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Research Scientist - Shock Physics / Detonation Science

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104288
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: October 04 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 Research Scientist to independently work on Shock Physics and Detonation Science and other technically challenging problems. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in the design and execution of experiments studying the high strain rate behavior of polymers, high explosives, and composite materials and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team conducting and supporting experiments to enable innovative technologies in high explosives manufacturing and processing to develop a deeper understanding of detonative chemistry.  This position is in the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties
- Design, guide, and conduct gas-gun driven planar shock experiments on inert and energetic targets.
- Characterize materials and interpret results to relate material micro/mesostructures and reactivity.
- Conduct fundamental research into the shock initiation and detonative behavior of explosive and reactive materials.
- Design, characterize, and produce composite reactive feedstocks for use in complex experiments and additive manufacturing processes.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems in complex systems using numerical models.
- Prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- 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.

- PhD in mechanical engineering, materials science, applied physics, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience in the production, characterization, and handling of composite reactive materials, (e.g., thermites, intermetallic/cermet forming systems).
- Significant experience in the characterization of material microstructure through analytical methods, such as electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, and the interpretation of the results in the context of material behavior.
- Advanced knowledge in Shock Physics and Detonation phenomena.
- Advanced knowledge with experimental techniques in shock and detonation.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written reports, explain technical information, and provide advice to management.
- Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Desired Qualifications
- Willingness to routinely work with explosives and ability to obtain and maintain qualification as an Explosives Handler.
- Experience working in energetic materials research at a DOE and/or DoD facility.
- Knowledge of high-speed diagnostics use in energetic materials research.

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:  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 an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

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.