Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Laser Matter Interactions - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104761
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: January 28 2019

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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 in the area of laser-matter interactions which involves developing a multimodal, multiphoton microscope for imaging of minerals and biological species in soil using coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS), stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SRS), and two-photon excitation fluorescence.  You will also contribute to capabilities in laser-matter interaction science which includes research in laser-material processing, understanding laser induced damage of optical materials, and development of materials for high performance optical systems. This position is in the Laser Material Science group of the Materials Science Division. 
Essential Duties
- Conduct research in laser-matter interaction science, laser physics and nonlinear optics.
- Develop microscopy techniques for studying and characterizing minerals and biological species in soil.
- Perform measurements, analysis, and modification of optical systems.
- Engineer, construct, and modify optical apparatus for materials characterization.
- Analyze, report, and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences. 
- Coordinate activities of supporting technical personnel at LLNL.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed, high-impact scientific journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent Ph.D. Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Optics or related field.
- Experience in nonlinear microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, light-sheet microscopy or single molecule spectroscopy.
- Knowledge of optical properties of materials, especially minerals and biomolecules.
- Experience with fundamentals of laser-matter interactions, and with CW and pulsed (fs/ps) laser systems.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in using class 4 lasers, optics layout and engineering.
- Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++). 
- Experience in computer programming for instrumentation design and control (e.g. LabView, Zeemax).

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:  None required.


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.


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