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Detonation Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 04/19/2021

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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 perform scientific research in a National Laboratory setting using various experimental and numerical techniques to measure and characterize the detonation performance of energetic materials. Work will be conducted in the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) and, occasionally, in other experimental facilities at LLNL and various DOE user facilities. You will engage with a multi-disciplinary team involved in a wide range of research topics. This position is in the Materials Performance team within the Energetic Materials Group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Design and execute advanced experiments to measure the detonation properties of energetic materials.
  • Apply physics-based analytical methods to gain insights into experimental data.
  • Communicate experimental results to modelers/analysts and integrate data with modeling.
  • Pursue independent, complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering or related fields.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment to perform complex experiments.
  • Ability to assimilate and interpret data by application of advanced analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work with energetic materials.
  • Ability to become a qualified explosives handler.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in 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. 

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge/background in shock/detonation physics.
  • Experience with advanced experimental diagnostics.
  • Familiarity with hydrodynamic simulations and basic programming skills (e.g., Python, MATLAB, etc.)

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

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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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