Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Applied Materials Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 106452
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: December 03 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 conduct research in applied material science and energy and play a major role in conceiving of new composite materials, developing ideas into useful materials, and producing the materials at scale for end users. You will have extensive collaboration with physicists and engineers engaged in device design, fundamental scientific measurements, and energy-related studies (Laboratory for Energy Applications for the Future (LEAF)). This position is in the High Performance Materials group within the Materials Science Division.
Essential Duties
- Formulate, synthesize, and characterize polymer and composite materials.
- Apply structure-property relationships to produce new materials with advanced properties.
- Perform chemical operations on both organic and inorganic materials.
- Evaluate and troubleshoot mechanical failure mechanisms in polymer composite materials.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Document and analyze data, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and disseminate key results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: polymer science, polymer chemistry, composite material mechanics, fiber-reinforced composite synthesis.
- Knowledgeable of the concepts of interfacial shear strength, mechanical testing, thermal analysis.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with nanofibers, nanotubes, and other nanomaterials.
- Experience in electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, tensile, flexural, single fiber fragmentation test (SFFT), lap shear test, adhesion tests.
- Experience in AutoCad, SolidWorks, processing and manufacturing (i.e. compression, extrusion, injection molding).

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.