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High Energy Density Science and Technology Experimental Physicist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 102844
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have openings for Experimental Physicists to independently plan, design, and guide the execution of experiments and develop instrumentation in support of NIF and OMEGA laser-matter research. You will work with detectors in the fields of laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength and/or nuclear physics. You will interact with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and mid-level management. This position is in the High Energy Density (HED) Scientific and Technology (S&T) Program in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Principal (NIF & PS) Directorate.
Essential Duties
- Plan, design, execute and analyze laser and x-ray driven physics experimental campaigns on HED facilities (i.e. NIF and Omega).
- Develop nuclear, x-ray or optical diagnostic detectors and diagnostic techniques.
- Craft analytical models and use them to interpret experimental results.
- Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team in the development of innovative methods to support the NIF and OMEGA projects.
- Author complex scientific reports and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results.
- 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.

- Ph.D. in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, atomic, nuclear physics, condensed matter or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience crafting, executing, and analyzing complex experiments in the areas of laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength, or nuclear physics.
- Significant experience developing complex diagnostics, image processing, and data analysis.
- Demonstrated advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills to anticipate, identify, and independently recommend appropriate actions and solutions.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, document work, prepare and present scientific and high quality research papers and provide advice to management.
- Experience working independently, as well as in a team, with minimal direction in a driven environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with x-ray sources, time-resolved optical and x-ray photon detection techniques, CCDs, imaging and spectroscopy.
- Experience with spectrum and image analysis using numerical processing.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the location of the assignment.

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

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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