Additive Manufacturing and Materials Characterization – Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in additive manufacturing of metal and ceramic materials. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of materials scientists, physicists and chemists applying existing and developing new laser-based additive manufacturing techniques to accelerate the development of materials with tailored chemical and structural properties. This position is intended to provide a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for an individual with a doctoral degree, to give the successful candidate the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. Postdoctoral Researchers at LLNL should expect to continue to receive training in performing independent research that is complementary to the work of other members of their department, while also participating in multidisciplinary projects. This position is in the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials Group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Develop advanced manufacturing approaches for new materials.
  • Design and perform complex laser heating experiments.
  • Perform characterization to determine microstructural features such as grain size, crystal phase, and elemental distribution.
  • Handle air sensitive feedstock powders and fabricated metal components.
  • Pursue independent but 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 including adherence to safety and security measures.
  • Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics or related field.
  • Experience with materials characterization methods for structural materials (i.e., X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and/or mechanical testing).
  • Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++).
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects and publish in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of or experience in additive manufacturing.
  • Experience with using class 4 lasers.
  • Experience with a broad spectrum of materials synthesis and characterization concepts and techniques, including X-ray diffraction.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

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We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in additive manufacturing of metal and ceramic materials. You will be part of an interdisciplinary team of materials scientists, physicists and chemists applying existing and developing new laser-based additive manufacturing techniques to accelerate the development of materials with tailored chemical and structural properties. This position is intended to provide a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for an individual with a doctoral degree, to give the successful candidate the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing. Postdoctoral Researchers at LLNL should expect to continue to receive training in performing independent research that is complementary to the work of other members of their department, while also participating in multidisciplinary projects. This position is in the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials Group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Develop advanced manufacturing approaches for new materials.
  • Design and perform complex laser heating experiments.
  • Perform characterization to determine microstructural features such as grain size, crystal phase, and elemental distribution.
  • Handle air sensitive feedstock powders and fabricated metal components.
  • Pursue independent but 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 including adherence to safety and security measures.
  • Document research; publish papers 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 maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in materials science, chemistry, physics or related field.
  • Experience with materials characterization methods for structural materials (i.e., X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and/or mechanical testing).
  • Experience in computer programming for data analysis (e.g. Python, Matlab, Mathematica, C/C++).
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Ability to develop independent research projects and publish in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of or experience in additive manufacturing.
  • Experience with using class 4 lasers.
  • Experience with a broad spectrum of materials synthesis and characterization concepts and techniques, including X-ray diffraction.

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