Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Applied Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107392
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 27 2020

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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 Postdoctoral Researcher to study two-fluid plasma relaxation with internal ion flow and magnetic field measurements, and other technically challenging problems.  This position is in the Applied Plasma for National Security Group in the Fusion Energy Sciences Program within the Physics Division.  

Essential Duties
- Commission and field internal plasma particle flux probe.
- Design laboratory plasma experiments to study turbulent relaxation and self-organization of magnetized plasmas.
- Design and conduct multi-week experimental campaigns at the Madison Symmetric Torus (MST) in the Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory (WiPPL).
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Pursue independent but complementary research to the groups interests and interact with exceptional scientists both internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas. 
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. 
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice and policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in physics, electrical engineering or a related field.
- Research background in plasma physics or electrodynamics.
- Experience conducting laboratory experiments.
- Experience writing software to develop plasma modeling tools and with data analysis programming language, such as IDL, Python, or MATLAB.
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, and/or meetings.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
- Experience developing research proposals.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with plasma diagnostics.
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability with two-fluid plasma models or measurements.
- Demonstrated knowledge and ability with turbulent plasma relaxation processes.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is a two 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.