Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



X-Ray Imaging Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 106120
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 25 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 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to be responsible for conducting and supporting experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and will be involved in the development of new x-ray imaging microscopes to image and radiograph the imploded core of Inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. You will become part of the    X-ray Diagnostics and Measurement Science (imaging) group, interacting with other physicists in NIF, the Physics Division of PLS, the NIF facility, management, other postdocs and sponsors across and outside the laboratory. This position is in the Physics Division.

Essential Duties
- Design and field advanced x-ray imaging microscopes for NIF, interacting with diagnostic experts and leads.
- Participate in the design and performance of experiments and conduct new experiments for the purpose of studying the physics of high temperature, high density plasmas and radiative processes.
- Participate in and develop calibration and analysis techniques for x-ray imaging diagnostics
- Develop and implement new models and computer algorithms to understand diagnostic characteristics
- Develop and use analytical models to describe and understand HED and ICF experiments
- Present work at relevant conferences and publish work in peer reviewed journals
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
- Recent PhD in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, spectroscopy, condensed matter, related field or discipline. 
- Experience in experimental physics in laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, high energy density physics, x-ray instrumentation, applied physics, plasma diagnostics, x-ray spectroscopy or similar area.
- Comprehensive analytical and experimental skills.
- Experience with computer programing or data analysis techniques.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a diverse team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment. 
- Ability to perform independent research.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with crystal design, alignment or calibration for a crystal radiography / self-emission imaging system.
- Experience with X-ray optics, Zone plates or coded aperture imaging.
- Experience with source reconstruction. 

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:  None required.

 

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 $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.