Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Energy Systems and Policy Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105634
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: July 12 2019

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

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 multiple openings for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join our multidisciplinary team of analysts supporting Laboratory programs such as Chemical/Biological/Explosives Security, Nuclear Threat Reduction, Intelligence Programs, and Energy/Infrastructure Security.  You will apply a combination of technical depth and breadth, critical thinking, modeling and simulation, and analysis to understand complex, multi-domain problem areas and provide decision insight, communicate options and trade-offs, and facilitate the integration of new technology in support of customer missions.  You will also have the freedom to explore your own research interests.  These positions are in the Computational Engineering Division (CED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Research, design, and implement solutions requiring analysis and creative use of innovation methods to complex problems by collaborating with scientists and researchers across a variety of technical disciplines.
- Create analytical frameworks and evaluate competing characteristics to determine solutions that most effectively meet stakeholder objectives.
- Develop, evaluate, and apply physical and computational simulation to gain insight into complex systems.
- Communicate complex technical concepts to stakeholders in a concise effective way.
- Document research by publishing papers and/or presenting within the sponsor community and at conferences.
- Contribute to research proposals, including proposal presentations and preparation of proposals that will provide future research opportunities in the field.
- Participate in the establishment of future research directions.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to define and carry out the research.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Engineering or Physical, Biological, or Computer Sciences, or a related field.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas: modeling and simulation, risk analysis, data analytics, chemical and biological security, explosives, intelligence analysis, cyber security, radiological and nuclear security, energy systems, and infrastructure protection.
- Experience applying analysis, modeling, and simulation tools to inform decision making and/or policy making.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications

- Experience programming in Python, C/C++, Java, R, or Matlab.
- Ability to manage multiple parallel tasks and priorities of customers and stakeholders to ensure deadlines are met.

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 either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the particular assignment.

If you are selected and a security clearance is required, 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.  L and Q-level clearances require 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.

If no security clearance is required, but 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.)

Note: This is a one 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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.