Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Formulation Chemist - Staff Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107781
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: November 13 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 highly motivated Staff Scientist / Scientific Researcher to conduct research in all aspects of energetic materials formulations, including: energetic polymer composites, mixing, casting, novel methods for any of the aforementioned operations, polymer development, thermal and mechanical properties characterization, and novel formulations for conventional and additively manufactured fabrication processes. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting experiments to enable innovative technologies in high explosives manufacture and processing, as well as developing a deeper understanding of explosive chemistry and detonation phenomenon. This position is in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration group of the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties 
- Conduct moderately complex to complex research in the areas of design, synthesis, and characterization of energetic material components and formulations.
- Participate in the design and development of new explosive formulations for a variety of applications directed by multiple investigators.
- Independently analyze and resolve formulation problems and establish solutions leading to materials which meet desired scientific specifications or programmatic needs.
- Perform research guided by multiple primary investigators.
- Track and maintain careful documentation of experimental results.
- Communicate research progress to team members through presentations, and internal reports.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Provide advanced scientific/technical expertise and guidance in the field of formulation science.
- Develop and guide advanced focused research programs for various formulation techniques.
- Represent the organization and the program to both internal and external sponsors to actively promote focused research areas in formulation science.

- BS, or MS in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials, polymer, pharmaceutical, food, or cosmetic science, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad laboratory experience in one of the above fields.
- Broad understanding of basic materials characterization and synthesis.
- Experience performing and/or designing experiments and documenting results.
- Ability to work independently on defined research projects, as well as a member of a team.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment at LLNL.
- Willingness to train and become qualified to handle high explosives.
In addition, at the SES.3 Level
- PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials, polymer, pharmaceutical, food, or cosmetic science, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in formulation development.
- Significant experience conducting research with limited direction.
Desired Qualifications 
- Experience with a variety of laboratory scale mixing and formulation methods, e.g. blade high-shear, LabRAM, speed-mixer, slurry coating, extrusion and injection loading and experience characterizing material properties such as viscosity, molecular weight, and glass transition temperature.
- Experience with chemical and physical analytical techniques (i.e., Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Fourier Transform-Infrared, particle size analysis, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area, rheology, mechanical properties testing, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy), and in formulations based research.
- Experience working with hazardous materials and/or energetic compounds, including pyrotechnics, explosives or propellants, and in processing various polymers from monomer and oligomers.

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 an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

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.