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Research Scientist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 08/24/2022

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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 who will conduct research in the analysis and interpretation of radiochemical data from nuclear explosions. You will work with a multi-disciplinary team to develop new capabilities for post-detonation nuclear forensics and stockpile stewardship.  This position is in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group within the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division and will support the Global Security (N Program) and Weapons and Complex Integration Directorates.

In this role you will 

  • Develop proficiency in the analysis and interpretation of radiochemical data from nuclear weapons, and conduct research to advance new capabilities for interpreting radiochemical data.
  • Design and participate in experiments to acquire data that will test new research concepts.
  • Work independently on complex technical tasks requiring in-depth data analysis and develop unique technical solutions.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers.
  • Communicate results to internal and external sponsors via written technical reports and oral presentations.
  • Write research proposals to gain new funding for projects from sponsors.
  • Travel occasionally to interact and collaborate with colleagues in conference/meeting or training settings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Geochemistry, or Nuclear Engineering, or the equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent analysis of technical problems involving complex data sets.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects, lead research teams, and coordinate large technical collaborations.
  • Significant experience with programming in Python (preferred), C/C++, Fortran, and/or other programming languages.
  • Ability to develop technical products and clearly convey complex technical information, as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature or equivalent classified research documents.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to integrate into a large team of people with diverse technical backgrounds.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working within the DOE complex.
  • Experience in radiochemistry, radioactive counting techniques, and/or analytical chemistry methods.
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods.

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

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 equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing candidates and employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value and hire a diverse workforce as it is a vital component of our culture and success. 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.

LLNL invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

At LLNL, 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 submit a request via our online form

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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