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Applied Physicist

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Science & Engineering
Job ID: 101890
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have openings for Applied Physicists to work on modeling of Z-pinch plasmas, induction accelerator beams, compact source beams, and other technically challenging problems. You will travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers. This position is in the Fusion Energy Sciences Program (FESP) in the Physics Division.
Essential Duties
- Conduct advanced research and development in one or more of the following areas:  Z-pinch physics, induction accelerator beams, or compact sources.
- Design and conduct particle-in-cell simulations of fast Z-pinch plasmas and/or particle accelerator beams in the Large Scale Plasma (LSP) code and/or Hydra, and assist code developers with efforts to improve simulation performance.
- Prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results.
- Serve as a technical expert in formal and ad hoc groups assembled to address pressing accelerator and radiation source applications in National Security.
- Maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Plasma Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge in plasma modeling, using PIC codes, fluid codes, beam tracing codes, or beam envelope codes.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in one or more of the following areas:  plasma physics, induction linacs, compact sources, and pulsed power.
- Experience authoring technical and scientific reports and publications, and delivering scientific presentations.
- Experience performing independent research.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
- Ability to travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers to work on off-site experiments, and to present scientific research.
Desired Qualifications
- Operational experience with large linear induction accelerators, or experience working with other pulsed power technologies including spark gaps, thyratrons, ignitrons, and solid-state switches, capacitor banks and Marx generators, magnetic pulse compression, and pulse forming lines.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  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 listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite appointments. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions. This position is also listed as 101887 in the Engineering Directorate. 

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