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Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Analytical/Physical Chemistry

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Job ID: 103942
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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 Researcher to conduct research in analytical and physical chemistry related to a variety of materials, including polymers, salts, and metals. You will actively participate in the research to investigate the kinetics of phase transformations, thermal analysis and degradation of materials, chemical compatibility, and aging mechanisms of various materials. This position is in the Materials Characterization group of the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties
- Design and perform innovative experiments using advanced instrumentation, including Raman spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy, and/or chromatographic methods (High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry).
- Perform research into decomposition, degradation, aging, outgassing, diffusion, sorption/desorption and thermal properties of energetic materials, polymers, organic and inorganic solids, and metals.
- Perform sophisticated analysis of experimental data to extract relevant kinetic and thermodynamic parameters required for lifetime predictions, develop analytical techniques for studying reaction kinetics and aging in a variety of materials, and perform data analysis and use chemometrics to identify aging trends and anomalies.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems related to materials relevant to national security missions.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols; ensure optimal performance of analytical instruments, including troubleshooting, scheduling regular maintenance and repairs, and exploring new methods and designing novel experiments for the detection and quantification of degradation mechanisms.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physical or analytical chemistry, or related field.
- Experience in a variety of analytical techniques including Ultraviolet Visible Spectroscopy, Raman, chromatography, NMR, and mass spectrometry; ability to apply these tools to a wide variety of materials and problems.
- Knowledgeable of the concepts of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, Monte Carlo simulations, and molecular dynamics simulations, and the ability to analyze data and develop models with mathematical lab codes (e.g., Matlab, Mathematica, or equivalent code).
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Experience designing, constructing, and maintaining one-of-a-kind equipment and analytical tools.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with analysis of polymeric materials.
- Experience designing and building analytical instruments.
- Knowledge in kinetic modeling.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, 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.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  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 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.

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