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Materials Science/Mechanics Postdoctoral Research Staff

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106044
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: September 09 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 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers in the area of Materials Science and Mechanics.  You will work under the guidance of staff members to work on the development of constitutive models and execute large-scale, multi-physics finite element calculations for projects that support national security programs. These activities would support and complement experimental activities centered on the dynamic compression response of bulk solids (metals, ceramics, and polymers) as well as heterogeneous materials such as composites, foams, and lattice structures. These positions are in the Materials Engineering Division (MED), within the Engineering Directorate.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research and development under general guidance of staff scientists, in areas such as finite element analysis, constitutive law development, computational design of experiments and multi-physics hydrocode simulations.
- Conduct, analyze, and present data from calculations. Make comparisons with complementary experiments.
- Determine solutions to technical problems by reviewing scientific and technical literature and simulation methodologies as well as designing and executing experiments to support research.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to LLNL.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical papers and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings both domestically and internationally.
- Collaborate with scientists, engineers, and technicians to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Physics or a related field.
- Advanced knowledge and expertise in one of the disciplines within materials science and engineering combined with mechanics.
- Experience developing independent research projects, including peer-reviewed publication record commensurate with graduate level research activities.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, document analyses and prepare, present and explain technical information and publications.
- Strong initiative, interpersonal skills, creativity, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with theoretical or numerical development of constitutive models.
- Experience working on problems related to shock compression of condensed matter.
- Experience with finite element calculations.
- Familiarity with modern programming languages and version tracking software.

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.