Location: Livermore, CA Category: Science & Engineering Organization: NIF and Photon Science Posting Requirement: External w/ US Citizenship Job ID: 104107 Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 4 (SES.4) / Science & Engineering MTS 5 (SES.5) Date Posted: August 03 2018
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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.
We have an opening for an Experimental Physicist to develop experimental techniques and advanced diagnostics to advance our understanding of thermonuclear burn in support of achieving ignition on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). You will lead a team and work closely with other research teams as part of the overall NIF diagnostics and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) efforts. This position is in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Principal Associate Directorate (PAD) and will support both the NIF Diagnostics and LLNL ICF Programs.
This position will be filled at either the SES.4 or SES.5 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
- Lead a team to develop experimental techniques and diagnostics to address important questions about the performance of ignition experiments on the NIF - Work on a team to develop hypotheses for the gap between expected and observed compression performance of NIF implosions, and propose experiments to confirm these hypotheses
- Develop and propose techniques to increase the rate of acquisition of important ignition data by increasing the neutron compatibility of important nuclear, x-ray and optical diagnostics - Develop improved methods and processes for processing and reviewing ignition data with relevant stakeholders
- Develop an improved understanding of the actual and required performance of the NIF laser timing and pulse shape by working at the interface between the laser and target physics teams - Author scientific reports and provide oral presentations for internal and external LLNL scientists. - Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties are assigned.
In Addition at the SES.5 Level
- Organize and lead data workshops to improve overall understanding of certain performance metrics and
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parameters of NIF implosions, and document the results from these workshops - Serve as a SME in identified areas, interacting with senior management and external review groups - Develop long-term strategic plans for diagnostic development in support of NNSA missions, and coordinate execution with other organizations across the NNSA complex, while establishing objectives and overseeing experimental activities of junior scientists and technical personnel.
- PhD in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, condensed matter or related field, or equivalent combination of education and related experience. - Significant scientific experience designing, executing, and analyzing complex equipment and experiments in the areas of target diagnostics, laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation transport, implosion physics, material strength
- Significant experience developing complex diagnostics, image processing, and data analysis. - Highly advanced analytical skills necessary to solve complex problems and make decisions. - Expert verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, author technical and scientific reports, publications, and invited papers, and provide advice to management. - Significant experience working independently, as well as in a team, with minimal direction in a driven environment. In Addition at the SES.5 Level - National recognition and expert knowledge designing, executing, and analyzing highly complex diagnostics for experiments in plasma physics - National recognition and expert knowledge developing new ideas or approaches - Experience leading a team in the development of experimental techniques and diagnostics - Extensive experience and demonstrated ability leading junior scientists and developing innovative cutting edge principles, theories and concepts to achieve long range program goals and objectives.
- Experience designing, executing, and analyzing experiments in the field of plasma and atomic physics with knowledge of plasma characterization techniques and instrumentation. - Experience with x-ray sources, time-resolved optical and x-ray photon detection techniques, CCDs, imaging and spectroscopy. - Experience with spectrum and image analysis using numerical processing.
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 Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.
You can also apply online at careers.llnl.gov
Internal Number: 104107
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