Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Chemist / Material Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105348
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: May 14 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 chemist/material scientist.  You will perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the area of actinide processing.  This position is in the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials Group in the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Conduct moderately complex to complex research in actinide processing and recovery.
- Independently develop moderately complex to complex methods for actinide synthesis and sample preparation.
- Become a fissile material handler and perform work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures.
- Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the development of actinide synthesis and processing to meet sponsor needs in appropriate national security areas.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level 
- Design and conduct advanced chemical synthesis and characterization of actinide samples.
- Conduct advanced research in the area of plutonium chemistry and materials science.
- Serve as the primary technical contact on plutonium process chemistry and recovery.

- BS in chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad understanding in basic chemistry of the lanthanides and actinides.
- Broad experience with radioactive materials and contamination control.
- Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
- Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment at LLNL.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Significant experience in actinide chemistry and processing.
- Significant experience in chemical and materials characterization.
- Advanced knowledge in contamination control and actinide material handling.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with chemical process design.
- Experience in material properties and characterization.

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 $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.