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We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in additive manufacturing of glass and ceramics, including the development of new materials, innovative structures, and novel processing techniques. You will actively participate in research to design, manufacture, and characterize novel 3D printed glass and ceramic materials as well as to improve machines, tools, and software needed to enhance their performance. This position is in the Materials Engineering Division (MED) within the Engineering Directorate.
- Develop and modify 3D-printable glass forming inks or resins as well as the thermal and chemical processing techniques associated with glass formation.
- Operate complex hardware and systems to produce components, assemblies, systems. Modify and/or develop associated design, engineering, and scientific software as needed.
- Design and conduct experiments to study mass transport within and/or densification of multi-component glasses prepared via 3D printing.
- 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 scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
- Document research; produce supportive documentation; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related field.
- Understanding of mass transport, complex fluids and rheology.
- Experience in the application of predictive modeling and computational tools such as MATLAB, Mathematica, COMSOL, FLUENT to understanding material behavior.
- Experience in ceramics, porous materials, or polymer processing techniques, and characterization commonly used in these fields.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Effective initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
- Experience in chemical synthesis of sol-gels, functional nanomaterials, inorganic polymers, and/or metal/transition metal oxo-polymers.
- Experience using additive manufacturing technologies.
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 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.
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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.