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Inertial Confinement Fusion Physicist

Associate | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/11/2022

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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 multiple openings for Inertial Confinement Fusion Physicists to become part of the team working on the grand-challenge of achieving thermonuclear ignition on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). This research requires working closely with individuals from other disciplines, such as laser experimentalists, laser scientists, target fabrication specialists and NIF Project scientists and engineers, as well as other target designers and theorists.  These positions are in the Design Physics Division within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.

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

  • Plan, analyze and interpret NIF laser experiments in support of the effort to achieve ignition on NIF principally with large computer codes, but also with analytic modeling.
  • Perform computational and theoretical analyses that extrapolate our current understanding of ignition related physics to NIF and beyond.
  • Successfully work as part of an interdisciplinary team on ICF project activities.
  • Present research results in scientific meetings, peer reviews, and publications. Responsibilities may also include interacting with external stakeholders, both at NNSA and across the broader interagency, via offsite assignments.
  • Promote and support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional responsibilities at the SES.3 Level

  • Independently develop and/or provide in depth analysis of NIF laser experiments in support of the effort to achieve ignition on NIF principally with large computer codes, but also with analytic modeling where complex problems may not be well defined.
  • Work as technical expert on multidisciplinary team.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in physics or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of plasma physics, hydrodynamics, or astrophysics.
  • Experience in computational modeling of complex systems.
  • Experience developing creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a high quality, polished product in a timely manner.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by a record of publications, invited papers, or teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively in an interdisciplinary team of scientists as well as independently.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 Level

  • Advanced knowledge of physics, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, or astrophysics or a related field.
  • Experience leading and mentoring as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated record of completing and/or leading top quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with the use of large two and three-dimensional computer codes.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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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