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Nuclear Structure and Reaction Theory - 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 at the intersection of nuclear structure and reaction theory. You will actively participate in the development of an integrated structure and low-energy reaction theory for stable and exotic nuclei. Your collaboration will contribute in an important way to the successful implementation of a Laboratory-funded project integrating structure and reaction theory. This position is in the Nuclear Data and Theory group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research in low-energy nuclear structure and reaction theory for both stable and exotic nuclei.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the development and implementation of an integrated structure and reaction theory framework for stable and exotic nuclei.
  • Design and carry out applications demonstrating the new framework.
  • Collaborate with the Nuclear Data and Theory group and with external researchers.
  • Pursue independent research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to LLNL.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of experimental proposals, in close collaboration with experimentalists.
  • Document research; report research results via publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.                



  • PhD in theoretical physics or related field.
  • Experience in theoretical nuclear physics, applied to low-energy nuclear structure and/or nuclear reaction phenomena.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Contribute to proposal submissions within the Nuclear Data and Theory group.
  • Experience developing computer software for theoretical physics problems.
  • Experience in Fortran, C, C++, or equivalent computer programming languages.
  • Ability to perform independent research and find innovative solutions to scientific and technical problems.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively present and explain results of scientific research in presentations at seminars, meetings and journal publications.                                    

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with research concerning the integration of nuclear structure and reaction theory.
  • Familiarity with quantum many-body methods and techniques applied to nuclear physics.
  • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and experience presenting research results at conferences and/or invited seminars.

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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