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Materials Science - Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to implement innovative experimental characterization and theoretical analysis of features formed during the production and atmospheric aging of actinide materials. You will support a multi-disciplinary team developing new forensics signatures of nuclear materials. This position will be in the Actinides and Lanthanides group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research characterizing nuclear materials to determine microstructure, chemical distribution, and morphology and their dependence on process and aging parameters
  • Participate in understanding the fundamental processes of materials aging using state-of-the-art surface and bulk analysis instrumentation and techniques.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Pursue independent, 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.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
  • Document and publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship.

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or related field.

  • Experience applying materials characterization techniques (e.g., XPS, SEM/EDS/EBSD, XRD, TEM) to address research questions.
  • Innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature and proficient at presenting at seminars and technical meetings.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects.
  • Proficient written, verbal, and organizational skills necessary to effectively collaborate within small and large work groups.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience combining multi-instrument data sets to interpret complex research samples
  • Experience with synchrotron characterization techniques

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a 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.

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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. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.

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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.

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If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form.

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We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to implement innovative experimental characterization and theoretical analysis of features formed during the production and atmospheric aging of actinide materials. You will support a multi-disciplinary team developing new forensics signatures of nuclear materials. This position will be in the Actinides and Lanthanides group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research characterizing nuclear materials to determine microstructure, chemical distribution, and morphology and their dependence on process and aging parameters
  • Participate in understanding the fundamental processes of materials aging using state-of-the-art surface and bulk analysis instrumentation and techniques.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Pursue independent, 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.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.
  • Document and publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. Citizenship.

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or related field.

  • Experience applying materials characterization techniques (e.g., XPS, SEM/EDS/EBSD, XRD, TEM) to address research questions.
  • Innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature and proficient at presenting at seminars and technical meetings.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects.
  • Proficient written, verbal, and organizational skills necessary to effectively collaborate within small and large work groups.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications we desire

  • Experience combining multi-instrument data sets to interpret complex research samples
  • Experience with synchrotron characterization techniques

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Posted: 2022-02-08 Expires: 2022-06-09

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