Scientific Researcher - X-Ray Sciences

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for a Staff Researcher to lead new efforts to develop x-ray diagnostics, as well as to analyze data from past and future experiments. The project team is actively executing experiments at pulsed power facilities within the NNSA complex and is driving new requirements for these and future facilities. Current diagnostic developments include streaked x-ray imaging and spectroscopy, as well as time-resolved measurements of electron temperature. The project is in an exciting growth phase, with many opportunities for career development in the national security domain. You will have the opportunity to work on the development efforts above, or on analysis of experimental data based on expertise and interest. This position is in the X-ray Sciences Group in the Applied Physics Section of the Physics Division

In this role you will

  • Design, develop, test and implement improvements for existing and planned x-ray diagnostics and implement techniques and sources for calibration measurements.
  • Research, design, and execute x-ray-based experiments at the Z-machine.
  • Design, field, and coordinate the development of x-ray diagnostics.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, and publications for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Coordinate with engineers, technicians, and people from different groups to plan and execute experimental campaigns.
  • Pursue independent, but complementary, research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, internally and externally to the laboratory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • PhD in Plasma Physics, Hydrodynamics, Shock Physics, Spectroscopy, Condensed Matter, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced experience in experimental physics in laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, high energy density physics, x-ray instrumentation, applied physics, plasma diagnostics, x-ray spectroscopy or similar area.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Spatially and temporally resolved x-ray imaging, fast x-ray timing, electron temperature diagnostic techniques, both time-integrated and time-resolved, and x-ray spectroscopy.
  • Significant analytical and experimental skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Advanced initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to perform independent research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience developing, calibrating, and fielding x-ray diagnostics and associated analysis techniques.
  • Experience with electron optics and/or pulsed electronics
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

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We have an opening for a Staff Researcher to lead new efforts to develop x-ray diagnostics, as well as to analyze data from past and future experiments. The project team is actively executing experiments at pulsed power facilities within the NNSA complex and is driving new requirements for these and future facilities. Current diagnostic developments include streaked x-ray imaging and spectroscopy, as well as time-resolved measurements of electron temperature. The project is in an exciting growth phase, with many opportunities for career development in the national security domain. You will have the opportunity to work on the development efforts above, or on analysis of experimental data based on expertise and interest. This position is in the X-ray Sciences Group in the Applied Physics Section of the Physics Division

In this role you will

  • Design, develop, test and implement improvements for existing and planned x-ray diagnostics and implement techniques and sources for calibration measurements.
  • Research, design, and execute x-ray-based experiments at the Z-machine.
  • Design, field, and coordinate the development of x-ray diagnostics.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, and publications for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Coordinate with engineers, technicians, and people from different groups to plan and execute experimental campaigns.
  • Pursue independent, but complementary, research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, internally and externally to the laboratory.
  • 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.
  • PhD in Plasma Physics, Hydrodynamics, Shock Physics, Spectroscopy, Condensed Matter, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced experience in experimental physics in laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation driven hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, high energy density physics, x-ray instrumentation, applied physics, plasma diagnostics, x-ray spectroscopy or similar area.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Spatially and temporally resolved x-ray imaging, fast x-ray timing, electron temperature diagnostic techniques, both time-integrated and time-resolved, and x-ray spectroscopy.
  • Significant analytical and experimental skills.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Advanced initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to perform independent research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience developing, calibrating, and fielding x-ray diagnostics and associated analysis techniques.
  • Experience with electron optics and/or pulsed electronics
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

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