Electrical Engineer/Embedded Systems Engineer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

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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

$103,290 - $132,612 Annually for the SES.1 level

$123,960 - $159,168 Annually for the SES.2 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 an Electrical Engineer/Embedded Systems Engineer to help design, implement, and qualify hardware systems to support a wide range of research and development projects in the areas of instrumentation, networked acquisition, and control systems for national security missions. Technical responsibilities include analog and digital electronics design, back-end drivers, simulation, control applications and/or high-power systems. Execution involves working in a team environment to produce system design documentation, simulated system performance, test plans, tested hardware and software, and design reviews. You will work within the Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation section to provide solutions to the challenges facing our nation in national defense, homeland security, energy, environment, and fundamental physics. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) within the Engineering 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 into the higher level.

You Will

  • Develop flight system hardware to meet published requirements to a high degree of performance rigor.
  • Test, troubleshoot, analyze, and qualify embedded hardware and firmware systems.
  • Develop benchtop instrumentation and software platforms to verify system design intent and qualify delivered hardware capabilities.
  • Design hardware capability interrogation systems to simulate relevant operational environments to test hardware against performance vectors of interest.
  • Support development and delivery of hardware systems to flight test campaigns to increase system Technology Readiness Level (TRL).
  • Participate in all aspects of the hardware development lifecycle to design, enhance, and maintain systems under general direction.
  • Prepare design process reports and participate in qualification reviews.
  • Develop device drivers and applications to communicate with and automate commercial off the shelf (COTS) or custom hardware.
  • Learn unique design requirements for electrical systems utilized in aerospace applications of limited complexity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Provide solutions and guidance to the testing of moderately complex to complex prototypes and associated diagnostics utilizing comprehensive knowledge of conceptual designs of electrical systems.
  • Collaborate with team members to solve moderately complex to complex issues/problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods under limited direction.
  • Interact with other organizations internally and beyond the local work unit to complete various LLNL projects.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge of one or more of the following programming tools: Python, MATLAB, C#, or VHDL.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Windows system APIs and low-level hardware interface protocols.
  • Fundamental knowledge of microcontroller, Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware, and associated software and simulation tools.
  • Fundamental knowledge of technical computing (e.g., simulation development, signal-and-image processing) using platforms such as MATLAB or Python.
  • Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering concepts related to assembly, calibration, and testing of analog and digital electrical systems.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment effectively.
  • Sufficient communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience reading and interpreting moderately complex to complex mechanical, optical, and electrical specifications using drawings, datasheets, and procedure manuals.
  • Experience in conducting experiments of electrical configuration and settings, and the broad application of timing and data acquisition systems.
  • Experience translating customer requirements into control systems hardware and software specifications.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • In-lab experience with benchtop instrumentation and experiment design.
  • Knowledge of MATLAB for hardware control and instrumentation applications.

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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Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

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Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the go-to laboratory for science and technology solutions to the toughest and most important problems affecting national and global security. If you are interested in contributing to pushing the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address national security issues, then we invite you to apply.

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