Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Polymer Chemist- Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 104972
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: March 05 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 highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in all aspects of novel self-healing materials synthesis and characterization. You will use chemistry tuning for different operating environments, mechanical property testing, composite formulation and processing, design of nanoporous materials and functional devices, and characterization of in-operando performance recovery. This position is in the Bio Nanomaterials group within the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.

Essential Duties

  • Conduct fundamental research in the areas of design, synthesis, and chemo-physical characterization of self-healing polymers, elastomers, and composites of thereof
  • Independently establish solutions leading to materials which meet desired scientific specifications or process requirements.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Prepare written analyses and verbal briefings, and present research results at national and international conferences as well as periodic progress reports.
  • Prepare detailed monthly progress reports to support project needs and deadlines.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel and communicate research progress to team members through presentations and internal reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related field with emphasis in polymer chemistry
  • Experience with self-healing polymer synthesis and characterization.
  • Experience in tailoring chemistry to performance requirements.
  • Experience with nanocomposite fabrication.
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deliver presentations, prepare written reports and to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.
  • Ability to travel, as necessary, to interact with sponsors, customers and collaborators.
    Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with chemical and physical analytical techniques (i.e., Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Gas and Liquid Chromatography, Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectroscopy, Raman, Rheology, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, Tensile Testing, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy).
  • Experience with processing various polymers from monomer and oligomers.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.