Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Materials Science / Engineer - Staff Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106776
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 1 (SES.1) / Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2)
Date Posted: February 13 2020

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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 an opening for a Materials Scientist/Engineer to support research activities associated with the development and deployment of optics used in laser systems including the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and other high power laser systems.  As part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will conduct experiments, help develop and implement chemical processes, and perform surface and materials characterization on projects that aim to advance the next generation of technology in optical materials fabrication, processing, and finishing.  This position is in the Laser Materials Science Interactions group within the Materials Science Division.
This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Conduct wet-chemistry laboratory experiments, including activities such as etching, slurry preparation, bonding, thermal processing, and grinding & polishing.
- Identify necessary supplies; measure optical and material properties; operate and trouble-shoot laboratory instruments and equipment and provide solutions to problems with limited complexity.
- Perform wet etching and chemical processing of optics in a clean room environment.
- Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research and project planning.
- Provide technical support to engineers and scientists in research and development projects.
- Develop, define and prepare operating procedures while maintaining laboratory safety standards.
- Prepare progress reports and presentations to supervisor/mentor and project teams.
- Serve as a key team member in cutting-edge optics research and development.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.2 Level
- Provide engineering solutions or independent technical analysis to resolve moderately complex to complex technical issues.
- Select methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to obtain results based on analysis of multiple factors.
- Collaborate on the development of technology in optical materials fabrication; perform research guided by multiple primary investigators.
- BS in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Materials Engineering or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience performing wet-chemistry processes or experiments in a general chemistry laboratory, industrial, or cleanroom setting.
- Experience performing optical or materials characterizations.
- Understanding of laboratory fundamentals and best practices.
- Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
- Organizational skills to maintain a safe laboratory and to keep datasets managed and accessible.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to document research results.
- Fundamental interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively at a collaborative research environment as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
In Addition, at the SES.2 Level
- MS in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad experience identifying, defining, and executing multi-disciplinary experiments or solving multi-disciplinary problems in a timely, cost effective manner.
- Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory operations or chemical/material process development and the ability to meet schedule deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with wet etch processes, thermal processing, and clean room protocols and associated equipment.
- Familiarity with optical fabrication or Chemical Mechanical Planarization processing, and characterization techniques, and associated equipment.
- Familiarity with materials and surface characterization tools (white light interferometry, indentation, particle size measurement, optical microscopy, profilometry, scanning electron microscopy).

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 $2.3 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.