Chemical Technologist / Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for a Chemical Technologist / Scientist who will become a core member of an interdisciplinary team working on fabrication of complex articles called targets in support of the High Energy Density Physics and other national security programs. Targets represent the essential elements to be studied in sophisticated experiments on these high energy laser systems; their vast variety and stringent requirements continually raise many interesting fabrication and assembly challenges whose resolution requires a combination of materials & mechanical engineering and metrology science. You will be responsible for performing experimental work for evolving new processes, refining and troubleshooting existing ones and for testing and characterization of the resultant samples. This position is in the NIF Optics & Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division.This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.
Essential Duties
- Serve as the primary hands-on technical driver for developing a variety of moderately complex to complex processes and executing detailed experiments with comprehensive documentation of the procedures that meet all the requisite safety standards.
- Conduct extensive characterization of the product using a variety of techniques and collating all of the data in databases.
- Responsible for setting up, organizing and performing experiments to help corelate multi-parameter results and following up with data analysis to extract relevant trends.
- Perform maintenance and upkeep of the equipment and measurement instrumentation, as well as commissioning of new systems per needs of the program.
- Gain expertise of operating software to be able to rapidly problem-solve and implement updates to stay current with industry standards.
- Maintain comprehensive records and databases and prepare written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level
- Provide advanced technical solutions to complex problems which may not be well defined, lead projects under minimal direction, and independently resolve technical objectives.
- Collaborate with technical area leaders, project leaders, and program management to represent technical capabilities and project results to internal management and external sponsors.
- Develop ways to continually update, improve and refine fabrication and characterization technologies using latest technical advances described in literature.

- BS in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Broad experience with working in a chemical lab with emphasis on process development/improvement and commissioning new systems.
- Experience with characterization using advanced microscopy such as confocal, surface characterization techniques, e.g. Atomic Force Microscopy and interferometry, spectroscopy, thin film measurements.
- Ability to perform hands-on work in a fast-paced laboratory in compliance to all safety requirements.
- Experience with automated data acquisition and computer interfacing
- Proven track-record of being detail-oriented, developing meticulous protocols and delivering in a high consequence of error environment, with the ability to analyze and present complex multi-parameter data.
- Experience working within a scientific team as well as working independently.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills necessary document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
In Addition, at the SES.3 Level- Significant experience in chemical labs with an objective of developing real-world products with demanding requirements.
- Significant experience working independently with the ability to provide technical leadership to guide projects to completion.
- Proven ability to comprehend the overall project goals and develop new directions for delivering enhanced solutions.Desired Qualifications
- Familiarity with software such as Labview or Matlab or equivalent.

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, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet 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.For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2.

Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

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 applyingcutting-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.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Livermore, CA 94550

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