Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nuclear and Chemical Sciences - Post College Appointee

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Students & Faculty
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105496
Job Code: Post College Appointee Ex (710.0)
Date Posted: June 10 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 Post College Appointee to perform emission spectroscopy on condensing plasmas and collect the resultant particulates for characterization by SEM/EDX, Raman, and various analytical techniques (e.g. mass spectrometry). This work will involve developing particulate collection techniques, finding, mapping, and documenting particles, analyzing them for compositional and/or isotopic variation.  This opportunity is in the Chemical and Isotopic Sciences group in the Nuclear and Chemicals Sciences (NACS) Division and will provide the experience to prepare you to successfully pursue advanced graduate studies.
Essential Duties
- Perform laser ablation on targets and collect particulates.
- Acquire and interpret spectra from laser ablation plumes.
- Aquire SEM/EDX, Raman, and mass spectrometry measurements on collected materials.
- Interact with NACS staff to perform these analyses for multiple sponsors.
- Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook to ensure results are properly annotated and organized for reports.
- Present formal and informal overviews of analytical process flow at group meetings.
- Interact with and support Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group members and the principal investigator on multiple projects.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, or related field (e.g. Geochemistry, Environmental Science).
- Experience with working in clean areas with a range of contamination-prone samples.
- Experience with Raman and SEM.
- Experience with laser ablation and spectroscopic techniques.
- Experience with critical data record-keeping in a laboratory environment.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment and to document and present research results.
Desired Qualifications
- Recent Master's degree in Physics, Chemistry, or related field (e.g. Geochemistry, Environmental Science).
- Experience with SEM/EDX analyses of particles.

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 one-year Post College Appointee with the possibility of extension to a maximum of two years.    Eligible candidates are recent graduates within two years of the month of their BS or MS degree at the time of the employment offer.

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.