Job Title/Classification: Science and Engineering. PDS.1
We have openings for Postdoctoral Experimental Physicists to execute experiments, develop unique diagnostics and diagnostic techniques, and lead frontier research in the areas of ICF and HED physics, laboratory astrophysics, plasma physics, high intensity laser-matter interactions, nuclear science, and high-pressure physics. Areas of active research are laser-plasma instabilities, deep nonlinear hydrodynamic instabilities in compressible media and other compressible turbulent phenomena, the response of solids at extreme pressure and strain rate, high Mach-number shocks, radiation, heat and particle transport in plasmas, x-ray spectroscopy, diffraction and scattering. This position is in the High Energy Density Scientific and Technology, (HED S&T) Program in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Principal (NIF & PS) Directorate.
Essential Duties - Research, design and execute x-ray and laser driven experiments at NIF, at the OMEGA laser facility, and at the on-site Jupiter laser facility. - Design, field, and coordinate optical, x-ray and nuclear diagnostics. - Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, and publications for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences. - Collaborate with scientists and researchers to accomplish research goals.
- Coordinate team resources, and plan experimental campaigns. - Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications - Recent PhD in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, spectroscopy, condensed matter, nuclear physics, or related field or discipline. - Experience in experimental physics in one of the following areas: laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, nuclear physics or high energy density experiments. - Demonstrated advanced analytical and experimental skills. - Experience developing, calibrating and fielding x-ray, topical or nuclear diagnostics and associated analysis techniques. - Proficient written and verbal communication skills to author technical and scientific reports, publications, and invited papers, and deliver scientific presentations. - Effective interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate and work in a team environment.
- Demonstrated ability to perform independent research.
Desired Qualifications - Experience with laser or pulsed power sources.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
Anticipated Clearance Level: None, L or Q depending on location of assignment. (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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 one year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.
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 world-class 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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 employees.
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