Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

High Density Materials - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107534
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 22 2020

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We have multiple openings for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will work on the relationship between microstructure and dynamic response (structure, EOS, constitutive properties, and transport properties) of High Energy Density (HED) materials using X-ray Free-Electron Lasers (XFELs) and laser-driven compression techniques.  This position is in the HED Physics Section of the Physics Division.
Essential Duties
- Participate in the design, execution, and analysis of experiments for the purpose of studying the physics of HED matter.
- Conceive, plan, and write proposals for novel experiments.
- Function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to detail.
- Function as a collegial team member freely sharing knowledge, information, analysis and techniques.
- Develop and implement new models and computer algorithms to understand the properties of HED materials and their behavior.
- Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Maintain professional and institutional visibility through participation in conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in physics or related field.
- Knowledge in applied physics, HED physics, high-pressure physics, condensed matter, geophysics, x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray instrumentation, or laboratory astrophysics.
- Accomplishments in experimental science.
- Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions and produce significant accomplishments to scientific and technical problems.
- Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations.
 - Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature and presenting research results to a large audience.
 - Ability to perform classified work once a security clearance is obtained.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with developing new experimental techniques and/or algorithms required to understand matter in new regimes.
- Understanding of condensed matter and/or high energy density (HED) physics.

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.

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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.


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