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Post Doctoral Research Staff Member

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 103050
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: November 13 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 an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in the field of adaptive optic (AO) techniques, instrumentation, control algorithms and AO telemetry. You will conduct and assist in the construction and operation of high-speed adaptive optics testbed. This position is in the Optical Sciences Group (OSG), Applied Physics Section of the Physics Division.

Essential Duties
- Construct and perform telemetry analysis of high-speed adaptive optics testbed.
- Contribute to other AO-related tasks and efforts in the Optical Sciences Group.
- Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Maintain professional and institutional visibility through participation in conferences.
- Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physics, astronomy, or engineering with emphasis on adaptive optics or related field.
- Experience with adaptive optics techniques, instrumentation, control algorithms, and familiarity with AO telemetry.
- Experience with the operation and opto-mechanical performance of astronomical instruments.
- Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations.
- Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature with experience presenting research results to a large audience.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with astronomical observations, especially with adaptive optics system numerical simulation tools such as LAOS/TAOS.
- Experience in programming languages such as C++ or scripting languages such as IDL.
- Experience designing opto-mechanical systems with tools such as ZEMAX.

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:  None required.


Note:   This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

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.