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Polymer Chemist - Staff Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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We have an opening for a Polymer Chemist to conduct general to moderately complex experimental research in polymer formulation, characterization, application testing, and scale up. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers supporting experimental development of polymers used in cutting-edge laser systems, including the National Ignition Facility. This position is in the Optics & Target Materials group within the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Formulate and characterize designer polymers designed for laser and optical systems, including those requiring specific curing, outgassing, mechanical, refractive index, optical clarity, or laser damage performance.
  • Perform materials characterization including but not limited to physicothermal properties, rheometry, mechanical testing, and optical characterization.
  • Work with a process engineering team to scale up the synthesis of new materials and develop processes to integrate new materials into laser systems.
  • Serve as general chemistry resource for other researchers.
  • Keep accurate and detailed laboratory records; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research planning.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with moderate complexity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems and emerging challenges in polymer chemistry.
  • Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results including conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE X-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • BS degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in experimental polymer formulation chemistry and characterization.
  • Experience in a general, organic, and/or materials chemistry laboratory setting and knowledge of laboratory fundamentals and best practices.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate technical information effectively with technicians, peers, and managers.
  • Experience operating PC and/or Macintosh computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work both independently and in a collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians and other technical and administrative staff.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Ability as a creative experimentalist, and a diverse range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution related to polymer science.
  • Significant experience with and fundamental knowledge of organic synthesis and/or characterization of polymers.

Qualifications We Desire

  • MS or PhD degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory. Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above). If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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. An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form.

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite or At Will appointment. Only Laboratory employees with Career Indefinite or At Will status may apply for this position. If final candidate is an At Will employee, At Will status may be maintained based on funding considerations.

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Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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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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Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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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California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.


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We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

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We have an opening for a Polymer Chemist to conduct general to moderately complex experimental research in polymer formulation, characterization, application testing, and scale up. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers supporting experimental development of polymers used in cutting-edge laser systems, including the National Ignition Facility. This position is in the Optics & Target Materials group within the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Formulate and characterize designer polymers designed for laser and optical systems, including those requiring specific curing, outgassing, mechanical, refractive index, optical clarity, or laser damage performance.
  • Perform materials characterization including but not limited to physicothermal properties, rheometry, mechanical testing, and optical characterization.
  • Work with a process engineering team to scale up the synthesis of new materials and develop processes to integrate new materials into laser systems.
  • Serve as general chemistry resource for other researchers.
  • Keep accurate and detailed laboratory records; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research planning.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals and provide solutions to problems with moderate complexity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Participate in the conception and design of moderately complex to complex new experiments to execute research to address defined problems and emerging challenges in polymer chemistry.
  • Prepare written analyses, verbal briefings, and other products that capture and communicate research results including conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles.
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  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE X-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • BS degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in experimental polymer formulation chemistry and characterization.
  • Experience in a general, organic, and/or materials chemistry laboratory setting and knowledge of laboratory fundamentals and best practices.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate technical information effectively with technicians, peers, and managers.
  • Experience operating PC and/or Macintosh computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work both independently and in a collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians and other technical and administrative staff.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Ability as a creative experimentalist, and a diverse range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution related to polymer science.
  • Significant experience with and fundamental knowledge of organic synthesis and/or characterization of polymers.

Qualifications We Desire

  • MS or PhD degree in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field; or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Willingness to engage and contribute to our inclusive lab culture.

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