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Chemist - High Explosives Application Facility (HEAF)

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 10/13/2021

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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

We have multiple openings for Chemists to work in the High Explosives Application Facility (HEAF) to address programmatic and research and development needs in energetic materials.  You will collaborate with principal investigators and scientific and technical staff in explosive research and programmatic/experimental activities for surveillance and aging studies, physical and chemical characterization, and detonation science. These positions are in the Energetic Materials Group of the Materials Science Division.

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 and characterization of high explosives.
  • Characterize the thermal properties of explosives using various techniques including differential scanning calorimetry, combustion calorimetry, and chemical reactivity testing.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work effectively with an experimental team under conflicting and rigorous deadlines.
  • Skilled in design and performance of experiments and using analytical chemistry equipment, including knowledge of safety rules and procedures.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Skilled in design and performance of experiments and using analytical chemistry equipment, including knowledge of safety rules and procedures.
  • Experience handling and knowledge of chemicals in laboratory settings.
  • High attentional to detail, careful, and methodical in their experimental work.
  • 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.

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

  • Knowledge of LLNL programs in energetic materials.
  • Knowledge of and use of commercial instrumentation software.
  • Knowledge of LLNL ES&H rules and regulations.

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 demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

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.

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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