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Biological Materials for Structural Applications - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 04/21/2023

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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

$108,840 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 an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in casting and fabrication of biocompatible materials.  You will actively participate in the research to evaluate and cast biological or biocompatible materials, particularly with enzymatic solutions, fungal spores, microbes, and/or bio-concrete/biocompatible ceramic slurries. This position is in the High Performance Materials group of the Materials Science Division.

You will 

  • Conduct research in casting and biocompatibility of slurry, gel, or concrete compositions. 
  • Develop a biocompatible method to enable self-repair of existing concrete infrastructure by inorganic or biological mechanisms.
  • Design and perform experiments on gelation, curing chemistry, and long-term biological materials viability on cast samples.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
  • Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE/DoD communities and at academic conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or a related field.
  • Experience in biological materials, biocompatibility, and/or enzymatic/microbial activities
  • Knowledgeable of the concepts of gelation, colloidal chemistry, and/or casting (ceramic slurries, clays, concretes, or cements).
  • Ability to be an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques. and execution.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
    Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Broad experience in a variety of materials characterization and analytical chemistry techniques, such as tensile/flexural/compressional testing, rheometry, FTIR, EDS, Raman, NMR, DMA, DSC/TGA, or SEM.
  • Experience in concrete chemistry, testing, and/or modeling.
  • Experience with non-destructive evaluation of heterogenous materials using ultrasound, x-ray tomography, or microwave techniques.

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, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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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.) 

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. 

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