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Target Fabrication - Research Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 05/03/2022

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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 multiple openings for Research / Staff Scientists to perform research and development in support of Laboratory missions. You will support and/or lead R&D activities in areas of plasma coatings and thin-film fabrication, materials processing, and characterization for the fabrication of complex articles called targets in support of experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at LLNL and other national security programs.  In this position, you will interact heavily with technical co-workers, supervisors, and customers, both internal and external to the Laboratory.  This position is in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division

These positions will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct moderately complex to complex experiments to deposit thin films and coatings by various physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques.
  • Metrologize films and coatings using a broad range of standard and advanced materials characterization and metrology tools.
  • Operate and maintain high-vacuum coating and deposition systems.
  • Develop appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions.
  • Contribute to the development of new film deposition processes.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Manage work activities in the Coatings laboratory that has over 10 deposition systems and 5-10 workers.  
  • Maintain production and R&D schedules and resolve scheduling conflicts by communicating and collaborating with the team of fabrication engineers and scientists.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Document research by writing internal reports, publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting results within the DOE community and at conferences.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.
  • Proficient communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment at LLNL.
  • Fundamental knowledge of material properties and thin-film deposition methods.
  • Experience with automated data acquisition and computer interfacing, familiarity with software such as Labview or Matlab.


Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Significant experience with vapor phase deposition technologies such as sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, etc. and/or in the development of novel physical vapor deposition processes, and in dimensional, structural, and compositional characterization of materials.
  • Significant experience performing independent work with technical objectives and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to manage and coordinate daily coating lab activities and effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information.


Qualifications We Desire

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with vacuum systems and the troubleshooting equipment malfunctions and maintenance of the associated system hardware.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment. Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position. If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.

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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