Careers at LLE

Director's Office

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Laser and Materials Technology

FLUX LASER TECHNICIAN

POSITION SUMMARY: Seeking a technician with 5+ years of experience building laser systems to support the development of a cutting-edge laser system at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Extensive hands-on experience with laser diagnostics, optical systems, and vacuum systems is required.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226526.


Posted on 24 February 2021

OPTICAL THIN FILM PROCESS ENGINEER

POSITION SUMMARY: The optical coating group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) deposits optical interference coatings for use in some of the most powerful laser systems in the world. The engineer in this position is responsible for technical and supervisory support in the production of optical interference coatings for large-aperture laser optics. The ideal candidate will design, monitor, and analyze optical interference coatings for high power laser applications, using commercial software such as Optilayer, or similar. Supervision of personnel engaged in the deposition of optical coatings on large precision optics, coordination of preventative maintenance of coating chambers, and coordination of necessary supplies and support will also be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the coordination of the production activities of the Coating Department by directing resources toward optimum efficiency in producing high quality products to meet LLE objectives and customer requirements.
  • Act as Program Manager for coating equipment installation projects; support both internal and external customers from program start to finish through quotations, status updates, and scheduling.
  • Assist in preparation and execution of development and engineering schedule and coordination of coating activities.
  • Assist in directing the flow of work through the coating department to meet internal manufacturing requirements and outside customer requirements.
  • Develop and implement operating methods, coating designs and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.
  • Monitor coating run setup & execution, track process integrity, identify stability issues, and implement corrective measures.
  • Support continuous improvement efforts including technician training, tooling design, software & PLC changes, chamber facilities modifications, and vacuum component upgrades.
  • Perform as a technical contributor by developing new techniques, methods and designs for coating applications.
  • Develop methods and practices for evaluating coating performance, which may include optimization of measurement hardware, defect evaluation, and laser damage assessment.

QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. Degree in Physical Science, Engineering, or Optics with 7-10 years hands-on experience in the design, application and measurement of optical coatings. In addition, experience in operating and maintaining optical coating machines is preferred. Computer programming, electrical and mechanical skills are advantageous. An MS Degree with 5 years of optical thin film experience is preferred.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 224421.


Posted on 24 February 2021

Engineering Division

SENIOR LABORATORY ENGINEER

POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology focusing on using lasers to initiate fusion and high energy density physics. LLE is currently seeking an experienced Senior Laboratory Engineer in the Electronics and Controls Engineering group.

The successful candidate will design and support custom high-speed/high-bandwidth electrical circuits and systems used on high power experimental laser systems. The candidate will be working independently with scientists and engineers from other disciplines in a team environment writing requirements, presenting project reviews, designing/fielding custom equipment, and documenting final assemblies.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, assembly, documentation, testing and troubleshooting electronic circuits and systems
  • Laboratory electrical measurement techniques, including high-bandwidth oscilloscopes and RF test equipment
  • CAD schematic capture
  • Component level circuit design and troubleshooting
  • Circuit simulation with SPICE or equivalent
  • Understanding of lumped and distributed circuit analysis

DESIRED SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Strong documentation skills
  • Working knowledge of high speed circuit board layout concepts including grounding/shielding, microstrip transmission line, and reduction of parasitic elements
  • Experience with nanosecond/picosecond timing and measurement
  • Project budgeting and time management
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn new concepts, skills, and techniques

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidate should have a BSEE and 10 years of experience, or MSEE and 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 222577.


Posted on 28 July 2020

ORACLE DATABASE DEVELOPER

POSITION SUMMARY: Model, develop, deploy, and maintain University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) organization Oracle database software and data services for a highly diversified research facility. Provide database support for research operations, management, advance controls, archives and reporting. Day to day duties involve modeling of application subject areas, PL/SQL database development and working with research operators and scientific principle investigators to extract, transform and load (etl) data. Additional duties include supporting data and web services and some database administration, monitoring of the health, usage for performance and capacity planning.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Relational Database modeling for new and existing application development. Including requirements gathering, storyboarding and documentation.
  • Development of database objects, PL/SQL procedures and packages for remote web and application interfaces.
  • Build robust data Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) applications to support the transformation of raw scientific data into accessible information.
  • Refactor existing database objects to support enhancements of system control, diagnostic and other research subject areas.
  • Investigate and support new technology initiatives to improve or enhance current database capabilities.
  • Work with key laboratory and scientific research stakeholders to ensure data connectivity, access control and reporting in research applications.
  • Provide secondary support for database configurations, maintenance, installations and upgrades.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B. S. in Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Science or equivalent skills work experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on Oracle Relational modeling and database development experience
  • 3+ years working in Oracle Database DDL, DML and concepts (table, triggers, views, procedures, functions, packages), PL/SQL, SQL languages with SQLplus, SQLcli and/or SQLdeveloper, Modeling (SQLmodeler, ERWIN, TOAD), Data extraction, Oracle Datapump
  • Experience with database version control through GIT or equivalent
  • Demonstrated technical excellence working to support scientific user base to engage in problem solving and finding proactive solutions
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to support scientific work in MSAcess, Excel, MATLAB, PV-Wave, IDL, Python or other scientific language

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Proven track record of leading database transformation and development project through to successful implementation
  • Significant Oracle database test development and performance tuning experience
  • Experience on Red Hat Linux (RHEL+) and Oracle server performance and configurations
  • Experience with software project lifecycles and deployment strategies, including UML visualization, requirement gathering, use cases, and flow charting
  • Solid mathematical and scripting skills in sh and Python or other scripting language for data reporting, analysis and Extracting, Transforming and Loading (ETL) of data is highly desired
  • Basic programming experience in MATLAB, R, Python, PV-Wave, or other scientific languages is a plus
  • Proficiency in technical writing, documenting solutions, and communicating with clients and users

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  • The ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance (which requires U.S. citizenship) is essential.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 223582 .


Posted on 16 September 2020

MECHANICAL ENGINEER - CRYOGENIC

POSITION SUMMARY: The successful candidate will be challenged by a wide range of technologies employed on the fusion class OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser systems as well as collaboration with National Laboratories. These laser systems often demand designs that are high-precision, high-stability, and function in a class 100 environment at either air or at vacuum. Design areas include laser system components, scientific diagnostic instruments, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems. The successful candidate must have a minimum of a BS in mechanical engineering and a minimum of 10 years of mechanical design experience.

The job requires creative design with experimental and analytical approaches applied to research projects. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as function in a team environment interacting with leading fusion energy, nuclear, and plasma physics scientists.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Extensive experience with machine or instrument design
  • Designing equipment for high vacuum and cryogenic environments (20K)
  • Concept development and selection, working knowledge of design of experiments and other six sigma methods
  • Finite element analysis (FEA, ANSYS preferred)
  • Analysis skills including the ability to perform; stress analysis of structures and bolted connections; linear and nonlinear thermal analyses from 10K to 1000K
  • Proficiency with 3-D CAD modeling including the generation of detailed drawings (Siemens NX preferred)
  • Generate design and requirements documentation
  • Practical knowledge of manufacturing processes (machining, welding, sheet metal, etc.)
  • Mentoring of junior engineers and/or students

DESIRED SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Designing equipment for Tritium environments
  • Design optimization
  • Opto-mechanical design
  • Electro-mechanical design
  • Kinematic constraint design (Exact Constraint)
  • Finite element random vibration analysis (FEA, ANSYS preferred)
  • Tolerance analysis
  • Proficiency in the detailing of drawings with the use of GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-2018
  • Vibration testing and data analysis (Siemens LMS preferred)
  • Instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Instrument troubleshooting, testing, and qualification
  • Project management

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226191.


Posted on 25 January 2021

SENIOR MECHANICAL DESIGN ENGINEER

POSITION SUMMARY: The successful candidate will be challenged by a wide range of technologies employed on the fusion class OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser systems as well as collaboration with National Laboratories. These laser systems often demand designs that are high-precision, high-stability, and function in a class 100 cleanroom at either air or at vacuum. Design areas include laser system components, scientific diagnostic instruments, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems. The successful candidate must have a minimum of a BS in mechanical engineering and a minimum of 10 years of mechanical design experience.

The job requires creative design with experimental and analytical approaches applied to research projects. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as function in a team environment interacting with leading fusion energy, nuclear, and plasma physics scientists.

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDES:

  • Extensive experience with machine or instrument design
  • Practical knowledge of manufacturing processes (machining, welding, sheet metal, etc.)
  • Analysis skills including the ability to perform stress analysis of structures and bolted connections
  • Proficiency with 3-D CAD modeling including the generation of detailed drawings (Siemens NX preferred)
  • Generate design and requirements documentation

DESIRED EXPERIENCE FOR THIS POSITION INCLUDES:

  • Opto-mechanical design
  • Electro-mechanical design
  • High vacuum and cryogenic systems
  • Kinematic constraint design (Exact Constraint)
  • Tolerance analysis
  • Finite element analysis (FEA, ANSYS preferred)
  • Proficiency in the detailing of drawings with the use of GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-2009
  • Vibration testing and analysis (Siemens LMS preferred)
  • Instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Design troubleshooting, testing, and qualification
  • Project management

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226647.


Posted on 12 February 2021

LABORATORY ENGINNER

POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology focusing on using lasers to initiate fusion and high energy density physics. LLE is currently seeking an experienced senior laboratory engineer in the Electronics and Controls Engineering group.

The successful candidate will design, build, and support custom pulsed power systems required for both high power laser systems and magnetic field generation. Working independently with scientists and engineers from other disciplines in a team environment, the candidate will write requirements, design and build solutions, and present project reviews. Candidate should have a minimum of BS and 10 years of experience, or MS and 6 years of relevant experience or equivalent.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, build, and operate high voltage, high current systems >10kV-DC charge voltage and >5kA-pulsed discharge current
  • Design of pulse forming networks
  • Fail-safe methods employed in electrical system design
  • CAD schematic capture
  • Circuit simulation with SPICE or equivalent
  • Component level design, assembly, documentation, testing and troubleshooting of digital and analog electronic circuits and systems
  • Development of embedded controller hardware and firmware
  • Proficient in command line Linux and bash shell scripting
  • Experience writing high-reliability procedural software in C programming language
  • FPGA design utilizing VHDL
  • Data acquisition and electrical measurement techniques
  • Strong mechanical aptitude

DESIRED SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Knowledge of printed circuit board layout concepts
  • Familiarity with EMI/EMC techniques
  • Familiarity with MISRA C software development guidelines
  • LabVIEW programming experience
  • Experience with the precision timing of devices and systems
  • Experience with cryogenic and/or vacuum systems
  • Project budgeting and time management
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn new concepts, skills, and techniques

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate engineering discipline plus 3-5 years of engineering experience; or an equivalent combination of education and engineering experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 224371.


Posted on 24 February 2021

Experimental Division

ASSISTANT SCIENTIST

POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is a unique national resource in the science and technology of using lasers to initiate fusion and to investigate laser-target interactions. LLE also supports the NNSA stockpile-stewardship program and conducts basic science research in high energy density physics. LLE is currently seeking an Assistant Scientist in experimental laser-target physics to study new applications for the Omega laser facility in the following fields: laser ablation, laser-target energy coupling, shock wave interactions, and radiation hydrodynamics. The primary experimental facilities for this work include the 60-beam, 30-kJ (UV) OMEGA laser, the 4-beam, 40-kJ (UV) OMEGA EP laser and a 10-J fs-class laser. Over 3000 experiments are conducted annually at these three facilities.

The successful candidate will plan & design experiments on LLE laser systems; build needed hardware; conduct experiments; analyze data; manage reporting; and support other university collaborators in their research. The candidate should be able to work independently and with scientists from other disciplines in a team environment, and write and present reports detailing experimental design, requirements, needed diagnostics, and project reviews. Findings will be disseminated at scientific conferences and as articles in scientific journals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leading the technical effort for the LLE DTRA University Research Alliance (URA) Material Science in Extreme Environments (MSEE) grant
  • Planning experiments on high-power laser systems at LLE and other laboratories.
  • Design the experimental and diagnostic layout of the experiments
  • Use high-power lasers to conduct experiments (MTW, Omega, collaborators)
  • Analyze the data generated in the experiments
  • Strong experimental aptitude
  • Interact with scientists in the LLE Theory and Computational Groups

DESIRED SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Hands-on experimentalist with a strong aptitude learning skills covering a wide range of experimental hardware, diagnostics, and laser sub-systems for laser-material interactions
  • Knowledge of laser optics and optics setup
  • Background in lasers and laser-material interactions
  • Background in high-energy density physics (HEDP)
  • Data acquisition and electrical measurement techniques
  • Experience with x-ray diagnostics
  • The ability to use a wide range of laser-plasma diagnostics including: optical diagnostics, VISAR pressure measurements, and/or PDV pressure and stress measurements
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn new concepts, skills, and techniques

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ph.D. in Physics or an appropriate discipline

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ph.D. in Laser Physics or HEDP Physics with multiple refereed publications
  • Past experience in high-power lasers
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q security clearance

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226663.


Posted on 15 February 2021

LABORATORY ENGINEER

POSITION SUMMARY: The Experimental Support Group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, is seeking a Laboratory Engineer to support the development and operation of advanced diagnostic instrumentation for use in the Omega Laser Facility. The Experimental Support Group collaborates with scientists on hundreds of sophisticated experiments per year on the various laser systems at the laboratory. The successful candidate will interface directly with the scientists in the Omega Experiments Group, High Energy Density Experiments Group, Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group, external visiting scientists and the engineers and technicians within the Engineering and Operations groups. The position requires solid mechanical, laboratory, organizational and computational skills as well as the ability to work independently and communicate effectively. The successful candidate will lead development efforts for new instruments to enable the Laboratorys long-term scientific mission and support the operation and maintenance of the existing scientific instrumentation.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in a STEM field, Masters strongly desired
  • Applicants should possess a technical background, with experience working with optical, electrical, and/or mechanical systems including vacuum systems
  • Computational software (Matlab, Python) experience strongly desired
  • Experience with MS Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word) strongly desired
  • Flexibility in schedule support occasional off normal hours to support experiments

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 227123.


Posted on 5 March 2021

OMEGA Laser Facility Division

AMPLIFIER GROUP TECHNICIAN (TECH ASSOCIATE II)

POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research in science and technology focusing on using lasers to initiate high energy density physics. LLE is currently seeking a technician in the Amplifier Operations group. Candidate will operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a variety of amplifier and support subsystems, and will serve as a member of the operational crew conducting experiments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Install, maintain, and operate equipment that include cooling water, pressurized air, precision optics, and electrical circuitry
  • Qualify and serve as a operations crew member
  • Operational shift work is required including start times as early as 7:00 am or finish times as late as 9:30 pm

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High reliability and attention to details
  • High mechanical aptitude
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new skills.
  • Strong communication skills suitable for working in a team-based environment
  • Primary responsibilities include direct, hands-on, support of shot operations and preventive maintenance operations with staggered shifts covering 7:00 am to 9:30 pm. Other responsibilities include project integration, component testing, maintenance of experimental instrumentation and system reconfiguration in a dynamic team environment. Applicants must possess a technical background, with experience to troubleshoot mechanical, electrical and optical systems. Excellent computer and documentation skills are desirable. An Associates degree in a technical field is strongly preferred.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 221862.


Posted on 1 June 2020

FRONT END LASER SOURCES TECHNICIAN

POSITION SUMMARY: Candidates are sought to operate and maintain state-of-the-art laser systems and their associated laser diagnostics. Responsibilities include direct support of shot operations, preventive maintenance tasks, calibration of instrumentation, and system reconfiguration in a dynamic team environment. Applicants must possess a technical background, with experience troubleshooting optical, electrical, and mechanical systems. Excellent computer and documentation skills are desirable. An Associate's degree in optics or related field (or equivalent experience) is required. Applicants must be able to work the second shift (1400-2200).

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226969.


Posted on 25 February 2021

Theory Division

ASSISTANT SCIENTIST IN COMPUTATIONAL HYDRODYNAMICS

Applications are invited for an assistant scientist position in code development focusing on computational hydrodynamics with application to inertial fusion and high energy density physics. The candidate will work on code development of the Integrated Modeling Group's radiation hydrodynamics simulation codes. Of particular interest is an applicant who can adapt codes to new GPU architectures, preferably using platform-independent tools. We welcome applications from candidates with experience in computational physics. Preference is given to candidates with a strong background in code development and experience in radiation hydrodynamics or astrophysics. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is September 2021. The position is for three years subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. More details can be found by contacting Dr. Tim Collins at tcol@lle.rochester.edu.

In addition to applying online, applicants should email a single PDF file to tcol@lle.rochester.edu containing (i) a brief letter (max 2 pages) describing the candidate's academic background and interests (ii) CV, and (iii) contact information of three references.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 226435.


Posted on 3 February 2021

Administrative Division

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Qualified applicants for Staff Scientist positions should submit a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The applicant should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to LLE. All application materials should be sent to the attention of:

Steven Stagnitto
Administrative Director
Laboratory for Laser Energetics
250 East River Road Rochester, NY 14623-1212
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