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Senior Defense Systems Engineer- Weapons Systems


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Livermore, CA 94551

Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have multiple openings for Senior Defense Systems Engineers. You will participate in the nuclear weapon Life Extension Programs (LEPs). Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED) provides nuclear weapon engineering design expertise; systems engineering; experimental device design; fabrication and assembly; surveillance of nuclear stockpile components; engineering analysis and computational simulation; and engineering testing for evaluation and maintenance of the enduring and future nuclear weapon stockpile. These positions are in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate. DTED provides support to Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Programs.

These positions will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Provide technical expertise in mechanical design and/or systems engineering.
- Develop and produce advanced conceptual and detail designs that meet technical requirements.
- Provide customers with engineering solutions for a wide range of engineering challenges associated with execution of ongoing programmatic activities including the generation of planning documents, reports, and presentations as required to support customer deliverables.
- Manage project interfaces and deployment interfacing with other organizations internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Serve on cross-cutting technical teams or project teams in support of the stockpile stewardship mission of the Laboratory.
- Lead and/or provide guidance and technical direction to multidisciplinary project teams in a growing, dynamic environment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Set broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
- Provide expert capability in highly complex mechanical design and analysis.

- Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge of mechanical design.
- Significant experience in prototype development and testing, as well as hardware design and analysis.
- Demonstrated ability to devise solutions for unique and complex problems.
- Demonstrated ability and flexibility to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests.
- Significant experience managing, overseeing, and delivering multiple projects on budget and on schedule.
- Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and mentor junior team members.
- Advanced 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.
In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Subject matter expertise in highly complex mechanical design and analysis and significant experience in project planning and providing technical leadership.
- Significant experience developing and implementing creative solutions to a diverse range of highly complex problems and leading corrective actions where necessary.
- Expert communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors and demonstrated record of team building and conflict resolution.

Company Description

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.
Post Date:
Minimum Clearance:
DoE Q or L
Occasional travel
Minimum Experience Required:
10+ yrs experience
Job Category:
Engineering - Mechanical
Unspecified annual salary
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