Post Doctoral Research Staff Member - Optical Fiber Laser Group

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  NIF and Photon Science
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105963
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: August 14 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 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in the Optical Fiber Laser Group to participate in the research and development of fiber-based lasers and sensors.  Preferred candidates will have hands-on experience with high power diode-pumped lasers, extensive experience in engineering or physics laboratories, and must have an advanced degree in physics, electrical engineering, optics, chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field.  You will team with other members of the Fiber Group to design, develop, and test advanced fibers and fiber-based lasers, in support of DOE and DOD-based missions.  This position falls within the DOD Technologies Program (DODT) of the NIF and Photon Science Directorate. 

Essential Duties
- Plan and execute laboratory experiments to advance understanding of high-power fiber-based lasers.
- Team with LLNL scientists to design, build, and test novel fibers for lasers and sensors.
- Prepare and conduct technical presentations for internal and external audiences.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of researchers internally and externally.
- Coordinate resources, plan experimental campaigns, document research, publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results, working within a dynamic team.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Laser Physics, Applied Physics, General Physics, or Optics and Optoelectronics, or related field or discipline.
- Experience in conducting laboratory experiments in one or more of the following areas: laser spectroscopy, optoelectronic devices, semiconductor lasers, light emitting diodes, nonlinear optics, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, diode-pumped fiber lasers, imaging or non-imaging optics.
- Knowledge of and experience with semiconductor device physics, computational physics, laser science and optics, and/or basic statistics as it applies to the design of experiments and data analysis
- Experience planning experimental campaigns.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a multi-disciplinary research team, author technical and scientific reports, publications, and papers, and deliver scientific presentations.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with laser sources, with emphasis on optical fiber-based lasers.
- Physically able to work at LLNL's fiber fabrication facility, which sometimes requires climbing several flights of stairs several times per hour.

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.

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.