Explosive Materials Staff Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for Explosive Materials Staff Scientists to perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the areas of material aging, compatibility and performance of explosive materials. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in initiation systems. This position is in the Reaction Dynamics group in the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research and contribute to the development of advanced mechanical, thermal, electronic, optical and/or explosive systems for various applications.
  • Work independently and within teams to solve moderately complex to complex problems in the areas of engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopy and detonation science that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, and supervisors from LLNL and its sponsors to support system development.
  • Contribute to project/program milestone completion and provide solutions to problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Document research activities, write reports, and deliver briefings on your efforts.
  • Define and prioritize tasks and goals to ensure project needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Obtain certification as a qualified explosives handler, firing operator, and ramrod (training provided through LLNL).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Broad experience in analyzing and interpreting fundamental experimental results and reporting findings.
  • Broad knowledge in one or more of the following: engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopic techniques, material testing methods.
  • Ability to perform independent work with technical objectives and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification as a qualified explosives handler.
  • Experience conducting directed research with limited direction.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
  • Proficient interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working in an environment with stringent safety and security policies.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with material aging, compatibility, or explosive materials.
  • Experience programming in Java, Python or Matlab

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years.

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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LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory. Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above). If you are selected and a clearance is required, 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. An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

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We have an opening for Explosive Materials Staff Scientists to perform a full range of moderate to complex research in the areas of material aging, compatibility and performance of explosive materials. You will actively participate with and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research in initiation systems. This position is in the Reaction Dynamics group in the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research and contribute to the development of advanced mechanical, thermal, electronic, optical and/or explosive systems for various applications.
  • Work independently and within teams to solve moderately complex to complex problems in the areas of engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopy and detonation science that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods.
  • Collaborate with scientists, engineers, technicians, and supervisors from LLNL and its sponsors to support system development.
  • Contribute to project/program milestone completion and provide solutions to problems of limited complexity using standard techniques and methodologies.
  • Document research activities, write reports, and deliver briefings on your efforts.
  • Define and prioritize tasks and goals to ensure project needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Obtain certification as a qualified explosives handler, firing operator, and ramrod (training provided through LLNL).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
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  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Broad experience in analyzing and interpreting fundamental experimental results and reporting findings.
  • Broad knowledge in one or more of the following: engineering hardware design, chemical analysis, spectroscopic techniques, material testing methods.
  • Ability to perform independent work with technical objectives and ability to meet schedule and deliverables for multiple concurrent projects with a range of priorities.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification as a qualified explosives handler.
  • Experience conducting directed research with limited direction.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to document research results, and to prepare and present proposals, papers, and reports to internal and external audiences.
  • Proficient interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience working in an environment with stringent safety and security policies.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience with material aging, compatibility, or explosive materials.
  • Experience programming in Java, Python or Matlab

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