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Research Scientist - Analytical Chemist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Job ID: 103413
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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 Research Scientist to develop and execute high precision, advanced chemical analyses.  You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for advanced scientific and technical leadership in support of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and other national security programs. This position is in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division.
Essential Duties
- Design and perform complex experiments using advanced instrumentation, including mass spectrometry instruments, and/or other spectroscopic methods; continuously develop and refine the methodologies as needed.
- Maintain the QA/QC of the mass spectroscopy analyses using the certified and National Institute of Standards and Technology traceable gas standards.
- Ensure optimal performance of analysis instruments, including troubleshooting, scheduling regular maintenance and repairsfor minimizing downtime, and exploring new methods and designing novel experiments for the detection and quantification of required materials.
- Evaluate and authorize all new gas compositions for NIF and assure that required controls are implemented and changes are appropriately vetted.
- Prepare for tritium and other critical gas deliveries to NIF and provide timely analysis.
- Maintain comprehensive records and databases and prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
- 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.
- BS in quantitative chemical sciences such as Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Physical chemistry or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience working in quantitative chemical sciences.
- Advanced knowledge of associated chemical instrumentation (e.g., spectroscopy, Fourier-transform Infrared, Fluorometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc.).
- Ability to analyze and present complex multi-parameter data.
- Proven track-record developing meticulous protocols and delivering in a high consequence of error environment.
- Experience working within a scientific team as well as working independently.
- Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to communicate results of research, deliver presentations and prepare written reports.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.
Desired Qualifications
- MS or PhD in quantitative chemical sciences, such as Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry or Physical Chemistry or related field.
- Significant experience with mass spectrometry methods such as Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometery, Magnetic Sector MS etc.)
- Experience handling or working with hazardous materials such as tritium, beryllium, plutonium, and research experience with inorganic and/or reactive materials. 

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

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.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

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.