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Materials and Chemical Staff Scientist

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 03/17/2023

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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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$123,960 - $166,992 Annually

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 openings for Materials and Chemical Staff Scientists to conduct a full range of moderate to complex research in the areas of tritium programs within Superblock Facilities. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in support of nuclear materials programs and other national security programs. These positions are in the Plutonium Science and Technology group within the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct moderately complex to complex research in tritium processing, material and chemical analyses, and/or chemical process design and testing.
  • Actively participate in the focused research programs centered on hydrogen isotopes and/or nuclear materials programs, including handling and analysis of hazardous materials such as tritium, beryllium, and uranium.
  • Actively participate in the development of methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria to design, build, maintain, or modify specialized equipment/instrumentation in nuclear facilities.
  • Perform hands-on work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures within a nuclear facility environment.
  • Perform work in a small-team environment, with extensive cross-disciplinary interactions amongst colleagues, other teams, facility operations, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Nuclear Engineering, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad laboratory experience including chemical and material processing and analysis.
  • Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
  • 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.
  • Proficient interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Ability and willingness to obtain and maintain tritium handler certification (LLNL will provide training for this certification to successful candidates)

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of and experience working with hydrogen isotopes within a highly regulated environment.
  • Experience in process controls and operations for high throughput experiments (e.g., chemical separation processes, gas mix, or vacuum system operations, etc.).
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

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

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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