Sandia National Laboratories Laser/Optical Technologist (Experienced) in Livermore, California


The Engine Combustion Research Department has an opening for a laser/optics technologist to join our world-class research team. Are you passionate about the work you do? Do you want to be a member of a high performing team? Are you self-motivated and enjoy taking considerable individual responsibility and initiative? We are a diverse, interdisciplinary team of scientists and professionals. Consider joining this team. The expectation is that you will not have all of the skills identified below, but will value and seek the opportunities to learn the skills required to become a valued member of the team.

On any given day, you may be called on to do the following:

  • Set-up, operate, and maintain commercial and custom-built scientific laser systems, including high-power pulsed Nd:YAG lasers, optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) and non-linear frequency conversion optics, pulsed dye lasers, CW ion lasers, and solid-state lasers;
  • Develop enhancements and modifications to commercial laser systems to improve their ability to meet stringent optical characteristics;
  • Service and further develop custom, high-powered pulsed LED assemblies capable of 10 ns pulses at MHz repetition rates;
  • Design, setup, and assemble complex laboratory experimental apparatus involving optically accessible engines and high-pressure devices instrumented with laser/optical imaging capabilities as well as conventional transducers (thermocouples, pressure transducers, etc.);
  • Design, procure components, and assemble custom electronic devices in compliance with standards employed by Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL);
  • Development electronic interfaces to synchronize lasers and other imaging or measurement devices with each other and with the engine;
  • Design and assemble of electronic circuits and program using common tools and languages (e.g. SPICE, EAGLE, Matlab, Labview, Python, C++, VHDL, Verilog);
  • Use electronic and/or optical test instruments;
  • Use CAD software for panel layout, electronic circuit and printed circuit-board design, or mechanical component design;
  • Support resident and visiting researchers and oversee research support activities with peers, facilities and maintenance personnel, and external suppliers;
  • Assist with laboratory operations, including tracking department property, complying with all environmental and safety requirements, and developing required documentation.

_ Selected applicant will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations. _


You have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or the Physical Sciences; or an Associate's degree with a minimum of two years additional relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of laser physics, optics, and basic electronics
  • Demonstrated hands-on skills in the servicing/repair/development of laser systems, electronic equipment, or other laboratory equipment.


  • Bachelors’ degree in Engineering or the Physical Sciences;
  • Skills supporting any of the potential job responsibilities identified above;
  • Experience with machine tools (e.g., mills, lathes, drill presses, etc.).

Department Description:

The mission of Sandia/California's Engine Combustion Research Department is to develop the science base needed by industry to build and optimize a new generation of advanced, high-efficiency, clean internal-combustion (IC) engines that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), where 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. The CRF offers a challenging and stimulating work environment that addresses today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.