment to assure personnel safety.
  • Support the investigation of accidents, incidents, and reports of occupational injuries, illness, and exposures for possible causes. Prepare documentation and recommend appropriate measures to eliminate or mitigate reoccurrence.
  • Conduct walkthroughs, observations, audits, assessments and reviews of laser and related work activities to assess, track, and trend compliance with and the effectiveness of the laser safety program.
  • Contribute to the fulfillment of project and organizational goals, including supporting continuous improvements in the safety program and related training, while working under limited direction within the scope of assignment.
  • Interface with trained technicians for the installation, updating, repair and documentation of laser laboratory control measures.
  • Use good engineering judgment to develop approaches to solutions that may include in-depth analysis for moderately complex technical problems and long-term projects within a dynamic operational structure or facility.
  • Stay apprised of regulations and DOE requirements, review their potential impacts to LLNL, and develop, manage, and maintain laser and non-ionizing radiation safety program documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.3 level



  • Serve as a primary technical resource, provide advanced guidance and support for multiple aspects of projects/programs. Conduct technical analyses and audits, provide solutions to complex issues.
  • Mentor less experienced personnel.
  • Research, define, develop, and implement new ideas or approaches to implementation of safety requirements or other ES&H core program elements.




  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
  • Experience and comprehensive knowledge involving lasers and other nonionizing radiation; including high intensity incoherent light (UV/VIS/IR).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the ANSI Z136 series and the ability to interpret and apply practical laser safety using these standards.
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and assessing compliance of moderately complex regulations and recommending solutions. Proficientverbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain moderately complex technical or operational information.
  • Analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend, and implement actions/solutions for moderately complex problems.
  • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail necessary to handle multiple moderately complex tasks in a demanding environment with conflicting priorities, tight and changing deadlines, and frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service and good follow through.
  • Experience working independently and in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 level



  • Advanced experience and ability to lead independent work, mentor others through on-the-job training, and administrative and technical leadership skills.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge of relevant technologies and processes, including laser technology theory, in the design and implementation of complex systems and solutions.
  • Advancedverbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical or operational information and provide advice to management, regulators, reviewers, and stakeholders.
  • Experience engaging a variety of stakeholders to build relationships that enable successful mission execution and enhancing safety performance.

Qualifications We Desire



  • Certification by a recognized accrediting organization, e.g., Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO), Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Health Physicist (CHP).
  • Experience and/or comprehensive knowledge of microwaves, radiofrequency generating devices, and/or magnetic fields.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?



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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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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LLNL digital

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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