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Experimental Dynamic Compression - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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Pay Range

$108,840 Annually

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct experimental dynamic compression research with an emphasis on high-energy-density physics. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of experimental physicists, materials scientists, and theorists utilizing world class experimental research facilities to study the behavior of materials at extreme conditions. This position is in the Dynamic Multiscale Material Properties group, of the Physics Division within the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate.

You will 

  • Participate in the design and performance of a new class of experiments for the purpose of studying the physics of high-energy-density transport properties, phase transition kinetics and equations of state.
  • Develop and implement novel optical and X-ray diagnostics to understand the properties of HED materials and their behavior in hot or dense matter.
  • Function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Maintain professional and institutional visibility through participation in conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Work must be performed by a U.S. person (e.g., U.S. citizen or permanent resident and certain others). Also, assignments longer than 179 days require a federal background investigation.
  • PhD in Physics, Engineering or Quantitative field
  • Knowledge in one of the following areas: applied physics, high-energy-density physics, high-pressure physics, condensed matter, x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, optical or x-ray instrumentation, or laboratory astrophysics.
  • Accomplishments in experimental science.
  • Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions and produce significant accomplishments to scientific and technical problems.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations.
  • Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature and presenting research results to a large audience.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details.
  • Experience conducting experiments at light source user facilities, such as synchrotrons or X-ray free electron lasers.
  • Experience with designing, building and/or implementing diagnostics.
  • Experience with developing new experimental techniques and/or algorithms required to understand matter in new regimes.
  • Understanding of dynamic compression research.

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

None required.  However, this position involves U.S. Export Control; this work must be performed by a U.S. person (U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, U.S. national, or U.S. protected individual (e.g., refugee, asylee)).

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.

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