Optical Fabrication - Postdoctoral Researcher

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Post Docs
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 106735
Job Code: Post-Dr Research Staff 1 (PDS.1)
Date Posted: February 06 2020

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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 Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in optical freeform fabrication R&D.  You will actively participate in research to design, conduct, and characterize experiments to understand the tool influence function as well as to fabricate novel, cutting edge freeform optic prototypes.  This position is in the NIF Optics and Targets Materials group of the Materials Science Division. 
 
Essential Duties
- Design and conduct grinding and polishing experiments to understand the chemical and mechanical interactions between a sub-aperture polishing or grinding tool, workpiece and the interface slurry.
- Utilize a broad range of standard and novel characterization and metrology tools to quantify the chemical and mechanical interactions.
- Perform computations to model various hypothesized chemical and mechanical interactions.
- Conduct detailed data analysis and compare with proposed model calculations.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems.
- 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.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications  
- Recent PhD in materials science, chemical engineering or a related field.
- Experience in materials processing preferably with optical grinding and polishing.
Knowledge and understanding of glass science.
- Experience in ceramics/materials processing techniques commonly used in these fields. 
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications 
- Experience using CNC grinding or polishing/grinding equipment.
- Experience with predictive modeling and computational tools such as Mathcad, Matlab, Mathematica, and COMSOL.

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:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

Note:   This is a two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD 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 $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 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.