Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nonproliferation and Neutrino Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105421
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: May 24 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 to pursue fundamental and applied nuclear science using large-scale antineutrino detectors. You will play a major role in the design, construction, and operation of a kiloton-scale gadolinium-doped water Cherenkov detector known as WATCHMAN, the Water Cherenkov Monitor for Antineutrinos. This position is in the Rare Event Detection group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.
Essential Duties
- Assist with design studies of the detector, including the effects of Photo Multiplier Tube coverage, fiducial volume definition, Gd-doping levels, and other parameters.
- Assist with simulations and analysis of the sensitivity of the WATCHMAN detector.
- Take regular trips to the detector installation site in the UK during the detector deployment phase.
- Oversee deployment and analysis work performed by graduate students. 
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
-  Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in astroparticle physics, nuclear engineering, or a related field.
- Experience designing, assembling, and running physics experiments.
- Experience with data analysis and interpretation.
- Ability to work independently on technical tasks, exert influence on technical objectives, provide analyses, and develop unique technical solutions.
- Ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary research teams. 
- Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills.

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.