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Design Physics Division Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 10/17/2023

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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 looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Pay Range

$107,820 - $121,680 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 multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers in the Design Physics Division.  We invite PhD graduates from a variety of STEM fields to apply for one of our Postdoctoral Research Appointments. This opportunity is intended for individuals who have finished their PhD and wish to further develop their skills, knowledge, and/or abilities. These positions are in the Design Physics Division within the Strategic Deterrence Directorate. 

Our postdoc positions are atypical — we select highly qualified candidates based on demonstrated research aptitude and then customize the project assignment to fit their abilities and interests as well as our needs. Recent projects have involved: 

  • Physics of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF)  
  • Turbulence and fluid instabilities 
  • Atomistic and continuum models of transport 
  • Planetary defense (asteroid deflection and impact modeling) 
  • Diagnostic development 
  • Computational solid and fluid dynamics 
  • Chemical physics 
  • Nuclear physics 
  • Particle and radiation transport algorithm development 
  • Artificial intelligence and uncertainty quantification 

You will 

  • Conduct research in a topical area using theory, experiment, and/or simulation tools. 
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory. 
  • Develop new tools, algorithms, and/or design new experiments to further our scientific understanding. 
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. 
  • Support plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the program. 
  • Perform other tasks as assigned. 


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship. 
  • PhD degree in a relevant Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) or related discipline. 
  • Research experience which demonstrates both detailed understanding and a broad perspective in one or more of the following: experimental science, numerical modeling, or the application of theoretical methods. 
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in the workplace.  

Qualifications We Desire 

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-research environment.  
  • Aptitude for developing innovative solutions to scientific problems in applied research. 
  • Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to present and explain technical information. 
  • Ability to travel to attend conferences and meetings, subject to negotiation. 

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?

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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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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