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Nanotechnology and Microfabrication - Postdoctoral Researcher

Associate | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 05/08/2021

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

The Biosciences and Biotechnology Division (BBTD) of the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the nanotechnology and microfabrication area.  We are searching for a candidate with expertise in CVD synthesis and characterization of carbon nanomaterials (graphene, carbon nanotubes).   You will need to be very familiar with microfabrication processes in a clean room setting, vapor-phase deposition of polymers, metals and inorganic materials, and have experience with nanomaterial composite fabrication and nanostructure characterization by imaging techniques (AFM, TEM, and SEM) and spectroscopic methods (Raman, etc.).    In this position, you will be incorporating produced carbon nanomaterials into devices and membrane systems for separation and energy applications.   The selected candidate will report to the Bionanomaterials Group Leader.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research in the field of nanoscale materials synthesis, characterization, composite, and device fabrication.
  • Independently plan, design, and execute experiments for the growth of vertically aligned CNT arrays with well-defined geometry at small and large scale.
  • Contribute to the design, modeling, and analysis of laboratory experiments and to the execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook and maintain complete records of experiments.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and report and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel and participate in collaborative efforts with other national laboratories, academic institutions, and industry.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ESH&Q, Security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Write proposals, secure funding, and establish independent research projects.


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or related field with emphasis in Nanotechnology and Carbon-based materials
  • Experience with CVD growth of vertically aligned CNTs and characterization with spectroscopy (Raman) and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM, AFM)
  • Experience with thin film deposition, etching, lithography, and other microfabrication techniques
  • Experience in working in a clean room setting and with nanomaterial composite fabrication
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and analyze experimental results
  • Experience with LabView, MatLab, CAD
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience with graphene membrane fabrication and characterization and Atomic Layer Deposition and gas and liquid chromatography.
  • Experience with Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, TOF-SIMS, X-ray scattering
  • Experience with I-V device testing, Cyclic voltammetry, and Impedance spectroscopy

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

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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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