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Nuclear Diagnostics - Scientific Researcher

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 11/01/2021

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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 openings for Nuclear Diagnostics Staff Researchers to lead new efforts to develop new diagnostics and perform analysis from both future and past experiments.  You will provide scientific leadership for new capabilities and requirements at pulsed power and future facilities within the NNSA complex. Current diagnostic developments include a multi-axis neutron time-of-flight system, a time integrated and time resolved neutron imaging system, and a solid debris radchem diagnostic.  This effort is in an exciting growth phase, with many opportunities for career development in the national security domain.   You will have the opportunity to work on the development efforts above, or on analysis of exiting data based on expertise and interest.  This position is the Fusion Energy Sciences Program (FESP) National Security Applied Plasmas Group in the Physics Division. 

In this role you will 

  • Design, develop, test and implement improvements for existing and planned particle diagnostics and implement techniques and sources for calibration measurements.
  • Research, design and execute nuclear based experiments at the Z-machine.
  • Design, field, and coordinate the development of nuclear diagnostics.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, and publications for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Coordinate with engineers, technicians and people from different groups to plan and execute experimental campaigns.
  • Pursue independent, but complementary, research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, internally and externally to the laboratory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • PhD in Plasma Physics, Hydrodynamics, Shock Physics, Spectroscopy, Condensed Matter, related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced experience in experimental physics in laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, high energy density physics, nuclear diagnostic instrumentation, applied physics, plasma diagnostics.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: neutron imaging, particle time-of-flight, nuclear activation, and nuclear radiochemistry.
  • Significant analytical and experimental skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Advanced initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to perform independent research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience developing, calibrating and fielding nuclear diagnostics and associated analysis techniques.
  • Experience with electron optics and/or pulsed electronics
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

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.

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.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

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