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Materials Science, Corrosion Studies - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 06/11/2021

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Company Description

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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

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in experimental materials sciences with an emphasis on studying corrosion and oxidation of metal alloys. You will actively participate in the research to evaluate the corrosion kinetics in different environmental conditions and integrate experimental results to constrain theoretical corrosion models. This position is in the Metallurgy & Advanced Microscopy group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct fundamental and applied research on corrosion behavior of metal alloys and develop a capability to study atmospheric corrosion.
  • Design and perform experiments on electrochemical and oxidation behavior via various advanced characterization tools.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Pursue independent but 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; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics, or a related field.
  • Experience in experiment and hardware design for corrosion, electrochemistry and/or materials characterization.
  • Knowledge of analytical electrochemistry to study electrochemical interfaces.
  • Experience with spectroscopic/microscopic techniques, including vibrational spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
  • 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

  • Experience in designing and testing of atmospheric corrosion platforms.
  • Experience in performing failure analysis, including stress corrosion cracking, oxidation, fatigue, and other slow cracking mechanisms.
  • Knowledge of protective coatings for corrosion control.

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 a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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.  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.

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