Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Applied Physicist/Engineer

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Science & Engineering
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement: External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 102498
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: July 06 2017

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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/Engineers to work on modeling of Z-pinch plasmas, compact sources, and other technically challenging problems. You will travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers; opportunities exist for collaborations with the Fusion Energy Sciences Program. These positions are in the Fusion Energy Sciences Program (FESP) in the Physics Division.
Essential Duties
- Conduct advanced research and development in Z-pinch physics or compact sources.
- Design and conduct particle-in-cell simulations of fast Z-pinch plasmas and/or particle 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.
- Participate as a technical expert in formal and ad hoc groups assembled to address pressing accelerator and radiation source issues 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 particle-in-cell 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, compact sources, and pulsed power.
- Experience authoring technical and scientific reports and publications, and delivering scientific presentations.
- Ability to perform 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, work on off-site experiments, and to present scientific research.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with 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.

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.  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 position is also listed as 102482 in the Engineering Directorate. 

This listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.

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