Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nuclear Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106168
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: October 08 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 an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to play a major role in development of novel physics platforms and radiochemical techniques for the study of nuclear reactions using high energy density laser facilities. You will develop techniques for measuring radioactive isotopes produced during high-energy-density plasma experiments and contribute to a larger effort towards studying nuclear physics in plasma environments. This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

Essential Duties
- Develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at high-energy laser facilities.
- Develop novel experimental methods for inducing nuclear reactions in plasma environments.
- Perform fission product analysis from sample collections and associated fission product yield data analysis and interpretation.
- Provide input to nuclear theorists on how to model experimental data.
- Interact with laser scientists to design methods for heating samples.
- Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, radiochemistry, plasma physics, or related field.
- Experience with laboratory instrumentation and associated software controls and designing, assembling, and running nuclear science or high-energy-density plasma experiments.
- Ability to develop experimental methods, separation techniques, and analysis approaches needed to collect and isolate radioactive isotopes produced at accelerator facilities.
- Experience with charged-particle, gamma-ray, or neutron detectors and radiation counting and their associated data analyses.
- Experience in experimental science to help solve a variety of programmatic challenges in national security, with experience in data analysis and interpretation.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.

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 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.