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Materials Research Scientist

Associate | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/15/2023

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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.

Pay Range
$123,960.00  - $166,992.00  Annually for the SES.2 level
$148,650.00  - $200,328.00  Annually for the SES.3 level
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Materials Research Scientist to perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the area of actinide science and powder metallurgy.  You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in actinide chemistry and materials science.  This position is in the Actinides and Lanthanide Science 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, and processing in an inert atmosphere glovebox.
  • Handle hazardous, flammable, and radiological materials
  • Perform laboratory work with minimal supervision.
  • Communicate research and process development results in meetings, presentations, or documents.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the development of the hydride-dehydride process to meet sponsor needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Conduct advanced research and development on process parameters effect on powder microstructure and mechanical properties.
  • Characterize and analyze data of the process powders. (e.g. SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA, PSD, ICP-MS or similar techniques).
  • Document results in technical reports and scientific publications, and present results at scientific conferences for stakeholders, program managers, or the public.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience with standard data analysis techniques.
  • Experience with powder characterization techniques (e.g. SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA, PSD, mass spectroscopy).
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs regularly.
  • Ability to perform work in a respirator and coveralls.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment at LLNL.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
  • Significant experience in x-ray diffraction, inert gas fusion techniques, or mass spectroscopy.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written reports, explain technical information, and provide advice to management.


Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.
  • Experience in hydrogen corrosion and hydride-dehydride processes.
  • Experience in hazardous materials handling such as air-sensitive or radioactive materials.
  • Experience in metallurgy, metal processing, and elemental analysis.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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