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Advanced Coatings and Vacuum Process Engineer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
California, US
Posting live until
3 Jun 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

$132,810 - $170,556 Annually for the SES.2 level

$159,330 - $204,636 Annually for the SES.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 a Materials Engineer in the Advanced Coatings and Vacuum Process Group. You will support R&D activities in synthesis and characterization of thin film materials, advanced materials, for various applications. You will have a meaningful role in developing solutions to challenging technical problems associated with thin film synthesis, primarily using physical vapor deposition (PVD), for graded, multilayered, optical coatings. Other technical areas include material compatibility, deposition system design and experimental development. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide material engineering support to develop processes and techniques for high performance and precision coating requests for experimental components.
  • Provide creative solutions to moderately complex technical problems involving vacuum deposition systems, material compatibility and characterization for customers by conducting applied research.
  • Disseminate results, including methods developed, and keep records used on deposition process parameters and chamber parameters.
  • Work with customers to establish coating requirements, develop new coating capabilities, on a variety of processing equipment.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and technicians to accomplish coating and deposition goals.
  • Organize, analyze, and present data from experiments and development activities on welding and other joining tasks.
  • Participate and provide recommendations for processing equipment and upgrades.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, at the SES.3 Level

  • Facilitate project and program growth from external and internal funding sources.
  • Providing leadership in advancing the state-of-art in technologies related to one or more of advanced materials and processing, advanced coatings.
  • Champion, lead and develop creative solutions that involve groundbreaking principles, theories, and concepts.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelors in Material Science and Engineering, Metallurgy, Optical/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Physics or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: advanced materials, thin film coatings, optical coatings, characterization of thin film materials, and various physical vapor deposition techniques.
  • Experience giving technical presentations and participating in reviews, identifying technical needs, developing practical approaches, and delivering working solutions for program customers.
  • Proficient communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present and explain technical information.

Additional Qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in a materials science development environment in material synthesis, vacuum technology and expertise in sputtering and electron beam evaporation, and ion deposition sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage small projects and collaborate across diverse technical fields.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and advise senior management.

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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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

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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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