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Materials Scientist

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Science & Engineering
Job ID: 102027
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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 Materials Scientist to participate in projects aimed at the development of novel advanced functional materials in support of the Laboratory’s missions, with emphasis in one or more of the following areas: polymer processing, block-copolymer characterization, nanomaterial assemblies, architectured materials and surface sciences.  You will actively support and be expected to participate in the design, synthesis, characterization, processing and integration of functional materials.  This position is in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration group in the Materials Science Division.
Essential Duties
- Process block-copolymers through self-assembly and shear aligning to create nanostructured patterns.
- Perform moderately complex to complex analysis of samples using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).
- Review scientific and technical literature to prepare for experiments.
- Maintain accurate and detailed laboratory records to ensure results are properly annotated and organized for reports. 
- Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results and present research findings to sponsors and consumers.
- Contribute as an effective team member, and present informal progress reports to mentors and research team on a regular basis.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- BS in chemistry, materials science, physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience with block copolymers, nanomaterials, material science, surface chemistry, and synthetic chemistry.
- Broad experience in solution based synthesis of nanomaterials.
- Experience in SEM.
- Experience in AFM analysis.
- Experience in general chemistry laboratory settings.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
- Proficient interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- MS in chemistry, materials science, physics, or related field.
- Significant experience in SEM.
- Significant experience in AFM. 

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

Anticipated Clearance Level:  Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 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.