Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Laser Physics and Materials

Location: Livermore, CA
Category: Post Docs
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement: External Posting
Job ID: 102609
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 08 2017

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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 Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of laser physics, laser materials processing and material science with emphasis on laser-matter interactions in metals and metals-based additive manufacturing.  You will actively participate in developing new methods to study and create additive manufacturing technologies, particularly through the use of novel optical systems development and contribute to capabilities in laser-matter interaction science which includes the development of materials for high performance optical systems (e.g., petawatt laser systems).  This position is in the Optical Materials and Target Science Group of the Materials Science Division.
 
Essential Duties
- Conduct research in laser-matter interaction science, laser-materials processing and related microscale characterization.
- Develop laser-based approaches for studying and processing materials.
- Perform measurements, analysis, and modification of optical systems.
- Engineer, construct, and modify optical apparatus for materials characterization.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at national and international conferences.
- 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.
- Coordinate activities of supporting technical personnel at LLNL.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications
- Recent PhD in Physics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related field.
- Experience in laser technology and optics, and fundamentals of laser-matter interactions.
- Knowledge of thermal and optical properties of materials, e.g., metal alloys, wide gap semiconductors and VisNIR optical materials.
- Experience with continuous wave (CW) and pulsed (fast/ultrafast) laser systems.
- Experience in laser processing and hands-on laboratory experimentation (e.g., ability to configure automated experiments for efficient data collection). 
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
 
Desired Qualifications
- Experience in using class 4 lasers, optics layout and engineering.
- Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g., Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++), and programming for instrumentation design and control (e.g., LabView, Zeemax).
- Demonstrated mathematical background and knowledge of optical transport theory.

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

Security Clearance:  None required.

 

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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.