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Metals Process Scientist - Materials Science Division

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 04/11/2024

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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

$132,810 - $170,556 Annually for the SES.2level 

$159,330 - $ 204,636 Annually for the SES.3level 

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

In this role you will

  • Conduct moderate to complex research and development related to the processing of metals and alloys, including actinide materials.
  • Model and perform simulations of multi-phase casting operations.
  • Participate in casting operations to fabricate complex experimental components.
  • Perform laser-welding and laser powder-bed fusion experiments on a variety of metal alloys using unique laser properties.
  • Characterize cast and additively manufactured materials across multiple length scales and interpret how those results influence material behavior and performance.
  • Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate results.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols, including adherence to safety and security protocols.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master’s degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of two or more of the following: materials science, solidification, phase transformations, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer.
  • Experience with materials characterization methods for structural materials (i.e., X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and/or optical microscopy).
  • Experience with elemental analysis of metallic samples (i.e., mass spectrometry, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry).
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
  • 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.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • PhD in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a related field.
  • Experience modeling processes involving fluid dynamics , heat transfer, and electromagnetic interactions using software such as ANSYS, COMSOL, Flow3D, ProCAST, etc.
  • Experience with process controls and software such as LabView or Factory Talk, along with data analysis using MATLAB, Python, etc.
  • Experience related to foundry and/or metals heat treatment operations.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience related to the operation of laser-based metal additive manufacturing equipment.
  • Experience troubleshooting and maintaining instruments.
  • Experience working in gloveboxes. Experience handling radioactive, pyrophoric, or other hazardous materials.

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.

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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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