Mechanical Technician - Scientific Associate

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for a Scientific Associate/Sr. Scientific Associate to provide design, assembly, installation, and operational support of complex laboratory equipment and systems within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate. The majority of work will be in facilities and with equipment that present material hazards. This position is in the Nanoscale Integration Science Group within the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either the 304.1 or 304.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
-Apply innovative technical expertise to the design, development, installation, and operational support for Materials Science Division research capabilities, including glove boxes, HEPA filters, and materials characterization equipment.
- Perform maintenance, operations, repairs, and upgrades of existing equipment and systems.
-Collaborate with technical staff and subject matter experts to install, maintain, and upgrade experimental setups.Choose appropriate work methods and set priorities.
- Provide solutions to complex technical problems on equipment that routinely present chemical hazards including beryllium, radioactive material, lead, asbestos, and nanomaterials, as well as explosive hazards, biomaterial hazards, and electrical hazards.
- Maintain work planning and control documentation for work conducted on equipment and systems.
- Develop/design system enhancements to increase reliability and maintainability, or to facilitate increasing scope requirements.
-Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 304.2 Level
-Provide advanced technical support in the design, development, and installation of highly complex equipment and systems.
-Collaborate with teams of technicians, scientists, and engineers, including external vendors, in carrying out design, development, installation, and maintenance of Materials Science Division capabilities.
-Author, review, and approve related technical/engineering documentation, as well as routinely present this material to managers and other technical staff, while leading or participating in design reviews.

-Bachelors degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
-Fundamental understanding of technologies, processes, and laboratory equipment and systems for Materials Science Division research capabilities.
- Experience with Work Planning and Control procedures.
-Ability to evaluate complex to highly complex systems and apply best practice scientific and engineering solutions in both facility operations and experimental lab environments.
- Experience using respiratory protection and familiarity with radioactive waste (LLW, TRU).
- Familiarity with electrical, high vacuum, and pressure systems.
-Significant experience working effectively in a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment, including scientists, engineers, technicians, and designers.
-Verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, and provide technical direction with the ability to mentor others with advanced technical skills.
In Addition, at the 304.2 Level
-Advanced understanding in electrical systems, and vacuum and pressure technologies.
-Advanced written, verbal, feedback and presentation communication skills in multiple technical areas.
-Extensive experience making frequent, independent decisions to define project approaches, and create and implement original solutions to establish or modify guidelines, techniques, and procedures, to choose appropriate work methods and possibly to set priorities.
Desired Qualifications
-Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within designated budget.
-Experience with software tools for support and development of scientific systems, such as SolidWorks, LabView or MATLAB.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam: A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note: This is an At Will appointment.Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

About Us

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 applyingcutting-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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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