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Reaction Kinetics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/16/2024

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Pay Range

108,840 Annually 

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher with a strong background in spectroscopic analysis to conduct research on the fundamental properties underpinning the initiation and growth of corrosion at metal surfaces.  You will design and perform advanced analytical experiments to understand corrosion mechanisms in environmental conditions.  This position will support a multi-disciplinary team developing corrosion models and will report to the Actinide and Lanthanide Sciences Group of the Materials Science Division.

You will 

  • Perform fundamental and applied experimental work in the field of surface science.
  • Participate in understanding the fundamental surface and interface properties of corrosion using state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and techniques.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address complex 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.
  • Document and publish research in peer-reviewed journals and participate in domestic and international conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or closely related field.
  • Experience with X-ray diffraction, infrared or Raman spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, or similar spectroscopic techniques.
  • Experience combining multi-instrument data sets (e.g., XRD, IR, and SEM) to interpret complex research samples.
  • Experience with theory and modeling of surface chemical reaction mechanisms and kinetics.
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Experience performing self-directed research, presenting talks at conferences and a record of publishing results in established scientific journals.
  • Proficient written, verbal, and organizational skills necessary to effectively collaborate within small and large work groups.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience applying analytical surface science techniques (e.g., RAIRS, XPS, AES, or ToF-SIMS).
  • Experience with complex analysis of actinide compounds.
  • Experience with responses of materials in extreme environments, which can include irradiation, pressure, corrosion, or non-ambient temperatures.

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.

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