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Metal Additive Manufacturing - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 06/11/2021

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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 in the area of metal additive manufacturing with emphasis on the development and understanding of process monitoring approaches.  An additional important aspect of the work will use in situ X-ray probes such as radiography and diffraction to materials behavior on ultrafast timescales.  You will contribute to Materials Science Division’s (MSD) capabilities in laser-matter interaction science, particularly in the context of laser-based manufacturing. Particular interest will be shown to candidates with experience in generating and analyzing large datasets (e. g. the ability to efficiently automate data analysis) and hands-on laboratory experimentation.  This position is in the Laser Material Interaction group of MSD.

In this role you will 

  • Provide advanced knowledge of laser-matter interaction science, process monitoring approaches, and materials characterization.
  • Develop and validate novel process monitoring approaches for metal additive manufacturing.
  • Design and perform complex experiments. Collect and analyze resulting multimodal datasets.
  • Conduct synchrotron X-ray experiments to probe laser-material interaction physics.
  • Analyze, report, and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Document research; publish papers in high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ph.D. Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets.
  • Experience using in situ process monitoring for manufacturing quality assurance.
  • Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++)
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff with the ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary research teams.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities in delivering presentations and preparing written reports.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with metal additive manufacturing, synchrotron X-ray experiments, or using class 4 lasers.
  • Experience with materials characterization methods for structural materials (i.e. X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and/or mechanical testing).
  • Familiarity with statistical learning.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 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

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