Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Detonation Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107421
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 31 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 perform scientific research in a National Laboratory setting using various experimental and numerical techniques to measure and characterize the detonation performance of energetic materials. Work will be conducted in the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) and, occasionally, in other experimental facilities at LLNL and various DOE user facilities. You will engage with a multi-disciplinary team involved in a wide range of research topics. This position is in the Materials Performance team within the Energetic Materials Group of the Materials Science Division.

 Essential Duties
- Design and execute advanced experiments to measure the detonation properties of energetic materials.
- Apply physics-based analytical methods to gain insights into experimental data.
- Communicate experimental results to modelers/analysts and integrate data with modeling.
- Pursue independent, complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
- Document research; write and publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community, at working group meetings, and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering or related fields.
- Ability to work in a laboratory environment to perform complex experiments.
- Ability to assimilate and interpret data by application of advanced analysis techniques.
- Knowledge of and ability to work with energetic materials.
- Ability to become a qualified explosives handler.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
 Desired Qualifications
- Knowledge/background in shock/detonation physics.
- Experience with advanced experimental diagnostics.
- Familiarity with hydrodynamic simulations and basic programming skills (e.g., Python, MATLAB, etc.)

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.

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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.