Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Radiative Properties - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106335
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: November 06 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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have openings for Postdoctoral Researchers who will perform frontier research in the design and execution of experiments in several of the following areas:  plasma physics, atomic physics, radiative properties of hot, dense matter, laser-matter interactions or astrophysics. There is an emphasis on the use of x-ray spectroscopy to understand these systems.  The selected candidates will routinely interact with professional colleagues in the Joint High Energy Density Science and Technology Division (JHEDS) within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) and National Ignition Facility and Photon Sciences (NIF) Divisions, academia, management, and sponsors across and outside the Laboratory. These positions will report to the Group Leader for the Radiative Properties Group in JHEDS Section of the Physics Division of PLS.

Essential Duties
- Guide and conduct x-ray and laser driven physics experimental campaigns on HED facilities (NIF, Omega, Jupiter Laser Facility).
- Design, develop, calibrate, and deploy x-ray spectrometers and x-ray spectroscopic techniques for the purpose of studying the physics of high-temperature plasmas and radiative processes.
- Guide the design and performance of experiments and conduct new experiments.
- Conduct research on atomic physics, radiative properties of hot, dense matter, inertial confinement fusion, high energy density physics, x-ray source development or laboratory astrophysics.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physics, plasma physics, atomic physics, spectroscopy, or related field
- Experience in developing and calibrating diagnostics, and data analysis with careful attention to details.
- Experience with experimental spectroscopy including calibration, instrument design and fielding, data analysis.
- Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions and produce significant accomplishments to complex scientific and technical problems.
- Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations.
- Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature and /or experience presenting research results to a large audience.
 Desired Qualifications
- Experience with computer programming.
- Experience with x-ray sources or lasers, and time-resolved optical and x-ray detectors,
- Experience with analyzing spectra and images.

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 those who have been awarded a PhD 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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