Senior Cryogenic Engineer in Livermore, CA

$$250K+(Ladders Estimates)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc   •  

Livermore, CA 94550

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


15+ years

Posted 62 days ago

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Job Summary

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world's leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an opening for an experienced Cryogenic Engineer for the Target and Diagnostic delivery systems group in the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF & PS) Directorate. The cryogenic positioner cools targets filled with hydrogen isotopes to the temperatures required to liquify and/or solidify the gas. This device then locates targets at the focus of the NIF Laser's 192 beams with an accuracy of a few microns. You will work with a team of scientists, engineers, technicians, and staff responsible for developing concepts for the next generation cryogenic systems while upgrading and maintaining operational status of the current cryogenic systems attached to the NIF target chamber.

You will provide consultative technical solutions to the field teams for operation, maintenance, and problem solving related to operation of cryogenic systems that are based on large capacity 4K Gifford-McMahon cryocoolers. This position reports to Livermore, CA.


  • Exercise considerable latitude in the design and develop of innovative concepts for next generation cryogenic systems.
  • Translate operational requirements to technical specification.
  • Develop, execute and report on test plans aimed at demonstrating adequate system and sub-system performance.
  • Lead the fielding of new cryogenic target diagnostic positioning systems on the NIF target chamber.
  • Collaborate with a team of engineers, staff, and technicians responsible for commissioning and maintaining operational status of NIF facility sub-systems, including cryogenic systems, gas supply systems, vacuum systems, and related control systems. Special emphasis on problem resolution.
  • Advise multi-disciplinary teams to resolve technical, resource, and schedule issues impacting the daily operation of the National Ignition Facility.
  • Identify upgrades to improve system efficiency and reliability, and interact with designers to develop detailed designs and direct technicians to build, or modify specialized process equipment.
  • Define and prepare/review operating and maintenance procedures, and maintain laboratory safety standards.
  • Present work through formal and informal reports and presentations.
  • Work in a complex ES&H environment, including performing radiological work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; fifteen or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, thirteen or more years of experience with a masters degree, or ten or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Strong background in thermal sciences and fluid dynamics, preferably in cryogenics
  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice as well as project and/or program leadership including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established project deadlines or milestones.
  • Must posses the ability to contribute to the development of new concepts and principles; resolve unusually complex technical problems; serve as spokesperson on projects and/or programs; and be a technical expert in one or more areas of engineering.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective leadership interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives.
  • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.
  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment. Able to work extended hours as required.
  • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, invited to present one or more original works to a national or international engineering symposium, and invited to Chair engineering review panels as a technical expert are desirable.
  • Ability to work in confined or restricted movement areas, Beryllium and radiologically contaminated areas, and areas where respirator use may be required.
  • Ability to pass NIF Radiological Worker II qualification.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate effectively with technical support personnel on requirements, design, safety, construction, or modification of process or pilot-scale equipment or systems.
  • Must be US-Citizen and able to obtain a security clearance.

Valid Through: 2019-9-16