Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Scientific Associate Chemistry/Materials Science

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104322
Job Code: Scientific Associate - C/MS (304.1)
Date Posted: October 08 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 multiple openings for Engineering Materials Scientific Associates. You will provide advanced technical support to research and applied programs while working in the materials characterization laboratories. You will utilize specialized instruments to characterize materials using thermal analysis, microstructural characterization equipment, and powder/particulate sieving to perform size and compositional analysis for a broad range of materials. The scope of the work may include assuming responsibility for the daily operation and maintenance of various laboratory scale characterization equipment. These positions are in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Perform materials characterization through digital scanning calorimetry (DSC) and other thermal analysis techniques, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and optical microscopy (OM).
- Perform particle size, density and rheological analysis of various powders and work with chemicals and radioactive metals.
- Acquire and analyze complex data on a variety of tests and measurements on materials with an emphasis on metals and alloys and provide solutions and alternate approaches to complex problems using independent creativity and judgment.
- Provide written and verbal report results in a timely manner to colleagues, research scientists, technicians, and mid-level management.
- Maintain a safe, clean and functional laboratory environment.
- Operate and maintain a suite of laboratory equipment, ensuring optimal performance of thermal, optical, rheological, and mechanical analysis instruments, including troubleshooting, scheduling regular maintenance and repairs.
-Provide advanced technical support, to technicians and early career personnel and make frequent decisions using a high degree of independent discretion and judgment.
- Support polymer composites group with polymer processing and application tasks.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or the equivalent combination of education and extensive related experience.
- Highly advanced knowledge in materials engineering, including theory, design and operating advanced experimental systems.
- Significant experience utilizing and maintaining laboratory equipment and specialized instruments, including digital scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and optical microscopy to characterize materials.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to communicate results of research and prepare written reports.
- Demonstrated ability to solve complex materials and materials process problems.
- Experience making independent, fundamental decisions regarding complex technical problems.
- Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment with simultaneous commitments to performance, cost, and schedule.
- Proven track record for completing projects and delivering results on time and on budget.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in powder characterization and processing.
- Highly knowledgeable in operating PC controlled equipment.
- Experienced in working with chemicals and in a chemical environment.

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 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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