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Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing of Materials - Staff Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | 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 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 Staff Scientist to conduct a full range of general to moderately complex research in the advanced engineering and manufacturing of materials for uses in harsh service conditions and extreme environments. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in design, synthesis, characterization, processing and/or integration of ceramics, metals and composite materials. This position is in the High Performance Materials group in 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

  • Perform powder handling, mixing, blending, milling, cleaning and processing. Create, cast, print powder suspensions, slurries and inks. Sinter ceramics bodies at elevated pressures and/or temperatures.
  • Characterize the microstructure, chemical composition, thermal and mechanical properties of materials. Evaluate their performance in corrosive environments and at elevated temperatures.
  • Interact with a wide spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory to enhance the applications of ceramic and composite materials.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with limited complexity.
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research and project planning.
  • Document research and provide results for presentation within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems within the scope of LLNL interests.
  • Design and perform procedures to tailor the performance of various material systems: powder feedstocks, suspensions, or composites.
  • Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • BS degree in materials science or engineering, ceramics, chemistry, physics or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge and practical experience operating, maintaining, data-logging a variety of laboratory equipment for materials processing such as ovens, furnaces, hydraulic presses, vacuum or pressurized gas systems, chemical fume hoods or glove-boxes.
  • Experience identifying and recommending solutions to fundamental problems using initiative and creativity.
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication as reflected by effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • The willingness and ability to work independently, and to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams as required to reach research goals.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Experience working with ceramic or composite fabrication techniques such as milling, casting, sintering in vacuum furnaces, hot-presses, autoclaves.
  • Experience or knowledge in a variety of advanced and additive manufacturing techniques.
  • Experience performing hazardous work with reactive or nano- materials and performing experiments in corrosive or high-temperature environments.

Qualifications We Desire

  • MS degree in materials science or engineering, ceramics, chemistry, physics or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • A proven interest in pushing ceramic or composite materials to the forefront of advanced engineering whether for traditional or additive manufacturing.
  • Willingness and ability to provide data for proposals to gain funding for either feasibility or long-term studies.
  • Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment. Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position. If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.

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

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, 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.  Q-level 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.

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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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