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Kinetics - Research Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 106447
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 2 (SES.2) / Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: November 27 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 an opening for a Research Scientist to study fundamental mechanisms and kinetics to develop predictive, quantitative models of performance for a range of programs within LLNL, including advanced energy storage and conversion materials, energetics, and aging materials and systems. You will actively participate and lead research to investigate the kinetics of phase transformations, degradation of materials in harsh environments, the effects of short and long-term chemical incompatibility, and fill understanding gaps in time dependent changes in material performance of both inorganic and organic materials in complex systems. This position is in the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties 
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems related to materials relevant to national security missions.
- Utilize analytical and/or mechanical-testing techniques for studying and informing reaction kinetics and aging in a variety of materials, perform moderately complex to complex analysis of experimental data to extract kinetic and thermodynamic parameters required for lifetime predictions, and perform advanced analysis using chemometrics on complex data sets to extract relevant information including identifying trends and anomalies.
- Design and perform moderately complex to complex experiments using advanced instrumentation and techniques including molecular spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectroscopy, chemical separations (high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography), and/or mechanical material assessments (compression, tensile, sheer).
- Participate in and support the development of instrumentation, design experiments, and execute test methodologies.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols; ensure optimal performance of analytical and/or mechanical test instruments, including troubleshooting, scheduling regular maintenance and repairs; explore new methods and design novel experiments for the detection and quantification of degradation mechanisms.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Prepare written analyses, reports and presentations; verbal briefings and other products that capture and communicate research results.
- Present research findings to sponsors and consumers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In addition at the SES.3 level
- Develop analytical techniques for studying reaction kinetics and perform advanced research into decomposition, degradation, aging, outgassing, diffusion, sorption/desorption and thermal and mechanical properties of energetic materials, polymers, organic and inorganic solids and metals.
- Collaborate in the development of innovative methods/technology and incremental advancement of knowledge to meet research goals and national security missions.
- Document research, develop proposals, publish papers in peer-review journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.

- BS in physical or analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Knowledge of and experience in several of the following techniques including molecular spectroscopy, chemical separations, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, wet chemistry analyses and mechanical assessments.
- Experience in processing data in a programming language (e.g., Matlab, Mathematica, R, Python, or equivalent code) and analyzing results.
- Experience designing, constructing, calibrating and maintaining equipment and analytical and/or mechanical assessment tools.
- Experience in laboratory experimental planning, design and execution.
- Decision-making skills necessary to independently solve problems plus the ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists and engineers, prepare written analyses, reports and presentations, and deliver oral presentations.
In addition at the SES.3 Level
- PhD in physical or analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Significant experience as an innovative experimentalist with advanced knowledge in applying analytical techniques and analyzing data and interpreting results across a wide variety of materials and problems.
- Advanced knowledge of and significant experience in any of the following concepts including thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, Monte Carlo simulations, molecular dynamics simulations, and kinetics modeling plus a record of peer-review publications.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with the analysis and characterization of polymeric and/or energetic materials. 
- Experience in developing kinetic models.
- Record of accomplishments demonstrating scientific leadership and the ability to establish an independent research program and to carry out world-class research.

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 an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

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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