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Controls Hardware Department Planner for Laser and Experimental Systems

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
17 Jul 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 looking for individuals who demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Pay Range

$153,450 - $197,028 annually

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 Controls Hardware Department Planner. This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser. It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022 (as well as multiple subsequent times), a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.

You will join the Controls Engineering & Maintenance team which is responsible for directing the 24/7 controls hardware activities of the National Ignition Facility. You will be responsible for the strategies required for successful planning and execution of complex facility maintenance and upgrade activities in the NIF. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role, you will

  • Provide advanced technical and strategic leadership of the controls engineering & maintenance team for large-scale, complex, integrated systems critical to the successful execution of scientific experiments on NIF.
  • Develop, implement, and lead facility maintenance planning and scheduling, monitoring workflow to achieve established goals and objectives, ensuring projects are completed on schedule, and working with other work centers to de-conflict scope and share resources as needed.
  • Partner with Controls Engineering management to plan and schedule controls engineering projects, working with and gaining the cooperation of other work centers to ensure the successful coordination of projects and timelines.
  • Collaborate with and provide technical leadership to a large multi-disciplinary team of support personnel including scientists, engineers, operators, and technicians.
  • Develop and communicate work priorities and milestones for the controls hardware engineering & maintenance team, working with Work Center Supervisors to prioritize, schedule, and resource load work, exercising broad judgment to modify approaches using novel and new methods when appropriate.
  • Provide leadership and direction to an operational team responsible for mentoring technicians safety, security, quality and efficiency (SSQE) functional requirements. Analyze trends in these functional areas, identify and implement mitigations, and report findings to management.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience.
  • Advanced knowledge in and significant experience with science or engineering as it relates to implementation of integrated, complex, and large scale systems from a full cycle perspective.
  • Significant experience in the management of operations for a variety of large and complex technical control and hardware systems operated by multidisciplinary teams.
  • Significant experience managing and executing an integrated safety management system.
  • Significant experience formulating strategies for planning, resources, project scheduling, tracking milestones, and modifying scope when necessary for work integration functions, including collaborating across multiple technical disciplines.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage personnel conflicts and maintain high morale in a demanding and dynamic environment.
  • Experience and leadership skills for effectively leading and managing a team and/or group of 10 or more employees, providing consultative direction and overseeing independent work in a fast-paced, high pressure, complex, multidisciplinary team environment, working across organizational boundaries.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate and lead in a team environment, present and explain technical information, and provide advice to management, personnel, and internal and external stakeholders.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Science, Engineering, Physics, or Business Administration.
  • In-depth knowledge of DOE, sponsors, Lab management and structures.

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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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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