Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Quantum Imaging - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 107340
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: July 27 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 postdoctoral researcher in the area of quantum-optics and laser physics with emphasis on the generation and application of quantum-entangled photons.  An important aspect of the work involves developing a new high yield entangled photon source for a biophysics/microscopy related project.  You will contribute to Material Science Division’s (MSD) capabilities in laser-matter interaction science in which the development of novel, high sensitivity microscopy capabilities play a critical role. Particular interest will be shown to candidates with experience in generating entangled photon pairs and hands-on laboratory experimentation (e.g. ability to configure automated experiments for efficient data collection).  This position is in the Laser Material Interaction group of MSD.

Essential Duties
- Provide knowledge in quantum optics, laser-matter interaction science, and microscopy.
- Develop laser-based approaches for studying biological materials.
- Perform measurements, analysis, and modification of optical systems.
- Engineer, construct, and modify optical apparatus for biomaterials characterization.
- Analyze, report, and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- 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 high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Ph.D. Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.
- Experience in and knowledge of laser technology and optics.
- Experience in optical imaging, including quantum imaging.
- Experience with fundamentals of non-linear optical interactions.
- Experience with CW and pulsed (fast/ultrafast) laser systems.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff with the ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary research teams.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in using class 4 lasers, optics layout and engineering, biological imaging, quantum imaging.
- Experience in wavelength, time or spatial  multiplexing schemes.
- Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++) and with computer software for instrumentation design and control (e.g. LabView, Zemax).

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.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


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 $2.3 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.