Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Materials Characterization R&D Engineer

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104434
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: November 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 an opening for a Research Engineer to work within the Advanced Coatings and Vacuum Process Lab (AC-VPL) group. You will collaborate with a team of engineers and scientists to complete research and development projects on selected topics/areas within thin film R&D and characterization using high resolution imaging, spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction tools, metrology, and Molecular Dynamic (MD) simulations. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Utilize established methods for use of high Resolution Imaging tools, including HR-TEM, SEM, metrology, and AFM.
- Under limited direction perform X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD, rocking curve measurements) and Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) Analysis.
- Perform moderately complex-to-complex thin film deposition using methods, such as CVD, ALD, PVD, sol-gel, nanoparticles synthesis.
- Functioning as a member of a team, collaborate with engineers, technicians, and other stakeholders internal and external to LLNL to complete technical projects and organizational objectives.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research to management, sponsors and the technical community.
- Contribute to moderately complex-to-complex projects in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
- Pursue independent research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Ph.D. in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant previous experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of high-resolution thin film and nanoparticles characterization tools, including XRD, RBS analysis, HR-TEM, TEM sample prep., SEM, AFM, and basic metrology methods.
- Broad experience in two or more of the following: thin film deposition by CVD, ALD, PVD, sol-gel, nanoparticles-based.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team with effective organizational and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications
- Able to perform Molecular Dynamics simulations (LAMMPS) to capture microscopic features under dynamic conditions.
- Experience with reactor systems handling hazardous materials (e.g., corrosive systems, CVD with halogenated precursors).
- Experience with finite element simulation of flowing systems (ex. COMSOL, ANSYS).

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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