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Applied Physicist/Engineer - Accelerator

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 03/04/2021

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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 an Applied Physicist/Engineer - Accelerator with an emphasis on accelerator technology. You will execute a variety of complex accelerator-based experiments with a focus on design, optics, diagnostics, simulations, induction, and other technically challenging problems. You will travel as necessary to interact with sponsors and customers. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Develop and assess accelerator designs and diagnostics, provide analysis and solutions to complex problems assigned.
  • Serve as a technical contact on a multidisciplinary team to guide analysis activities and assist in the design of accelerator-based experiments.
  • Prepare regular progress reports, written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results.
  • Maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
  • Travel as necessary to interact with collaborators, sponsors and customers and conduct experiments.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of personal and facility safety in performing tests and experiments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Independently develop and assess accelerator designs and diagnostics, provide advanced analysis and solution to complex problems that may not be well defined.
  • Assist in creating a broad project vision and strategy and influence technical direction for self and others.
  • Serve as the primary contact to guide activities of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad experience in and comprehensive knowledge of accelerator physics or related field such as diagnostics, pulsed power, vacuum engineering, etc.
  • Broad experience leading research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.
  • Experience working effectively and independently in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented research environment.  
  • Ability to exhibit self-motivation and initiative in addressing challenging problems.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations and provide advice to management.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Advanced knowledge in accelerator physics, diagnostics, or related field to derive solutions to complex problems through technical work.
  • Ability to lead independent work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to large multi-lab audiences. management, and write proficiently to inform collaborators and non-technical individuals.

Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD degree in physics, engineering, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in analysis of accelerator experiments and beam diagnostics.
  • Experience simulating accelerator performance.

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

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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