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High Energy Density Science and Technology Experimental Physicist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  NIF and Photon Science
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 102845
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Date Posted: October 04 2017

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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 execute experiments and develop highly advanced instrumentation in support of NIF and OMEGA laser-matter research. You will plan, design, review, and execute experiments in the fields of laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength and/or nuclear physics and provide progress reports to professional colleagues and senior management. You will report technical progress in scientific meetings and conferences. These positions are in the High Energy Density (HED) Scientific and Technology (S&T) Program in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF & PS) Principal Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Plan, design, execute and analyze complex laser and x-ray driven physics and conduct highly advanced experimental campaigns on HED facilities (NIF and Omega).
- Establish objectives for and oversee experiments in the fields of hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength and/or nuclear physics in support of Inertial Confinement Fusion(ICF), Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI), and fundamental science.
- Author expert scientific reports and verbal briefings that capture and communicate substantial research results.
- Lead working groups in the development of new ideas and/or modifying approaches.
- Consult on experimental campaign planning and scheduling, including setting broad research project vision and strategy.
- Lead design reviews and change review board activities for proposed additions or changes to x-ray diagnostic hardware and software.
- Develop nuclear, x-ray or optical diagnostics and model and interpret experimental results.
- Publish highly advanced 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, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, condensed matter or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Expert knowledge and substantial experience designing, executing, and analyzing complex experiments in the areas of laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength or nuclear physics.
- Extensive experience developing highly complex diagnostics, image processing, and data analysis.
- Substantial experience in using highly advanced analytical skills necessary to solve complex problems, develop innovative methods and solutions, and make appropriate decisions.
- Expert written and verbal communication skills to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations.
- Expert facilitation and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, and advise senior management and/or external sponsors.
- Experience leading multidisciplinary teams of experimentalists, designers and engineers working across organizational boundaries with successful results.
- Substantial experience overseeing the experimental activities of junior scientists and technical personnel.

Desired Qualifications
- Advanced knowledge of and experience in stockpile stewardship.

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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