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Ion Implantation and Materials Science-Research Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 02/05/2022

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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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Materials Scientist to join the Ion Implantation team at the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (  You will play a leading role at the intersection of high-energy ion irradiation and materials science in support of LLNL’s challenging national security missions.  This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division and involves close collaboration with researchers in the Materials Science Division of the Physical and Life Science Directorate.

In this role you will:

  • Utilize high-voltage particle accelerators to conduct complex, ion-implantation experiments to emulate radiation damage effects in key materials related to nuclear weapons, fusion energy, and radiation detectors.
  • Conduct advanced research into the underlying mechanisms manifesting defect formation in novel materials (e.g., additively manufactured materials, chemically-complex metals and ceramics, etc.).
  • Design and implement novel methods, such as simultaneous multi-beam irradiation, for performing ion implantation coupled with in-situ characterization techniques.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, materials science, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience operating and maintaining high-voltage accelerators and related instrumentation (e.g., ion sources).
  • Significant experience writing proposals and executing projects as a Principal Investigator.
  • Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions, and produce significant accomplishments toward complex scientific and technical problems.
  • Significant experience working in a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds.
  • 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 /or experience presenting research results to a large audience.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience with materials characterization techniques particularly those that can be performed in-situ during ion beam irradiation.
  • Familiarity with computer models related to ion beams (e.g., charged particle optics, ion energy loss and range, etc.).

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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