Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Analytical Spectroscopy

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104202
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 13 2018

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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 design instrumentation and develop unique spectroscopic methods at the intersection of applied photonics and biochemistry. Your work will include: designing and building laser spectrometers, construction and application of high-speed data acquisition systems, theoretical modeling of underlying physical phenomena, and dissemination of scientific findings. This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division.

Essential Duties
- Design instrumentation and analyze experimental data for the detection of rare-isotopes and chemical species in small bio-biological/biochemical samples.
- Design, implement, and troubleshoot optical, laser, and electronic systems.
- Develop spectroscopic models to interpret experiment data.
- Refine analytical procedures to separate and measure target chemical species.
- Collaborate with other team members in the design, implementation, and qualification of cutting-edge R&D systems.
- Publish research results in internal reports, peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook including complete records of experiments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or closely related field.
- Experience simulating classical and/or quantum spectroscopic models.
- Experience with one or more of the following areas: lasers, optics, photonics, high-finesse cavities, nonlinear optics, ultrafast diagnostics, high-speed RF electronics, photonic analog/digital conversion, digital signal processing, and/or related experience.
- Experience with analytical measurement techniques.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution; ability to understand and analyze experimental results (including computational experimental control and data analysis e.g., python, C, C++, R, Verilog, Labview, or equivalent).
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research environment, both independently and in a team environment with a diverse technical staff.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment, and present and explain technical information.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience programing and designing field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and other highspeed, data-acquisition hardware
- Experience with heterodyne, wavelength-modulation, cavity-ring-down, cavity-enhanced/locking, direct-frequency-comb, and/or other related spectroscopic techniques.
- Experience with liquid chromatography, microfluidics, flow-cytometry, matrix-assisted-laser-desorption/ionization, pulse-chase isotopic tracers, and/or other related biochemistry techniques.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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.

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