Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Clean Energy/Carbon Capture Research

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104436
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: November 06 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 Research Staff Member within the Colloidal Advance Manufacturing Processes Group. You will support several exciting new projects at the intersection of clean energy and advanced manufacturing, including CO2 capture, CO2 conversion, biofuel production, and high-efficiency power cycles. You will help to apply additive manufacturing, microfluidics, novel materials, and computational design to these topics in clean energy. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in and development of one or more of the following areas: gas-liquid reactor design, electro-synthesis reactor design, CO2 capture process design, heat exchanger design, 3D-printing of novel materials, and other concepts in clean energy technologies as they are developed.
- Fabricate materials and reactor components using additive manufacturing and microfluidic techniques.
- Design and assemble bench-scale apparatuses for testing the performance of new materials and reactor designs.
- Conduct and analyze experimental campaigns with new materials and reactor configurations.
- Develop novel microfabrication processes and materials.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with others 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.

- Recent PhD in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, or related field.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: CO2 capture technologies, multiphase reactor design, process engineering, structural design, additive manufacturing, micro/nano-fabrication processes, fluid mechanics, microfluidics, mechanics of materials, electrochemistry, bio catalysis, analytic and computational modeling and simulation, and material characterization.
- Demonstrated ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with 3D printing techniques at micro/nanoscale.
- Experience conduction experiments independently and setting up instrumentation and data collection systems.
- Knowledge of mass transfer and heat transfer processes, acid-base and organic chemistry.

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 either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the location of the assignment.

If you are selected and a security clearance is required, 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.  L and Q-level clearances require 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 one 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.