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Additive Manufacturing Postdoctoral Research Staff Member

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 02/06/2022

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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 looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member to conduct research and development in the direct ink write additive manufacturing of carbon fiber materials. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of software engineers, materials scientists, structural engineers, and chemists 1) applying existing and new additive manufacturing techniques and simulation methodologies to enhance the fundamental understanding of process-structure-property-performance interactions and 2) accelerating the qualification of additively manufactured materials and components. This position is in the Computational Engineering Division (CED) within the Engineering Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Develop software to generate CNC machining code (G-code toolpaths) from CAD models using advanced geometry algorithms.
  • Generate software that is able to parse CNC machining code, simulate the dynamics of the printing process and visualize the simulation.
  • Perform finite element simulations of the fabricated components to study their performance prior to printing.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists and engineers within and external to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, and machinists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Publish research results in peer reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
  • Experience in object-oriented programming for data analysis (e.g., Python, Matlab, C/C++).
  • Experience in generating and parsing additive manufacturing toolpaths code (G-code).
  • Experience with surface and volume mesh generation, e.g., STL files, CAD surface and volumetric data bases, computer graphics.
  • Experience developing independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of or experience in CNC toolpath generation for additive manufacturing.
  • Knowledge of or experience in advanced algorithms for geometry manipulation.
  • Knowledge of or experience in level set methods.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 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

None required.  However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)  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.

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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