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Research Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 06/24/2022

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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 Research Scientist with expertise in adaptive optics (AO) and astronomical research utilizing AO systems. You will assist in the fielding of an adaptive optics system to an astronomical telescope. This position is in the Physics Division of the Physical and Life sciences Directorate.

In this role you will

  • Construct, operate, and perform performance analysis of adaptive optics testbeds.
  • Perform opto-mechanical alignment of adaptive optics systems.
  • Contribute to other AO-related tasks and efforts.
  • Conduct self-initiated research utilizing astronomical AO systems, maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas, publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. 

  • Collaborate with other scientists and technical personnel to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics or Astronomy with emphasis on adaptive optics or related field or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Significant experience with adaptive optics techniques, instrumentation, operation, and familiarity with AO telemetry.
  • Significant experience with the operation and performance of optical instrumentation.
  • Significant experience working on a research team with individuals from diverse technical backgrounds, as well as function as an independent researcher with a high level of attention to details.
  • Significant experience contributing to and actively participating in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Advanced 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 technical reports.

Qualifications we desire

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Experience with adaptive optics system numerical simulation tools such as LAOS/TAOS and/or atmospheric light propagation tools such as PROPER.
  • Significant experience with astronomical observations and installing optical instrumentation on astronomical telescopes.
  • Experience in programming languages such as C++ or scripting languages such as IDL.
  • Experience designing opto-mechanical systems with tools such as ZEMAX.

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

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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

None required.  However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)  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.

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