Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Synthesis Chemist Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107543
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 18 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 specialize in the synthesis of new energetic compounds and precursors. You will be part of a team of chemists and engineers investigating the synthesis, formulation and testing of new energetic compounds. This position is in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration Group in the Materials Science Division.
- Generate novel approaches to the design and synthesis of new energetic compounds.
- Design, implement, analyze and resolve generic synthetic problems and establish solutions leading to materials which meet desired scientific specifications or programmatic needs. This includes analytical/separation procedures (normal and reverse phase HPLC, etc.) and spectroscopy (NMR, IR, UV, GC/MS).
- Become a qualified explosives handler.
- 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 Synthetic Organic Chemistry or related field.
- Solid background in the synthesis, purification, and characterization of new compounds.
- Experience with analytical techniques (NMR, IR, UV, HPLC, GC/MS).
- Broad-based knowledge in synthetic organic chemistry.
- Experience in nitration chemistry and the synthesis of functionalized heterocyles.
- Ability to effectively perform independent research.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in well-written published papers with a recent record of peer reviewed pubications, and 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.
- Experience working with energetic compounds, including pyrotechnics, explosives or propellants.
- Experience in nitration, oxidation, and polymerization chemistry.
- Experience with microwave synthesis, and photochemical synthesis. Experience with recrystallization.

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.