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Process Chemist (Site 300)

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | tracy, CA | 04/15/2021

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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 Process Chemist to work in the areas of explosives synthesis, formulations, manufacturing and processing. You will collaborate with principal investigators and scientific and technical staff in explosives research and programmatic/experimental activities for surveillance and aging studies, physical and chemical characterization, and detonation science to address programmatic and research and development needs in energetic materials. This position is in the Energetic Materials Group of the Materials Science Division in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) 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 

  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers and technical personnel to provide scientific support to various programmatic tasks and explosives research efforts with emphasis on chemistry, manufacturing, and processing of high explosives and special explosives parts.
  • Perform operations with chemistry processing systems including grinding, sieving, melt casting, vacuum casting, injection molding, mixing, slurry coating, pressing and synthesis, and fulfill duties such as room responsibilities for work cells and bays.
  • Contribute to aging and compatibility work by preparing assemblies containing explosives, polymers, and metals, performing gas-extraction, recording results, and communicating with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Acquire, analyze, interpret data, and report results on projects involving processing of explosives.
  • Provide solutions to fundamental problems of limited complexity related to processing of explosives.
  • Conduct, coordinate, and document procedures and peer reviews.
  • Perform work as an LLNL Explosives Handler, and routinely work hands-on with energetic materials of all types.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Provide chemistry knowledge to resolve technical and programmatic issues.
  • Perform independent technical tasks to provide solutions for a diverse range of moderate to complex issues.
  • Select methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to obtain results based on analysis of multiple, largely identifiable factors. 

Qualifications

  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s (BS) degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Environmental Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding of chemistry and materials science and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.
  • Ability to work effectively with an experimental team under conflicting and rigorous deadlines.
  • Skill in design and performance of experiments, including knowledge of safety rules and procedures.
  • Experience handling and knowledge of chemicals in laboratory settings.
  • Willingness to routinely work with explosives and obtaining and maintaining required qualification as an Explosives Handler.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis in a safe and controlled manner, climb a ladder, and wear a respirator as needed.
     

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Master’s (MS) degree in Chemistry, Materials Science or Environmental Technology, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of chemistry and material science.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with explosive formulation and processing, including grinding, sieving, melt casting, vacuum casting, injection molding, and formulation and pressing of plastic bonded explosives.
  • Experience with fabrication of large explosive parts.
  • Knowledge of LLNL programs in energetic materials or LLNL ES&H rules and regulations. 

Additional Information

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.

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

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.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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