Experimental Physicist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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We have an opening for an Experimental Physicist to independently execute experiments and develop new experimental methods in support of gas-gun-driven dynamic compression research. You will plan, design, execute, and oversee experiments at the intersection of shock physics, dynamic compression, hydrodynamics, and x-ray imaging. You will travel as necessary to conduct experiments at off-site facilities, collaborate with colleagues, and interact with sponsors and customers. This position resides within the High-Pressure Physics Group within the Condensed Matter Physics Section of the Physics Division.

In this role you will

  • Research, plan, design, execute, and analyze gas gun physics experiments on existing gas gun facilities (e.g., HEAF, DCS, and JASPER) to understand the thermomechanical response of dynamically-compressed materials
  • Develop and apply analytical tools, models, and instruments to varied data sets from dynamic experiments that may include photonic doppler velocimetry (PDV), two-dimensional VISAR, optical and near-IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray radiography, or optical imaging.
  • Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
  • Engage with complementary research efforts and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top-Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.
  • PhD in hydrodynamics, shock physics, condensed matter or related field or discipline, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge independently designing, executing, and analyzing complex experiments in the areas of shock physics, equations of state, constitutive material properties, or hydrodynamics.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge developing analysis methods supporting hydrodynamic wave profile experiments.
  • Experience with dynamic velocimetry or imaging techniques.
  • Advanced analytical skills necessary to solve complex problems and make decisions.
  • Experience working independently, as well as in a team, with minimal direction.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience designing, executing, and analyzing experiments on gas gun platforms.
  • Experience with x-ray imaging and radiography techniques.
  • Experience handling hazardous materials and designing experiments around constraints therein.

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We have an opening for an Experimental Physicist to independently execute experiments and develop new experimental methods in support of gas-gun-driven dynamic compression research. You will plan, design, execute, and oversee experiments at the intersection of shock physics, dynamic compression, hydrodynamics, and x-ray imaging. You will travel as necessary to conduct experiments at off-site facilities, collaborate with colleagues, and interact with sponsors and customers. This position resides within the High-Pressure Physics Group within the Condensed Matter Physics Section of the Physics Division.

In this role you will

  • Research, plan, design, execute, and analyze gas gun physics experiments on existing gas gun facilities (e.g., HEAF, DCS, and JASPER) to understand the thermomechanical response of dynamically-compressed materials
  • Develop and apply analytical tools, models, and instruments to varied data sets from dynamic experiments that may include photonic doppler velocimetry (PDV), two-dimensional VISAR, optical and near-IR spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray radiography, or optical imaging.
  • Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
  • Engage with complementary research efforts and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top-Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.
  • PhD in hydrodynamics, shock physics, condensed matter or related field or discipline, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge independently designing, executing, and analyzing complex experiments in the areas of shock physics, equations of state, constitutive material properties, or hydrodynamics.
  • Significant experience and advanced knowledge developing analysis methods supporting hydrodynamic wave profile experiments.
  • Experience with dynamic velocimetry or imaging techniques.
  • Advanced analytical skills necessary to solve complex problems and make decisions.
  • Experience working independently, as well as in a team, with minimal direction.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience designing, executing, and analyzing experiments on gas gun platforms.
  • Experience with x-ray imaging and radiography techniques.
  • Experience handling hazardous materials and designing experiments around constraints therein.

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