Technical Project Manager

United States
12 May 2022
11 Jun 2022

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL, ALS-U (Advanced Light Source Upgrade, has an immediate opening for a Technical Project Manager to join the team.

The Advanced Light Source (ALS, has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades, and an upgrade project (ALS-U, is currently underway that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities ≈ç ensure future leadership. Within ALS-U, the Technical Project Manager is responsible for the cost, schedule, and daily activity management to bring an extensive suite of ALS experimental facilities through the complex mechanical modifications necessary to take advantage of the upgrade. Learn more about the facility and upgrade at:

As Technical Project Manager, you will oversee the planning, coordination, and achievement of all work within the experimental facility Control Accounts that deliver new and upgraded synchrotron beamlines. You review, evaluate, approve, and monitor cost, schedule and technical scope baselines, using methods established by the organization. You are responsible for a large number of high valued technology procurements. Most importantly, you are a Team Lead, who will determine methods and procedures for new assignments, and coordinate activities of assigned personnel on a daily basis, while interacting with a large cross-disciplinary team to solve problems and succeed with project objectives. This position reports to the ALS-U Beamlines System Manager.

 The position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

 What You Will Do:

  • Manage the technical, cost, and scheduling activities of one or more Control Accounts.
  • Consult with managers, engineers and scientific personnel as necessary to understand project requirements and needs. 
  • Identify the tasks required and their sequence for the control account statement of work. Develop detailed schedules that will depict horizontal dependency, float, and the critical path. Develop supplemental schedules for use in day-to-day operational planning and management.
  • Integrate the project work scope, schedule and cost objectives into a performance measurement baseline against which accomplishments may be measured. 
  • Direct the work of engineering staff as required to execute the project in the area of responsibility.
  • Use Earned Value Management System (EVMS) information in developing and carrying out management processes. Objectively assess monthly cost and schedule status at the work performance level. Analyze significant variances from the plans and impacts on the control account. Develop variance reports and corrective action plans for management review and approval.
  • Monitor, draft and present Budget Change Requests (BCRs) for management approval.
  • Act as the primary technical interface for subcontractors. Develop procurement documentation, participate in contract management, and approve invoices to verify work completed.
  • Specify the opening and closing of projects and activities to the designated Finance Officer.
  • Create material necessary for project reporting purposes and participate in reviews.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • May assume responsibility for specific subtasks within the project.
  • Identify potential technical, schedule and cost risks for tracking in a Risk Registry. Actively manage those risks within the project risk management process.
  • May participate in defining and evaluating candidate positions for team roles to be filled.

What is Required:

  • BS degree, or equivalent in mechanical/electrical/manufacturing engineering or a related field and/or 6 years of relevant experience; or equivalent experience.
  • Project management or related management experience in management of large and complex projects and/or projects with moderate to high performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated experience managing to budget and schedule.
  • Relevant knowledge and experience in Earned Value Management System (EVMS) concepts, practices, and tools.
  • Ability to develop control account status reports, variance reports, and Estimate at Completion.
  • Ability to lead the work of others and give work direction.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse group of technicians, engineers, scientists, managers, and vendors.
  • Capable of effective leadership in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience executing high valued technology procurements for research environments.
  • Sound judgment and knowledge of current principles and practices in mechanical, electrical, and manufacturing engineering.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity over the spectrum of waterfall and agile project management methodologies.
  • Experience executing multiple simultaneous high-value technology procurements for a DOE National Lab.
  • Knowledge of management support software tools such as Microsoft Project or Primavera.


  • This is a full time, 5 year, term appointment with the possibility of conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
  • Classification will depend upon the applicant’s level of skills, knowledge, and abilities.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule - a combination of teleworking and performing work on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit for more information.

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