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High Pressure Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 02/06/2022

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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 Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in laser-driven dynamic compression of condensed materials employing velocimetry and x-ray diffraction/imaging as in situ probes of material properties. You will contribute to experiments to understand the dynamic response of materials (crystal structure, equation-of-state, constitutive properties, and transport properties) using in-house tabletop experiments and large‑scale world-class laser facilities (such as the National Ignition Facility and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics). This position is in the Materials Dynamics and Kinetics group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will 

  • Participate in the design, execution, and analysis of experiments for the purpose of studying the structure/chemistry/physics of dynamically compressed energetic materials.
  • Conceive, plan, and write proposals for novel experiments.
  • Coordinate efforts of the synthesis, part production, characterization, and transport of target materials.
  • Function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Work as a collegial team member; freely share knowledge, information, analysis and techniques.
  • Direct and participate in ongoing experiments conducted at off-site facilities.
  • Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Maintain professional and institutional visibility through participation in 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 Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or related field.
  • Experience with in-situ measurements (e.g., optical or x-ray spectroscopies, x-ray diffraction or imaging).
  • Knowledge in applied physics, high-pressure physics, condensed matter, geophysics, x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray instrumentation, chemistry of energetic materials, or laboratory astrophysics.
  • Ability to perform independent research, find innovative solutions and produce significant accomplishments to scientific and technical problems.
  • Experience working as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to detail and as a member of 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.
  • Experience presenting research results to a large audience.
  • Ability to become an explosives handler.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with laser-driven dynamic compression, energetic materials (explosives), or high‑pressure high‑temperature regimes.
  • Experience using simulation methods, hydrodynamics codes.
  • Experience with computer programming with an emphasis on developing custom analytical routines.
  • Experience with developing new experimental techniques and/or computer algorithms.
  • Comprehensive understanding of condensed matter and/or high energy density (HED) physics.

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.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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.

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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