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High Pressure Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106782
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: February 14 2020

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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 multiple openings for postdoctoral researchers in the areas of fundamental and applied research in high-pressure, high-temperature materials science. You will work with a team of experienced physicists and engineers to design, execute, and analyze experiments using gas guns, explosively driven flyers, diamond anvil cells, lasers, x-ray facilities, and computational/numerical simulations. This position is part of the High Pressure Physics group ( in the Physics Division.

Essential Duties 
- Contribute to the design, execution, and analysis of studies materials properties under extreme pressure or temperature conditions. Potential research areas include, but are not limited to, the following topics: equations of state; heterogeneous materials; force propagation under high strain; phase transitions, reactions, and kinetics; strength and failure studies; and the synthesis, processing, and development of novel materials. 
- Participate in experiments conducted at off-site facilities.
- Develop and extend analytical and instrumental tools, including computer algorithms and experimental diagnostics.
- Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals.
- Present results at conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, geophysics, condensed matter, or a related field. 
- Experience with comprehensive data analysis, for example: curve fitting, non-linear fitting, numerical simulation, machine learning, spectroscopic or x-ray analysis; or writing code/scripts for data analysis and simulations;  or developing new models to understand material properties.
- Experience and innovation in a broad range of experimental design, methods, and analysis. 
- Ability to perform independent research and use a scientific approach to solve problems.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills (writing reports, peer-reviewed publications, and proposals).
- Initiative and interpersonal skills to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications 
- Experience using diamond anvil cells, presses, Hopkinson bars, drop towers, gas guns, or lasers to study materials under pressure; or experience working at beamlines/large facilities; 
- Experience with in-situ measurements, computer interfacing (e.g., LabView); familiarity with electronic instrumentation/circuits, such as oscilloscopes and triggering systems; experience with image processing/analysis or x-ray based diagnostics; or experience with time-resolved or spectrally-resolved measurements.

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 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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


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