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X-Ray Diagnostics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/18/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct and support experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and to develop new x-ray imaging techniques to provide improved emission and radiography measurements of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. Your work will include analysis of x-ray imaging data, development and support of x-ray imaging platforms on the NIF, and developing procedures for alignment, fielding and calibration of NIF imagers. Experience with x-ray diagnotics based on doubly-bent crystals is desireable. You will become part of the X-ray Diagnostics and Measurement Science (imaging) group, interacting with other physicists in NIF, the Physics Division of PLS, the NIF facility, management, other postdocs and sponsors across and outside the laboratory. This position is in the Physics Division.

In this role you will 

  • Design and field advanced x-ray imaging microscopes for NIF, interacting with diagnostic experts and leads.
  • Participate in the design and performance of experiments and conduct new experiments for the purpose of studying the physics of high temperature, high density plasmas and radiative processes.
  • Participate in and develop calibration and analysis techniques for x-ray imaging diagnostics.
  • Develop and implement new models and computer algorithms to analyze imaging data.
  • Develop and use analytical models to describe and understand HED and ICF experiments.
  • Present work at relevant conferences and publish work in peer reviewed journals
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • PhD in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, spectroscopy, condensed matter, x-ray optics, or related field or discipline. 
  • Experience in experimental physics in x-ray instrumentation, plasma diagnostics, x-ray spectroscopy, laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, high energy density physics, applied physics, or similar area.
  • Comprehensive analytical and experimental skills.
  • Experience with computer programing in Python, Matlab, IDL, or similar data analysis techniques.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a diverse team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment. 
  • Ability to perform independent research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with x-ray diagnostics based on doubly-bent crystals (e.g. imaging, spectroscopy), and alignment or calibration of crystal optics.
  • Experience with X-ray optics, Zone plates, or coded aperture imaging.
  • Experience with radiography or generation of x-ray sources.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

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LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  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.  An L or Q 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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