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Control Systems Hardware Engineer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
7 Oct 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

$132,810 - $204,636

$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 Control Systems Hardware Engineer. You will provide engineering solutions for developing, implementing, and maintaining control systems hardware in the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s highest energy pulsed laser system responsible for recent LLNL’s fusion breakthrough. With over 60,000 control points distributed throughout the facility, many of NIF’s subsystems have control technologies at their core. You will contribute to the engineering design and development of new hardware and for system upgrades to continually improve system performance and reliability. 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.

In this role, you will

  • Provide controls and embedded systems hardware solutions which contribute to the definition, design, documentation, assembly, fielding, and maintenance, of National Ignition Facility control and Photon Science systems. This includes precise motion control for optical alignment, laser diagnostics, industrial controls, among other types of control technologies.
  • Contribute to daily activities, providing engineering support for deployment, activation, commissioning, troubleshooting, and maintenance of moderately complex to complex control system hardware.
  • Refine and manage the system requirement specifications and control system design to meet project goals.
  • Minimize project risks by participating in formal and informal design reviews.
  • Maintain a close interface with the various programmatic and project elements to provide regular status reviews, ensure effective teamwork, and facilitate end-user communication.
  • Determine, maintain, and present metrics for system reliability and performance that will be used to drive investments in system improvements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Work with multidisciplinary associates beyond the local work group to define broad requirements for NIF control system hardware.
  • Lead formal and informal design reviews and team efforts for developing complex controls hardware systems, including mentoring of junior staff.
  • Employ project management skills to achieve required system performance while also managing shared resources/procurements and developing new projects or programs to enhance hardware control systems to benefit operations.
  • Develop documentation that will be used as a basis for the long-term maintenance and operation of systems deployed in a 30-year facility.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline related to electronics, electrical engineering, controls, or the equivalent combination of education and prior related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in one or multiple of the following areas:
    • Motion control using open- and closed-loop feedback with DC and AC motors.
    • Industrial analog and digital circuit design for incorporation into controls/instrumentation hardware.
    • Integration of moderately complex to complex embedded hardware into systems in a high EMI environment.
    • Analog and discrete instrumentation (sensors, actuators, controllers).
    • Data acquisition and signal processing/conditioning.
  • Broad understanding of documentation standards including drawings, procedures, statements of work and test plans.
  • Experience with electronic measurement diagnostics including oscilloscopes and TDRs.
  • Experience working as a member of a multidisciplinary team, which includes working with scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
  • Experience supporting control systems throughout the full engineering lifecycle.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment to present and explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Advanced knowledge of and significant experience in the design of complex control systems hardware architecture.
  • Significant experience mentoring others and leading small teams, coordinating efforts with other groups and ensuring compatibility with interdependent systems.
  • Project management skills necessary to manage controls scope of a complex project and achieve system requirements within allotted schedule, while planning for future enhancements and creating strong process documentation.
  • Significant experience defining scope from often not well defined and/or rapidly changing requirements.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Significant experience with system level design, architecting and project management.
  • Knowledge of LabVIEW and related National Instruments technologies.
  • Knowledge of PLC hardware, such as Allen Bradley PLC platform, and troubleshooting in an industrial environment.

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

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Eligible to work in the US

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Closing date
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7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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