Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Kinetics - Research Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 104756
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: January 15 2019

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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 Research Scientist to conduct research to study fundamental mechanisms and kinetics to develop predictive, quantitative models of performance for a range of programs within LLNL, including advanced energy storage and conversion materials, energetics, and aging materials and systems.  You will actively participate and lead research to investigate the kinetics of phase transformations, degradation of materials in harsh environments, the effects of long-term chemical incompatibility, and fill understanding gaps in time dependent changes in material performance of both inorganic and organic materials in complex systems. This position is in the Materials Science Division.
Essential Duties 
Perform complex analysis of experimental data to extract relevant kinetic and thermodynamic parameters required for lifetime predictions, develop analytical techniques for studying reaction kinetics and aging in a variety of materials, and perform data analysis and use chemometrics to identify aging trends and anomalies.
Design and perform complex experiments using advanced instrumentation, including Raman spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy, and/or chromatographic methods (High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry).
Perform advanced research into decomposition, degradation, aging, outgassing, diffusion, sorption/desorption and thermal properties of energetic materials, polymers, organic and inorganic solids, and metals.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems related to materials relevant to national security missions.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols;ensure optimal performance of analytical instruments, including troubleshooting, scheduling regular maintenance and repairs, and exploring new methods and designing novel experiments for the detection and quantification of degradation mechanisms.
- Participate in existing Division collaborations and alliances with academia and industry as well as develop new collaborations.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in physical or analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field, 
or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in a variety of analytical techniques including Ultraviolet Visible Spectroscopy, Raman, chromatography, NMR, and mass spectrometry; ability to apply these tools to a wide variety of materials and problems. 
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience of the concepts of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, Monte Carlo simulations, and molecular dynamics simulations, and the ability to analyze data and develop models with mathematical lab codes (e.g., Matlab, Mathematica, or equivalent code).
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience designing, constructing, and maintaining one-of-a-kind equipment and analytical tools.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Record of accomplishments demonstrating scientific leadership, ability to establish an independent research program and to carry out world-class research. 
- Advanced decision-making skills necessary to independently solve problems plus the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations, provide advice to management, and prepare written reports, with an established record in peer-reviewed journals.

Desired Qualifications 
- Experience with analysis of polymeric materials. 
Experience designing and building analytical instruments. 
- Knowledge in kinetic modeling.

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 an At Will appointment.  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 $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.