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Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Membrane Science

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Job ID: 103378
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member to work in the area of membrane science and technology. This position is in the Biosecurity and Bionanosciences group in the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division.
Essential Duties
- Conduct research in the field of nanoscale materials synthesis, nanocomposite and porous membrane fabrication and characterization.
- Design, implement, and analyze experiments for the characterization of gas and liquid transport properties of nanostructured membranes.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment and other national laboratories and industry to accomplish research goals. 
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or related field, with emphasis in Membrane Science and Technology.
- Experience with one or more of the following areas: membrane characterization for breathability and gas/vapor separation applications, including permeability and selectivity studies, pore size distribution determination, and imaging techniques (SEM, TEM).  
- Experience with nanocomposite membrane fabrication and surface modification/ functionalization, as well as assembly on porous supports/backing layers.
- Experience with phase-inversion or related techniques for porous support fabrication.
- Ability to understand and analyze transport experiments and nanocomposite fabrication processes.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with carbon-nanotube/polymer composite membrane fabrication and vapor-phase polymer deposition techniques.
- Experience in synthetic chemistry and/or surface modification, fabrics design for protective clothing, and experimental equipment design/development.
- Experience with LabView.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level:  None.


Note:   This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.