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Polymer Chemist - Staff Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Polymer Chemist to conduct general to moderately complex experimental research in polymer formulation, characterization, application testing, and scale up. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers supporting experimental development of polymers used in cutting-edge laser systems, including the National Ignition Facility. This position is in the Optics & Target Materials group within the Materials Science Division. This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. In this role you will Formulate and characterize designer polymers designed for laser and optical systems, including those requiring specific curing, outgassing, mechanical, refractive index, optical clarity, or laser damage performance. Perform materials characterization including but not limited to physicothermal properties, rheometry, mechanical testing, and optical characterization. Work with a process engineering team to scale up the synthesis of new materials and develop processes to integrate new materials into laser systems. Serve as general chemistry resource for other researchers. Keep accurate and detailed laboratory records; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research planning. Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with moderate complexity. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems and emerging challenges in polymer chemistry. Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results including conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE X-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship . BS degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Experience in experimental polymer formulation chemistry and characterization. Experience in a general, organic, and/or materials chemistry laboratory setting and knowledge of laboratory fundamentals and best practices. Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate technical information effectively with technicians, peers, and managers. Experience operating PC and/or Macintosh computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results. Interpersonal skills necessary to work both independently and in a collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians and other technical and administrative staff. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level Ability as a creative experimentalist, and a diverse range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution related to polymer science. Significant experience with and fundamental knowledge of organic synthesis and/or characterization of polymers. Qualifications We Desire MS or PhD degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

Target Fabrication Engineer - Research Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Target Fabrication Engineer to become a core member of an interdisciplinary team working on fabrication of complex articles called targets in support of the Inertial Fusion Confinement and other national security programs. Targets are comprised of the essential elements of experiments on these high energy laser systems and are often intricate assemblies of numerous finely manufactured components. This creates challenges where the resolution requires a combination of materials & mechanical engineering and metrology science with a strong sense of practical implementation of advanced new processes. You will become the spearhead for a set of targets and drive the entire process to bring them to fruition from initial concept. This position is in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division. This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. In this role you will Serve as the primary technical contact for assigned target platforms including their mechanical design, tolerance and materials specifications, assembly processes and performance. Contribute to the design of new target components or systems, develop new materials and assembly processes and transfer new learnings into production of such targets. Perform detailed project planning and partner coordination to ensure that all deliverables are met on time. Maintain comprehensive records and databases and prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports Collaborate in the design, modeling, and analysis of moderately complex to complex laboratory experiments and develop fabrication equipment, measurement instrumentation, and procedures as required while maintaining high safety and security standards in all aspects of work. Train and mentor technicians in new processes with specific emphasis on reliability and reproducibility. Interact frequently with end-users/customers and communicate project status, challenges and proposed solutions to management and SMEs. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level Provide technical solutions to complex problems which may not be well defined, lead projects under minimal direction, and independently resolve technical objectives and criteria to satisfy project objectives and execute the appropriate technical approaches. Develop characterization techniques for measuring products against required specifications using advanced microscopy, interferometry, X-ray imaging, as well as chemical analysis. Collaborate with various technical area leaders, and program management to represent technical capabilities and project results and plans to internal management and external sponsors. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. BS in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Ability to perform hands-on work in a laboratory or fast paced production facility such as developing robust processes and commissioning new systems, trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions, etc. Strong project management skills and abilities, aptitude for managing change and commitment to deliverables and timetables Proven track-record of being detail-oriented, developing meticulous protocols and delivering in a high consequence of error environment Interpersonal skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians and other technical and administrative staff. Experience working within a scientific team as well as working independently. Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level MS in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Significant experience in challenging, goal-oriented projects requiring understanding of mechanical and chemical characterization principles. Significant experience dealing with actinides or other hazardous materials is desirable Significant experience working independently and ability to provide technical leadership to guide projects to completion, with the ability to analyze and present complex multi-parameter data. Qualifications We Desire Experience with developing products, implementing new methods and processes and project management. Ability to leverage systems engineering best practices to guide design and risk mitigation, including determination and documentation of technical objectives, and risk mitigation plans requiring in-depth analysis of multiple factors.

Intelligence Analyst: Z Program - Active Clearance Required | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for an Intelligence Analyst to join an interdisciplinary team conducting analysis of space, cyber, and other advanced, emerging, and/or disruptive technology issues, and their implications for the national security interests of the United States. You will perform analysis and lead projects that integrate complex information from all sources into finished assessments and make formal verbal and written presentations, interface with Program sponsors and Intelligence Community (IC) stakeholders and contribute to project and organizational goals. This position is in the Science and Technology Assessments (STA) Program within Global Security Principal Directorate's Z Program. In this role, you will Conduct independent research on sensitive, politically significant national security topics, with a focus on space, cyber, and other advanced, emerging, and/or disruptive technology issues. Maintain awareness of relevant current events and information in assigned areas. Assist in identifying analytic priorities, defining problems, and proposing moderately complex to complex analytic research methodologies with limited direction. Write reports and present analytic findings in support of sponsor and stakeholder objectives that adhere to intelligence community analytic standards. Contribute to the development of a focused national security research program in assigned areas that addresses key science and technology and policy questions, using independent judgment. Contribute to the development of new program opportunities, including the definition and development of research proposals and interaction with potential sponsors and customers under limited direction. Contribute to intelligence-related organizational objectives by providing input on technical issues for presenting in-depth analysis to sponsors and consumers, traveling as necessary. Obtain and maintain required security in a Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) environment for information that is under the analyst's direct control. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 Level Represent the organization as the primary technical contact on multiple intelligence related tasks and large projects, working effectively with conflicting priorities. Lead multidisciplinary teams assigned complex analytic tasks and contribute advanced subject matter knowledge on national security issues to inform the development of strategies and plans to meet programmatic objectives. Independently develop proposals for analytic papers, studies, and research topics and create innovative technical tools and evaluate competing characteristics to determine solutions that meet stakeholder objectives; provide decision insight to customers and stakeholders in highly complex problem areas. Participate in programmatic sustainment and growth by identifying and addressing complex sponsor needs and prioritizing collaborations with LLNL staff and across the community. Master's degree in political science, international relations, relevant scientific or engineering discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, and demonstrated ability to perform independent work. Advanced knowledge and significant experience working within or with the Intelligence Community (IC) and with scientific and technological issues associated with national security, to include space, cyber, and other advanced, emerging, and/or disruptive technology issues. Significant experience working with multidisciplinary teams in achieving project objectives; demonstrated strength in partnering with outside organizations successfully. Significant experience researching, assessing, and integrating Science and Technology (S&T) knowledge, in collaboration with technical subject matter experts, in support of national security issues. Significant experience conducting research and analytical assessments, writing detailed papers and other products that effectively convey analytical results with limited supervision. Significant experience working effectively under deadlines, coordinating workloads on multiple projects simultaneously, and meeting deadlines with conflicting priorities. Experience working across organizational work units, with demonstrated effective teamwork, and customer service skills. Superior verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment; author intelligence analyses; and present and explain technical information to external sponsors and customers. Experience and ability to lead the application and development of principles, theories, and concepts in an applicable discipline in a creative and innovative fashion. Ability to travel as necessary to present analyses to sponsors and IC stakeholders as well as to meet with IC counterparts and sponsors. Additional job qualifications, at the SES.4 Level Ph.D. in political science, international relations, relevant scientific or engineering discipline, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience, and the demonstrated ability to lead the application and development of principles, theories, and concepts in a creative and innovative fashion. Proven success leading multi-disciplinary teams and delivering expert-level, high-quality, impactful technical assessments on issues affecting national security. Recognized by stakeholders and partners as a subject matter expert on relevant national security related technical topics. Proven record of success in independently developing proposals, and establishing and securing partnerships, for multidisciplinary analytic studies on issues affecting national security; contributing to programmatic sustainment and growth by identifying and addressing complex sponsor needs in these areas; and creating innovative technical tools and/or technically informed research products to meet stakeholder and research objectives. Qualifications We Desire Demonstrated publication record in a relevant national security issue area. Significant experience successfully managing and leading multidisciplinary project teams with expert verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively collaborate with internal and external teams, and to advise and influence senior management and external sponsors.

Solid State NMR Spectroscopist - Research Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopist to independently work on the characterization of inorganic, organic, and polymeric materials using routine and advanced NMR spectroscopy. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research to understand aging and degradation mechanisms as well as structure-function relationships in a variety of materials used for industrial and energy applications. This position is in the Materials for Energy and Climate Security group of the Materials Science Division. In this role you will Design and conduct complex experiments related to the characterization of materials using solid-state and solution NMR spectroscopy. Conduct advanced research toward an improved understanding of the aging and degradation mechanisms of materials. Serve as the primary technical contact on the design and analysis of experimental tests to determine materials structure, physical properties, and degradation mechanisms. Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary and multi-institution team environment to accomplish research goals. Develop and present written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports. Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. Perform routine maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair on NMR instruments. Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. PhD in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Significant experience designing and conducting advanced solid-state NMR experiments to characterize complex materials. Significant experience with maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of NMR hardware. Advanced knowledge of materials structure-property relationships. Ability to develop independent research projects. Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations, prepare written reports, explain technical information, and provide advice to management. Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research environment. Qualifications We Desire Experience with routine and advanced solution-state NMR methods. Materials synthesis and/or polymer formulation experience. Experience with performing quantum chemical calculations and NMR simulations for determining NMR parameters of materials.

Protein Engineering - Postdoctoral Researcher | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, NOTE: This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the field of protein engineering and synthetic biology for the biosynthesis of DOE relevant compounds and biomaterials. You will actively participate in research to redesign proteins to achieve new biochemistries and to develop feasible engineered gene pathways toward production of relevant compounds. This position is in the Systems and Synthetic biology group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division. In this role you will Conduct fundamental and applied research in microbial synthetic biology for the biosynthesis of DOE relevant compounds and biomaterials. Develop cutting-edge, high-throughput directed evolution approaches to redesign enzymes to accept alternative substrates. Employ synthetic biology to build novel biosynthetic pathways toward DOE relevant compounds using redesigned enzymes. Develop in vivo and in vitro assays to characterize redesigned enzymes and pathways and assess functionality. Develop research plans, generate results, and publish peer-reviewed papers. Regularly interact with a broad spectrum of computational and experimental scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory. Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meeting. Work with other scientists to write proposals and expand our program into new areas aligned with your expertise and interests. Perform other duties as assigned. PhD in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, or a relevant field with a strong emphasis in biochemistry, protein engineering, and synthetic biology. Expertise in protein biochemistry and molecular biology. Experience and knowledge in protein engineering and/or directed evolution to alter function. Experience in designing and constructing biosynthetic gene pathways in model organisms. Experience and knowledge in enzyme assays and/or assessing enzyme function. Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature. Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information. Qualifications we desire Experience with synthetic biology/gene editing in E. coli and/or yeast Experience with HPLC and/or GC analysis of analytes. Experience in protein purification and enzyme assays and with generating, sequencing, and analyzing protein variant libraries.

Nuclear Reactions - Postdoctoral Researcher | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a major role in developing and conducting low-energy nuclear-physics experiments that use the surrogate-reaction method to measure nuclear-reaction cross sections that are of importance to nuclear astrophysics, stockpile stewardship, and nuclear energy. This research will make use of a low energy particle accelerator facility, where you will set up and conduct experiments. At this facility, you will collect high-resolution charged particle spectra, gamma-ray spectra and detect coincident neutron with the Hyperion array and the NeutronSTARS array. You will help develop complex analysis software algorithms to analyze the data. You will work with nuclear theorists to extract nuclear cross sections of interest from the data. You will work with teams of physicists, radiochemists, and technicians to set up and coordinate the experiments. This position is in the Nuclear and Particle Physics group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division. In this role you will Conduct charged-particle-beam irradiations of isotopes of interest at an accelerator facility. Perform charged-particle, gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy measurements. Must be able to set up and troubleshoot digital and analog electronics for VME based data-acquisition system. Develop complex data-analysis tools and techniques to interpret the results of the experiments. Work directly with nuclear theory to interpret the results of the experiments. Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings. Perform other duties as assigned. PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or related field. Knowledge of accelerator-based nuclear-physics experiments and/or neutron irradiations. Experience with highly segmented charged-particle and gamma-ray detectors, neutron spectroscopy, and associated data analysis. Knowledge of programming in C/C++ and/or other programming languages. Experience performing analysis using ROOT and QT. Experience performing simulations with GEANT4 and/or MCNP. Experience with digital and analog electronics for data acquisition systems, specifically NIM and VME electronics. Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

Energetic Materials Modeling - Staff Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for an Energetic Materials Research Scientist to conduct research in reacting mixtures of energetic materials exposed to abnormal thermal environments such as fires. You will actively participate in the modeling and simulation of coupled fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and chemical kinetics of reacting mixtures. This position is in the Reaction Dynamics group of the Materials Science Division. In this role you will Collaborate with a team of scientists and engineers to conduct research in modeling and simulation of reacting solid-liquid-gas mixtures. Frame open-ended real-world problems into well-defined multi-physics problems. Develop mathematical and empirical models from experimental data. Setup and run in-house computational codes. Perform numerical verification/validation and communicate the results. Collaborate and interact with scientists and engineers both internally and externally to the Laboratory. Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results within the DOE community and at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. PhD in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and significant related experience. Experience with modeling and simulation. Experience developing independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature. Advanced verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures. Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment. Qualifications we desire Expertise in thermal transport, mechanics, and/or chemical kinetics. Experience using multi-physics codes, e.g., Comsol.

Explosive Materials Staff Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for Explosive Materials Staff Scientists to perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the areas of material aging, compatibility and performance of explosive materials. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in initiation systems. This position is in the Reaction Dynamics group in the Materials Science Division. In this role you will Conduct research and contribute to the development of advanced mechanical, thermal, electronic, optical and/or explosive systems for various applications. Work independently and within teams to solve moderately complex to complex problems in the areas of engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopy and detonation science that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods. Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, and supervisors from LLNL and its sponsors to support system development. Contribute to project/program milestone completion and provide solutions to problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies. Document research activities, write reports, and deliver briefings on your efforts. Define and prioritize tasks and goals to ensure project needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. Obtain certification as a qualified explosives handler, firing operator, and ramrod (training provided through LLNL). Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. Bachelor's degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Broad experience in analyzing and interpreting fundamental experimental results and reporting findings. Broad knowledge in one or more of the following: engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopic techniques, material testing methods. Ability to perform independent work with technical objectives and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities. Ability to obtain and maintain certification as a qualified explosives handler. Experience conducting directed research with limited direction. Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences. Proficient interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment. Qualifications We Desire Experience working in an environment with stringent safety and security policies. Working knowledge of and/or experience with material aging, compatibility, or explosive materials. Experience programming in Java, Python or Matlab

Lead Climate Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a nationally recognized Lead Climate Scientist to spearhead a new Climate Impacts and Resilience Initiative. You will focus on the quality, robustness, and relevance of LLNL's climate science, security, and resilience efforts, interact with technical leaders and senior managers, and serve as the primary interface between the climate program and other LLNL discipline and program organizations, as well as the director's office. You will also provide technical, operational, and administrative supervision and leadership for scientists and postdoctoral researchers supporting research on the impacts of climate change and adaptation, with a particular emphasis on the implications for national security and energy infrastructure. This position is in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate. In this role you will Collaborate with LLNL climate scientists to further develop LLNL's vision and strategic plan for Climate Resilience. Build a research portfolio in Climate Resilience by ensuring technical excellence on currently funded efforts and developing competitive research proposals for internal and external funding sources. Represent LLNL's capabilities in Climate Resilience related science and applications to Laboratory senior management and external sponsors including national security sponsors. Serve as the point-of-contact for LLNL's efforts to provide actionable climate information to a broad array of end-users. Serve as a subject matter expert in climate change and related impacts, providing technical guidance, leadership, and supervision for scientists and engineers in the Atmospheric Earth and Energy Division (AEED), other divisions within PLS and other directorates such as Global Security and Computation. Provide technical, operational, and administrative supervision and leadership for a group of scientists and postdoctoral researchers supporting Climate Resilience related science and applications. This includes performance management activities. Collaborate with PLS, Global Security and Computing Program managers to ensure that programmatic staffing needs are met, and Climate Resilience staff are well-positioned for available programmatic assignments. This includes recruiting, coaching, and mentoring new employees, nurturing existing LLNL collaborations, and initiating new partnerships. Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to secure and maintain DOE Q-level and SCI security clearances, which require U.S. Citizenship. Ph.D. in Meteorology, Oceanography, Engineering, Environmental Science or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Extensive experience and subject matter expertise in an area of modeling and/or experimental approaches supporting Climate Change Impacts analysis and Adaptation applications. Expert knowledge of climate change mitigation and an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners of this arena. Expert and broad knowledge of climate science. Expert project management and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines. Extensive experience in developing new scientific programs and research proposals, developing relationships, and working with national security sponsors in Climate Resilience related science and applications for internal and external funding. Advanced leadership skills and experience leading, supervising, and mentoring others, while building highly complex interdisciplinary teams in a technical environment. Expert written and verbal communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills, necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors. Qualifications We Desire Working knowledge of the DOE Office of Science and other DOE program offices. Familiarity with the applications of artificial intelligence and machining learning methods to climate science. Understanding of LLNL's research scope and mission.

High Pressure Physics - Postdoctoral Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have multiple openings for Postdoctoral Scientists in the High-Pressure Physics Group, Physics Division (high-pressure.llnl.gov) to conduct research in dynamic compression science . Areas of active research include a broad swath of materials and understanding their equations of state; phase stability and transformation kinetics; and thermomechanical material properties and responses at extreme conditions. We conduct research that ranges from in-house benchtop experiments to the use of world-leading dynamic compression facilities such as the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF), the Nevada Test site, and the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). In this role you will Research, design, execute, simulate, and analyze experiments to study the thermochemical or thermomechanical response of dynamically compressed materials. Participate in ongoing experiments conducted at on-site and off-site facilities, including the design, setup, calibration, and fielding of diagnostics. Develop and apply analytical tools, models, and instruments to varied data sets from dynamic experiments that may include photonic doppler velocimetry (PDV), two-dimensional VISAR, optical and near-IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray radiography, or optical imaging. Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings. Engage with complementary research efforts and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory. Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies. Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship. PhD in a physical science (e.g., Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Materials Science, Astronomy, Astrophysics,) Engineering, or related field. Experience with in-situ measurements (e.g., optical or x-ray spectroscopies, x-ray diffraction or imaging, velocimetry, etc.), diagnostic development, data analysis, model development, or image processing. Experience with analytical techniques and tools, including computational simulations, to determine structure, thermomechanical properties (e.g., thermal conductivity, density, bulk modulus, etc.), or thermodynamic variables (e.g., temperature, pressure, etc.). Demonstrated capacity for conception, design, control, and execution of experiments. Proficient, collaborative verbal and written communication skills, as demonstrated by publication of peer-reviewed literature and presentations of research. Qualifications We Desire Experience in one of the following areas: High Energy Density Science, high-pressure or high-temperature science (dynamic or static), matter and/or materials at extreme conditions, interiors of planets and exoplanets, giant impacts, spectroscopic methods, or research at large scale facilities such as synchrotrons. Experience with computer programming with an emphasis on developing custom analytical routines or experience with developing new experimental techniques and/or computer algorithms. Experience working on highly multidisciplinary teams.

Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing of Materials - Staff Researcher | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Staff Scientist to conduct a full range of general to moderately complex research in the advanced engineering and manufacturing of materials for uses in harsh service conditions and extreme environments. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in design, synthesis, characterization, processing and/or integration of ceramics, metals and composite materials. This position is in the High Performance Materials group in the Materials Science Division. This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. In this role you will Perform powder handling, mixing, blending, milling, cleaning and processing. Create, cast, print powder suspensions, slurries and inks. Sinter ceramics bodies at elevated pressures and/or temperatures. Characterize the microstructure, chemical composition, thermal and mechanical properties of materials. Evaluate their performance in corrosive environments and at elevated temperatures. Interact with a wide spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory to enhance the applications of ceramic and composite materials. Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with limited complexity. Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research and project planning. Document research and provide results for presentation within the DOE community and at conferences. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems within the scope of LLNL interests. Design and perform procedures to tailor the performance of various material systems: powder feedstocks, suspensions, or composites. Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results. Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship . BS degree in materials science or engineering, ceramics, chemistry, physics or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Fundamental knowledge and practical experience operating, maintaining, data-logging a variety of laboratory equipment for materials processing such as ovens, furnaces, hydraulic presses, vacuum or pressurized gas systems, chemical fume hoods or glove-boxes. Experience identifying and recommending solutions to fundamental problems using initiative and creativity. Proficiency in verbal and written communication as reflected by effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures. The willingness and ability to work independently, and to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams as required to reach research goals. Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level Experience working with ceramic or composite fabrication techniques such as milling, casting, sintering in vacuum furnaces, hot-presses, autoclaves. Experience or knowledge in a variety of advanced and additive manufacturing techniques. Experience performing hazardous work with reactive or nano- materials and performing experiments in corrosive or high-temperature environments. Qualifications We Desire MS degree in materials science or engineering, ceramics, chemistry, physics or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience. A proven interest in pushing ceramic or composite materials to the forefront of advanced engineering whether for traditional or additive manufacturing. Willingness and ability to provide data for proposals to gain funding for either feasibility or long-term studies. Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

Materials Scientist - Metallography/Fractography | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Materials Scientist with experience in metallography and/or fractography. You will perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the area of metallography, sample preparation, microscopy, and materials characterization for a wide variety of projects at LLNL, including working with hazardous materials, e.g., radioactive materials, beryllium and lead. This position is in the Metallurgy and Advanced Microscopy Group in the Materials Science Division (MSD). This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. In this role you will Conduct moderately complex to complex work in metallography, fractography, and materials characterization, including sample preparation, macro- and micro-hardness testing, optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (including electron backscatter diffraction and energy/wavelength dispersive spectroscopy) for a variety of principal investigators at LLNL. Contribute to the development and operation of metallography, sample preparation, and materials capabilities, including performing measurements, maintaining instruments, writing safety documentation, and upgrading equipment. Independently develop moderately complex to complex methods for preparing and analyzing one-of-a-kind samples, including hazardous materials, beryllium, and radioactive materials. Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results. Present research findings to sponsors and customers. Contribute to and actively participate in the development of tools and techniques to achieve a high throughput of samples in the materials characterization laboratories. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities at the SES.3 Level Conduct advanced development of sample preparation techniques using state-of-the-art automated equipment. Serve as the primary technical contact on specific projects for LLNL customers. Assist LLNL staff in planning and coordinating sample preparation and characterization across laboratories within the materials characterization center of MSD. BS/BA in materials science, materials engineering, engineering technology, engineering science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, or physics; or equivalent combination of education and related experience. Broad understanding of basic materials science and sample preparation concepts and skills, including sample polishing techniques, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, macro- and micro hardness testing and grain size measurements. Broad experience with preparation of metallographic specimens, including working with chemicals and etchants. Experience with optical microscopy techniques. Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results. Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team. Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level Significant experience in advanced electron microscopy techniques. Significant experience in materials characterization, including a theoretical understanding of techniques and limitations of the tools. Advanced knowledge in advanced materials science concepts, including phase transformations, dislocations, alloying, crystal structure, and grain boundaries. Qualifications We Desire Experience with scanning electron microscopy techniques, including expertise in operating an SEM. Experience in other materials preparation and characterization tools, such as x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microcopy, hardness testing, electropolishing, ion milling, vacuum coating, white-light interferometry, and density measurements. Experience with instrument maintenance and design and fabrication of simple fixtures.

Chemistry, Material - Staff / Research Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Chemist/Material Scientist to perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the area of actinide processing. This position is in the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials Group in the Materials Science Division. This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. In this role you will Conduct moderately complex to complex research in actinide processing and recovery. Independently develop moderately complex to complex methods for actinide synthesis and sample preparation. Become a fissile material handler and perform work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures. Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results. Contribute to and actively participate in the development of actinide synthesis and processing to meet sponsor needs in appropriate national security areas. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level Design and conduct advanced chemical synthesis and characterization of actinide samples. Conduct advanced research in plutonium chemistry and materials science. Serve as the primary technical contact on plutonium process chemistry and recovery. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship. BS in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Broad understanding in basic chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides. Broad experience with radioactive materials and contamination control. Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results. Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team. Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment at LLNL. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Significant experience in actinide chemistry and processing. Significant experience in chemical and materials characterization. Advanced knowledge in contamination control and actinide material handling. Qualifications We Desire Experience with chemical process design. Experience in material properties and characterization.

Multi-physics/Advanced Numerical Simulations Postdoctoral Researcher | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of hydrodynamic simulations of materials with designer properties. The primary focus will be on 1) analysis of 3D printed energetic materials under dynamic loading conditions;2) software development to utilize automatic differentiation libraries in finite element simulations; and 3) apply deep neural networks to inverse problems in complex time-dependent hydrodynamic scenarios. This position is in the Materials Dynamics and Kinetics group in the Materials Science Division. In this role you will Design and perform multi-physics numerical simulations of condensed phases under dynamic loading. Determination of initial conditions yielding desired outcomes in novel additive manufactured materials. Establishment of design principles for future material synthesis. Document research; write published papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community, at working group meetings, and at conferences. Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research related to the study of materials under extreme thermodynamic conditions. Understand and follow LLNL's policies and regulations related to ES Perform assignments with ESH&Q, Security, and business practice requirements and policies. Establish independent research projects. Perform other duties as assigned. Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. PhD in Computational Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics, or related field. Experience in programming in C/C++, Fortran, or an equivalent high-level language. Experience with a scripting language such as python. Proficient written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities to author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations. Proficient communication and interpersonal skills to work in a diverse multidisciplinary research team environment. Recent record of peer-reviewed publications. Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.

Quality Manager - Staff / Research Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Quality Manager to provide independent guidance, development, and oversight of quality practices for the Forensic Science Center (FSC) and for the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) polymer programs and be responsible for the flow-down and implementation of ISO 17025 standards to ensure that work conforms to required standards. You will work in a team environment and guide analysts to work in accordance with ISO 17025 standards. This position is in the Materials and Analytical Spectroscopy / Spectrometry Group within the Materials Science Division. Because this position supports multiple programs, functionally, the Quality Manager will report to the FSC Director and to the WCI Product Development Program Leader. This position will be filled at the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. In this role you will Serve as the primary point of contact between the programs and the external accreditation agency regarding accreditation, coordinating all quality activities of the FSC and WCI's polymer group and facilitating external assessments. Develop, direct, and monitor the management system's goals, procedures, and policies and ensure their compliance with ISO 17025 standards. Plan, coordinate, and conduct internal assessments. Coordinate proficiency test programs to ensure proficiency tests are performed at the required frequency. Maintain and distribute quality documents (e.g., Quality Manual and standard operating procedures). Train employees on the management system and maintain training records. Participate in the disposition of nonconforming work, maintaining a corrective/preventative actions system and identifying improvement opportunities. Perform other duties, as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level Draft and review technical standard operating procedures. Develop optimized procedures for improvement of the quality management system. Support integration of a LIMS system into the existing QA framework. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship. Bachelor's degree in material science, chemistry, engineering, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Experience representing and facilitating independent quality assessments and conducting internal quality assessments to evaluate staff, methods, equipment, calibration and reporting with follow-on corrective/preventative actions as needed. Knowledge of industry quality standards and practices related to sample preparation and analytical instrumentation such as NMR, GC/MS, LC/MS, ICP-MS, SEM, FTIR, alpha and gamma spectrometers. Proficiency in verbal and written communication skills necessary to provide quality support in presenting, writing, revising, and maintaining standard operating procedures (SOPs), test methods, worksheets, guidance documents, training records, Quality Manual, and correspondence with the accreditation agency. Experience updating, implementing, and maintaining a quality management system per ISO 17025 to promote continual improvement and sustain accreditation and the ability to produce valid results. Ability to provide leadership and mentorship to multidisciplinary technical staff members to achieve compliance in total quality efforts. Proficiency in computer technology including understanding of Microsoft Office applications. The willingness and ability to self-direct and work independently to anticipate, define, interpret, advise, recommend, and approve actions and implement solutions for total quality efforts. Fundamental organizational and interpersonal skills to work with experimental teams which may include members from all disciplines and working effectively under conflicting and rigorous deadlines. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level Significant experience managing a proficiency test program to meet accreditation timelines. Significant experience with the implementation or use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) including automated quality tracking systems (e.g., RFID tagging, readers) to support laboratory operations. Significant experience with the operation of analytical instrumentation. Qualifications We Desire Master's degree in material science, chemistry, engineering, or related field. Knowledge of radiological instruments and related sample preparation methods. Experience working with the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) or similar accreditation agencies. In-depth knowledge of LLNL.

Explosives Research Experimentalist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have multiple openings for Explosives Research Experiment Leads to lead experimental activities, under general direction, involving the use of high explosives and other energetic materials, supporting the stewardship of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, conventional weapons design, counterterrorism efforts, and commercial partnerships. Your primary responsibility is the safe and successful execution of experiments in the High Explosive Application Facilities (HEAF). You will be responsible for many aspects of the experiment including, but not limited to, experimental design, safety and performance margin and uncertainty calculations, acting as an interface between the principal investigator and the operations team, providing intent and guidance in experimental conduct, and leading the test effort through all phases of the experiment (pre-during-post). In addition, you will prepare packages of pre- and post-experiment reports with pertinent data analysis and interpretation. These positions are in Physical & Life Sciences (PLS), supporting the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate. This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. In this role you will Plan, execute, analyze, and interpret well-defined explosively driven experiments in collaboration with diagnostics operators, other scientists, and technical personnel. Contribute original scientific/engineering solutions to the design of explosively driven experiments, applying knowledge and skills. Develop experimental requirements and oversee the implementation of the various components of the experiment. Perform, arm and fire experiments using highly explosive material. Oversee the assembly of experimental hardware and diagnostics, as a representative of the physicist/engineer, to ensure that the assemblies meet specification. Use professional judgement to direct the team responsible for setup, alignment, and perform quality assurance checks on all dry-run data to ensure that the experiment is ready to be fired and that the expected data returned will be of the highest quality possible within funding targets. Analyze and interpret experimental data, to document and report results, identify problems, plan projects to solve problems, and communicate lessons learned. Present and disseminate research results to sponsors to document experiment and results, in open and classified environments. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional duties at the SES.2 Level Use independent judgement to prioritize, manage, and oversee multiple parallel experiments at different stages of development including the arming and firing of these experiments. Identify, advocate and facilitate the addition of moderately complex to complex diagnostics and data analysis techniques for explosively driven experiments. Collaborate with engineers and physicists to develop and integrate new capabilities. Independently provide technical input requiring careful planning and execution in concert with effective teamwork. Present and disseminate comprehensive research results to sponsors to document experiment and results, in open and classified environments, and monitor moderately complex to complex experiment costs and schedule performance. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship BS in chemistry, materials science, engineering, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Familiarity with knowledge of physics, engineering, mechanical, aerospace or nuclear engineering Experience performing hands-on experimental science, working around explosives and/or other energetic materials and using computer aided design tools and standard office computer tools. Experience managing a project timeline including other personnel in a team environment. Self-motivated with the initiative to address challenging problems, and innovative skills to identify/develop creative solutions. Experience working effectively independently and in a multi-disciplinary, team-research environment to achieve goals. Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence necessary to work effectively with a wide range of personalities. Sufficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to explain, negotiate and advise on experimental design and the interpersonal skills to communicate and work in both one-on-one and team environments. Ability to become a qualified explosives handler. Additional qualifications at the SES.2 Level Comprehensive knowledge of physics, engineering, mechanical, aerospace or nuclear engineering or a related field. Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher, working under limited direction, with a high level of attention to details. Ability to mentor and train a multidisciplinary team. Record of completing and/or leading top-quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering. Qualifications We Desire Experience in experiments or material properties involving energetic materials, including high explosives, thermites, and pyrotechnics. Experience with radiography, high speed photography, Photonic Doppler Velocimetry, radiometry, pulsed power (flash lamps, fire sets), system generated EMP, grounding and shielding. Knowledge of the WCI weapons program, explosive experimentation, and the optics, electro-optics, and radiographic technologies used at LLNL.

Noble Gas Mass Spectrometrist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Research Scientist to develop and pursue innovative research in the analysis of nuclear and non-nuclear materials in support of nuclear security and planetary science research. The successful candidate will perform isotopic analyses utilizing noble gas mass spectrometry (NGMS) to understand signatures of interest to nuclear forensics, nonproliferation, and nuclear science applications. You will play a leadership role in development and design of analytical approaches and in generating new proposals for funding. This position is in the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division supporting the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures Group. This position will be filled at the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on candidate qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. In this role you will Independently develop and pursue innovative research in noble gas measurements of geologic/planetary samples and nuclear materials and establish new analytical protocols and techniques. Independently prepare samples, analyze samples, and interpret results. Document and publish results in technical reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications and present results at conferences, seminars, and technical meetings. Lead technical efforts with responsibility for budgets, schedules, deliverables, and resource allocation. Independently develop research proposals for agencies that fund research in nuclear science and nuclear forensics. Independently operate, maintain, repair, and upgrade ultra-high vacuum processing line components, mass spectrometers, and associated hardware and interact with hardware and software vendors. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical personnel to accomplish research goals. Provide training and support for new and existing users of the laboratory. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.4 level Represent the organization as a primary technical contact across projects. Drive programmatic growth by identifying and addressing sponsor needs. Manage multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical personnel. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship. Ph.D. in geochemistry, cosmochemistry, nuclear engineering, or a related field. Significant experience measuring noble gas isotope ratios and abundances by mass spectrometry. Significant experience with noble gas purification and spiking methods for mass spectrometry, as well as laser heating and/or ablation systems. Significant experience using noble gas isotope variations to address problems in geochemistry, cosmochemistry, nuclear engineering, or a related field. Experience in the design, evaluation, and construction of ultra-high vacuum systems, including specifying and procuring vacuum, mechanical, and electrical components and working with suppliers and mechanical shops. Demonstrated ability to independently lead research projects, reflected in the publication of first-authored, peer-reviewed literature. Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations. Initiative and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment. Additional qualifications at the SES.4 level Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects, reflected in prior experience working as a principal investigator for NSF, NASA, DOE, and/or DOD. Experience as the lead scientist of a noble gas mass spectrometry laboratory. Experience managing and leading multidisciplinary project teams. Qualifications We Desire Experience in MATLAB, Java, C++, and/or SQL databases.

Light Matter Interaction - Research Scientist | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have openings for Materials Scientists, Physicists, or Chemists to work independently on light matter interactions with emphases on laser damage science, laser propagation, and materials characterization. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research to develop applications of high fluence, high energy and high peak power lasers. This position is in the Laser Material Interaction Science group of the Materials Science Division. In this role you will Design and conduct complex experiments related to laser effects including laser damage and growth, laser beam propagation, and/or laser-based diagnostics and characterization. Conduct advanced research toward multi-modal characterization of laser matter interactions. Serve as the primary technical contact on the design and analysis of experimental tests to understand and apply laser matter interactions. Provide direction on complex program requirements and deliverables for DOE and internal sponsors. Convey capabilities and new opportunities to DOE and internal sponsors. Exert significant influence on technical objectives related to high energy laser systems for national security needs. Develop and present written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports. Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. Perform other duties as assigned. If selected for an L- or Q-level clearance, must have the ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE L- or Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship. PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Significant experience in optical system design and building or using complex optical layouts. Significant experience with one of the following: laser material processing techniques (i.e., environment-controlled laser processing) using various laser (CW, ns, ps, and fs) systems, laser beam propagation, laser material characterization methods (i.e., time-resolved PL, pump probe). Advanced knowledge in fundamentals of non-linear optical interactions (i.e., SHG, self-focusing, etc.). Ability to perform as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, execution, and analysis. Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written reports, explain technical information, and provide advice to management. Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research environment. Qualifications We Desire Experience in using class 4 lasers, optics system layout, and construction. Experience in wavelength, time, and spatial multiplexing schemes. Experience with computer software for instrumentation design and control.

Radiative Properties Group Leader - High Energy Density Science Section | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for a Group Leader for the Radiative Properties group in the High Energy Density Science (HEDS) Section of the Physics Division. In this position you will interact with Directorate management teams and other program and project managers/leaders across the Laboratory to coordinate staffing, recruitment, research thrusts and resources to support projects on radiative properties and x-ray spectroscopy for High Energy Density (HED) and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) experiments. You will be expected to work with Line and program management teams to strengthen and broaden the experimental scope beyond established areas related to radiative properties of plasmas (opacity, atomic physics, radiative transport, x-ray spectroscopy, etc.) This position requires you to have funding to cover the majority of your own time through programmatic and other direct funding sources. This position is in the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate. This position will be filled at either the SEL.4 or SEL.5 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level. In this role you will Provide leadership and technical guidance, including scientific and programmatic direction to a diverse group of scientists. Collaborate with line and programmatic management to ensure staffing needs are met and group members are considered for available assignments. Maintain a close interface with program managers as well as theoretical and modeling groups to ensure effective scientific support and teamwork. Promote relationships that advance strategic goals of the Laboratory, including working closely with programmatic leaders, and developing collaborations with several Directorates. Mentor technical staff to promote professional development, conduct staff and performance management activities in collaboration with Physics Division Management, including succession planning. Develop new scientific programs and research proposals for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and external sponsors and funding agencies. Foster interactions with colleagues and institutions in both domestic and international communities, such as academia, industry and government institutions. Foster publications in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals. Perform other others as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SEL.5 level Influence strategic technical decisions made by senior management and external customers and interact with programmatic sponsors within the Laboratory and with external funding agencies. Guide and provide strategic direction for experimental radiation transport, opacity, atomic physics experiments, including LDRD funded activities. Provide solutions to highly complex problems in HED and ICF physics. Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. PhD in Experimental Physics or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Significant experience and subject matter expertise in experimental physics, including use of x-ray spectroscopy techniques at large-scale HED physics facilities. Expert leadership skills and experience supervising others in a technical environment. Ability to delegate effectively and to lead, motivate, and build highly complex interdisciplinary teams to work toward programmatic and institutional goals. Significant experience working effectively as part of a management team on behalf of the section, division, directorate, or Laboratory. Expert written and verbal communication skills, specifically the ability to explain and present highly complex ideas, as well as to influence employees and all levels of management. Additional qualifications at the SEL.5 level Nationally recognized expert in one or more areas of radiative properties, atomic physics or x-ray spectroscopy, or closely related field. Ability to apply, lead, and/or develop principles, experimental methods, and technologies related to understanding radiative properties such as opacity, atomic physics or x-ray spectroscopy. Extensive experience guiding and providing strategic direction for projects; expert level communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to effectively present, explain, influence, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors. Qualifications We Desire In depth knowledge of ICF and HED physics In depth knowledge of one or more program government sponsors Familiarity with Physics Division and NIF personnel and projects. Experience in developing new scientific programs and research proposal for LDRD and external funding. Knowledge of Laboratory

Applied Scientist/Engineer | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3 days 16 hours ago
Livermore, California, We have an opening for an Applied Scientist/Engineer to support and lead modeling and experimental investigation of radiation effects on nuclear materials. In this role you will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to study the mechanical effects associated with rapid energy deposition of neutrons and high-explosive shocks. You will study and model how these effects may affect various complex mechanical structures. You will design, model, field, and analyze experiments at nuclear reactors requiring familiarity with hardware design and relavent regulatory requirements. You will travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers. This position is in the Physics Division. This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level. In this role you will Perform modeling/simulation and experiments in following areas: Irradiation of materials by neutrons; large atmospheric shocks; high explosive generated shocks. Design, setup, and calibrate experimental platforms and a multitude of diagnostics not limited to: optical velocity or displacement, analytical chemistry mapping of thin films, digital image correlation, particle size analysis, temperature and density, strain gauges, and other destructive measurements. Write periodic progress reports, test plans, procedures, and other documentation as required to execute experiments and update safety plans/Integration work sheets (IWS) in accordance with experimental needs. Maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas. Prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results. Travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers. Perform other duties as assigned. Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level Serve as a technical expert in formal and ad hoc groups assembled to address pressing applications in national security. Lead and develop new areas of scientific inquiry Mentor and help develop staff Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship MS in Applied Science, Physics, Plasma Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience. Understanding of analytical techniques of chemistry, material science, impulse and mechanical movements, equation of state using gas guns, and x-ray and neutron sources. Experience conducting experiments in a nuclear reactor environment, including familiarity with meeting, documenting, and operating within the associated safety and regulatory requirements, and to include cooperating with a variety of involved parties. Capabilities to design and execute experiments including the ability to support the design and fabrication of experimental platforms. Experience working with Monte Carlo and/or deterministic radiation transport codes. Advanced knowledge of nuclear science including radiation interactions with matter, neutronics, radiochemistry, nuclear materials, and related topics. Significant experience authoring technical and scientific reports and publications and delivering scientific presentations. Communication skills and breadth of knowledge/skills to contribute to interdisciplinary teams executing complex activities Ability to travel. Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level Significant experience developing research proposals. Experience working with neutron, optical, x-ray, and/or shock diagnostics Significant experience designing and executing experiments in highly regulated nuclear environments, including the capability to mentor others in this activity Qualifications We Desire PhD in a physical science Experience within an NNSA laboratory Desire to work on national security programs
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