Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Experimental Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105279
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: May 02 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of fundamental and applied research in experimental high-pressure science. An experimentalist is needed with a background in physics, materials science, chemistry at extreme conditions with emphasis on static high pressure. This position is in the High Pressure Physics Group, Condensed Matter Section of the Physics Division.
Essential Duties
- Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems in the area of phase transitions in materials (metals & molecular systems) at extreme pressure and temperature conditions.
- Develop and conduct table-top experiments using optical and laser spectroscopies, x-ray scattering (including diffraction, inelastic scattering, imaging and tomography), electric transport and magnetic studies of materials.
- Participate in the High Pressure Physics Group’s ongoing experiments conducted at off-site facilities.
- Present formal and informal overview of research progress at weekly meetings.
- Analyze, report, and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
- Publish research results in external peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry or related scientific field.
- Experience with diamond anvil cell experiments (cell preparation, sample loading, data collection, data analysis, interpretation)
- Experience with in-situ measurements (e.g., optical spectroscopies, x-ray diffraction, x-ray imaging) of samples under extreme conditions
- Experience with comprehensive analysis of data including but not limited to curve fitting and non-linear fitting routines, and application to large volumes of experimental data.
- Experience and familiarity using electronic instrumentation, e.g., oscilloscopes, function generators, lock-in amplifiers, basic electronic circuits, and instrument and computer interfacing.
- Experience utilizing a scientific approach to problem solving.
- Documented publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills and ability to work effectively independently, as well as in a team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working at national user facilities.
- Experience working in a U.S. government laboratory setting.

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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


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