Laser Spectroscopy - Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: 17 days ago
Location: Livermore, CALIFORNIA

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The Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division (NACS) in the Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher. You will engage with a multi-disciplinary team on designing and carrying out experiments to investigate chemical processes and hydrodynamics in rapidly condensing plasmas using a variety of laser-based spectroscopic techniques. This position is in the Chemical and Isotopic Signatures group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

-  Participate in development and testing of new experimental methods to elucidate formation of molecular species and particles in condensing plasmas.
-  Explore high-temperature chemistry using a variety of laser-based spectroscopic techniques (e.g. Nd-YAG, tunable diode, quantum cascade, HeNe lasers) and other optical instruments (grating spectrometers, FTIR).
-  Perform and/or interpret compositional analyses of collected particulates from condensing plasmas using a range of analytical tools (e.g. SEM, TEM, SIMS).
-  Analyze and interpret experimental data and compare with model predictions.
-  Function as an independent researcher with a high-level of attention to detail.
-  Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals.
-  Maintain professional and institutional visibility through participation in conferences.
-  Perform other duties as assigned.

-  Recent PhD in physics, chemistry, engineering or related field.
-  Experience using computational modeling tools or programming languages to interpret complex datasets.
-  Experience developing and performing laboratory experiments using lasers and spectrometers to study chemical and physical processes at high temperatures (e.g. nanoparticle synthesis using plasmas, combustion reactions in flow reactors)
-  Programming experience in LabVIEW, JAVA, C++, or Python
-  Familiarity with spectroscopic techniques and spectral data interpretation (e.g. infrared absorption/transmission, Raman scattering, Mie Scattering, UV-VIS optical emission, laser induced florescence).
-  Experience interpreting data output from a range of analytical techniques (e.g. SEM, EDS, XRD).
-  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.
Desired Qualifications
-  Documented publication record in peer-reviewed literature

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 2 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years.  Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.

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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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