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Job Title: Experimental Physicist
Company Name: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Location: Livermore, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/24/2020
Expire Date: 02/02/2021
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Job Description
Experimental Physicist

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have openings for Physicists to pursue experimental challenges relevant to national security under limited direction.  You will explore means to assess nuclear explosive performance without nuclear testing; weapons physics studies; the development of render safe technologies for counter-proliferation; the design and testing of Advanced Conventional Weapons. Experimental research is conducted at the Site 300 hydro facilities, the Nevada Test site, the High Explosives Application Facility (HEAF), NIF, and at other national facilities. These positions are located in the Design Physics Division within the Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Principal Directorate.
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
- Conduct experimental research in one or more of the following areas: assess nuclear explosive performance without nuclear testing; weapons physics studies; high-energy density plasma research; the development of render safe technologies for counter-proliferation; and/or the design of Advanced Conventional Weapons.
- Develop and apply state-of-the-art experimental physics techniques to laboratory and field research. Areas of interest should include, flash x-ray radiography, high-speed photographic and optical measurements, hydrodynamics, gas gun, pulsed power and detonation physics experiments, and instrument design and development.
- Learn and run existing analysis codes to plan experiments and incorporate experimental data.
- Contribute to fulfilling project objectives as a fully functioning team member.
- Present and disseminate research results in scientific conferences and peer-reviewed publications, in open and classified environments.  Responsibilities may also include interacting with external stakeholders, both at NNSA and across the broader interagency, via offsite assignments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Travel minimally or substantially based on needs of projects.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Independently develop and/or provide in depth analysis of physics capabilities in support of nuclear weapon simulations using advanced simulation tools where complex problems may not be well defined.
- Lead projects requiring careful planning and execution in concert with effective teamwork.
- PhD in physics, engineering or a related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Experience conducting applied physics research in one or more of the following fields:  plasma physics, radiation transport, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and hydrodynamics.
- Experience with and understanding of optics and lasers.
- Experience with scientific data analysis.
- Experience developing innovative solutions to complex analytical problems.
- Demonstrated effective analytical and conceptual skills and creativity.
- Experience working effectively independently and in a multi-disciplinary, team-research environment to achieve multi-year goals.
- Demonstrated effective verbal, and written communication skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and to deliver scientific presentations.
In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge of physics, mathematics, mechanical, aerospace or nuclear engineering or a related field.
- Experience leading and mentoring as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated record of completing and/or leading top quality research in relevant areas of physics and engineering.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

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.

Note:  This listing has multiple openings; these are Career Indefinite positions.  Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for these positions.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 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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