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Job Title: Nuclear nonproliferation, Threat detection - Postdoctoral Researcher
Company Name: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Location: Livermore, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/24/2020
Expire Date: 01/31/2021
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Engineering, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, and Security, Science, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Nuclear nonproliferation, Threat detection - Postdoctoral Researcher

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 an opening for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in nuclear nonproliferation, threat detection, and analysis.  You will participate in the development of new detection systems and algorithms, and also implementing these new technologies in actively deployed systems. The successful applicant will join a team of physicists, engineers and software developers working to prevent nuclear catastrophe. You will work with universities and other government agencies to develop, enhance, test, and deploy LLNL’s radiation detection and identification codes. This position is in the Nuclear Security Physics group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

Essential Duties
- Participate in the development, design, modeling, implementation, fabrication, evaluation, and analysis of new algorithms and instrumentation for the detection, classification, identification, localization and tracking of nuclear materials or objects of concern.
- Work with partners outside LLNL to deploy and test algorithms on next-generation radiation detection systems.
- Document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physics, astrophysics, or related field.
- Proficient in principles of object-oriented programming and software development best practices.
- Fluent in Java or C++.
- Experience in developing software infrastructure for complex data analysis.
- Experience in the application of statistics, signal processing, and error propagation.
- Ability to perform independent research in experimental or theoretical science
- Ability to find innovative solutions to scientific and technical problems.
- Proficient verbal and written communications skills necessary to author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations.
Desired Skills
- Experience with machine learning and data analytics.
- Experience in Java, Python, C++, and/or SQL databases and software development tools and concepts such as version control, design-patterns, and continuous integration.
- Experience in gamma-ray and/or neutron spectroscopy and imaging systems.


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 is a 2 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 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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