High Pressure Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the areas of fundamental and applied experimental high-pressure science to research tabletop experiments at LLNL as well as experiments conducted at off-site light sources. You will focus on understanding the physics of materials at ultra-high static pressure, mainly using the toroidal diamond anvil cell (DAC) as an experimental tool and will be expected to develop advanced compression environments. You will be expected to exercise other x-ray capabilities at national synchrotron facilities (e.g. imaging, ultrasonic techniques, x-ray spectroscopy etc.) and will participate in collaborations involving the US and international colleagues including HPCAT/APS/ANL, DCS/APS/ANL and ECB/Petra-III/DESY. This position is in the High-Pressure Physics Group, Condensed Matter Section of the Physics Division.
Essential Duties 
- Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems in the area of phase transitions in materials (metals & molecular systems) at extreme pressure and temperature conditions. 
-  Develop tools to analyze large batches of experimental data for real-time experiment guidance.
- Participate in the High-Pressure Physics Groups ongoing experiments conducted at off-site facilities
- Present formal and informal overview of research progress at weekly meetings.
- Analyze, report, and present scientific results at seminars, technical meetings, national and international conferences.
- Publish research results in external peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies 
- Recent PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry or related scientific field.
- Experience with preparing and executing multi-megabar experiments in diamond anvil cells
- Experience with in-situ measurements (e.g., optical spectroscopies, x-ray diffraction) of samples under extreme conditions 
- Experience with comprehensive analysis of data including curve fitting and non-linear fitting routines applied specifically to x-ray diffraction patterns
- Experience with computer programming with an emphasis on developing custom analytical routines.
- Experience in writing reports, publications and proposals.
- Experience utilizing a scientific approach to problem solving.
Documented publication record in peer-reviewed journals.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Ability to work effectively independently, as well as in a team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience working at national user facilities.
- Experience working in a U.S. government laboratory setting.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is a two year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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 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 $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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Median Salary: $117,220

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