Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Chemical Engineering/Continuous Synthesis of Energetic Materials - Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104691
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: December 27 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 conduct research in the continuous synthesis, processing, and scale-up of new energetic compounds and their precursors.  You will be part of a team of chemists and engineers investigating the synthesis, formulation and testing of new energetic compounds and will interact with personnel in the Energetic Materials Center in the High Explosives Application Facility. This position is in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration Group of the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in the design and optimization of continuous synthesis and purification processes toward new energetic compounds.
- Design of continuous synthetic processes utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software.
- Develop custom/COTS continuous systems for scale-up synthesis and processing utilizing in situ analytical tools.
- Design, implement, analyze and resolve generic synthetic problems and establish solutions leading to materials which meet desired scientific specifications or programmatic needs. This includes analytical/separation procedures (normal and reverse phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), etc.) and spectroscopy (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Infrared (IR), Ultraviolet (UV), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Raman).
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Provide verbal and written communication on research progress through publications, presentations, and internal reports.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering/Synthetic Chemistry or related field.
- Experience in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of new compounds.
- Experience with analytical techniques (NMR, IR, UV, HPLC, GC-MS, Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectroscopy (LC-MS), Raman, and a broad-based knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry and heteroatom chemistry.
- Experience in the scale-up of continuous and telescoped processes including: synthesis, crystallization, liquid-liquid separation, heterogeneous reaction mixtures (liquid/liquid, liquid/solid, gas/solid/liquid, etc).
- Knowledgeable of the concepts and understanding of state of the art process intensification techniques.
- Ability to develop independent research projects 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.
- Ability to become a qualified explosives handler.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with energetic compounds, including pyrotechnics, explosives or propellants, and in nitration chemistry.
- Experience in the synthesis of functionalized heterocycles via condensation reactions, andin feedback system control for chemical synthesis optimization.
- Experience in the use and modification of Programmable Logic Controller based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) platforms, such as Wonderware InTouch (alternative platforms a plus).

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 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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