Design Physicist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Weapons and Complex Integ
Posting Requirement:  External DOE Q or Top Secret
Job ID: 104566
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3) / Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4)
Date Posted: November 14 2018
LLNL $1500 Referral Program Eligible

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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 openings for physicists with a background in nuclear weapon design applied to one or more of the following fields: nuclear counterterrorism, nuclear counter-proliferation, nuclear forensics, intelligence analysis, explosives and hydrodynamics, plasma physics, radiation transport, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Current activities in Weapons Complex Integration (WCI) include exploring means to assess weapon performance and safety without nuclear testing. You will be responsible for highly advanced computer-based design and analysis of experiments, which creatively explore the physics of nuclear explosives by coupling the above fields in an innovative manner. These positions is in the Design Physics Division supporting various projects within Global Security.
 
This position will be filled at either the SES.3 or SES.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
 
Essential Duties
- Design and provide analysis of complex experiments exploring the physics of nuclear explosives.
- Simulate weapons phenomena and perform weapons assessment and certification tasks using physical models in computer codes.
- Participate in the assessment of foreign nuclear weapon systems.
- Present and disseminate research results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed publications, in both open and classified environments, internal and external to LLNL.  Positively represent the Program and Laboratory demonstrating advanced verbal and written skills. Responsibilities may also include interacting with external stakeholders, both at NNSA and across the broader interagency, via offsite assignments.
- Develop expertise in interrelated fields of physics important to weapons assessment and certification.
- Lead independent work conducting applied physics research.  Lead and mentor staff as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Lead top quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.  Problem-solve and make decisions necessary to independently address challenging problems.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 
In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Assess the highly complex physics interactions that take place in a nuclear explosion.
- Design and provide in depth analysis of experiments exploring the physics of nuclear explosives.  Define and implement stockpile stewardship for specific weapons systems.
- Simulate weapons phenomena and perform highly advanced weapons assessment and certification tasks using physical models in computer codes.
 
Qualifications
- Master’s degree in physics, engineering, or related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience conducting applied physics research.
- Demonstrated record of completing outstanding research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.
- Significant experience with advanced computer-based design and analysis of experiments.
- Demonstrated aptitude for mastering new fields of physics; a record of creativity, physical insight, and breadth of understanding in advanced applications of complex physical processes.
- Significant experience in using advanced computational facilities for applied physics analysis.
- Advanced verbal and written communication and presentation skills necessary to author advanced technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations.
- Significant experience working effectively independently and in a multidisciplinary, team-research environment.  Demonstrated self-motivation and initiative in addressing challenging problems.
 
In Addition at the SES.4 Level
- Substantial experience presenting and disseminate highly advanced research results at scientific conferences and peer-reviewed publications, in open and classified environments, internal and external to LLNL.  Substantial experience communicating results of work with external sponsors.
- Substantial experience developing innovative methods to expand knowledge of interrelated fields of highly advanced physics important to weapons assessment and certification.
- Substantial experience setting specific strategies and/or directing multi-disciplinary teams to achieve program goals.
 
Desired Qualifications
- Demonstrated subject matter expert knowledgeable of highly advanced concepts to include experience and ability to lead independent work conducting applied physics research in one or more of the following fields: plasma physics, radiation transport, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and hydrodynamics.
- Significant experience with highly advanced computer-based design and analysis of highly complex experiments.
- Extensive experience at the expert level in the development of principles, theories, concepts, and techniques relevant to applied physics research.

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.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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 listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.