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Physicist / System Engineer Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  NIF and Photon Science
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 105618
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: July 18 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a physicist / system engineer Postdoctoral Researcher to participate in research, development and modeling of advanced solid-state laser technology in support of the world class laser fusion driver in the National Ignition facility (NIF). This position offers the unique opportunity to conduct experiments on NIF in order to advance laser performance to meet emerging experimental needs. The position is in the Beamline Integrated Performance Group within the Laser Science and Technology & Systems Engineering Program of the NIF & Photon Science Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Perform system level analysis and modeling of NIF laser to assess impact of sub-system performance on overall system performance and identify areas of improvement.
- Plan and conduct measurements to characterize NIF laser sub-system performance and feed result into system level model.
- Plan, execute and interpret experiments to advance the performance of the NIF laser.
- Collaborate with laboratory scientists and engineers to develop concept, carry out design and field advanced laser components or laser diagnostics on NIF.
- Support NIF laser operation by analyzing and trending laser performance data to ensure that NIF laser meets and maintains its performance specification.
- Work with users of NIF facility to deliver desired NIF laser performance while maintaining machine safety.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of researchers internally and externally.
- Work within a dynamic team environment to document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present results within the Department of Energy (DOE) community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Laser Physics, Applied Physics, General Physics, Optics or Optoelectronics, or related field or discipline
- Knowledge of and experience with system level modeling of complex laser systems.
- Experience with experimental physics in one or more of the following areas: solid state laser physics and technology, femtosecond and picosecond short pulse generation and amplification, nonlinear optical frequency conversion, optical sensors and laser diagnostics.
- Experience analyzing and trending complex data.
- Experience developing independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a multi-disciplinary research team, author technical and scientific reports and papers, and deliver scientific presentations.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience working in a large-scale experimental facility.

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: None required. 


However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)


Note:   This is a one 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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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.