Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Noble Gas Mass Spectrometry

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Post Docs
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement: External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 102710
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 01 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 an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to apply noble gas mass spectrometry to nuclear forensics research. You will develop and pursue innovative research in noble gas measurements of geologic samples and nuclear materials, and will have the opportunity to participate in on-going cosmochemistry research funded by NASA. This position in in the Environmental Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.
Essential Duties
- Develop and pursue innovative research in analysis of noble gases.
- Maintain and repair ultra-high vacuum processing line components and interact with hardware and software vendors.
- Present results at seminars, technical meetings, and national and international conferences.
- Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in geochemistry, nuclear engineering, or a related field.
- Experience measuring noble gas isotope ratios and abundances by mass spectrometry.
- Experience with noble gas purification and spiking methods for mass spectrometry.
- Experience using noble gas isotope variations to address problems in geochemistry, nuclear engineering, or a related field.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Publication record in refereed journals.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in MATLAB, Java, C++, and/or SQL databases.

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 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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


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