Particle physics laboratory

Applied Scientist in Livermore, CA for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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job description

We have an opening for one Applied scientist work on the modeling and / or the experimental study of the physics of shock waves for complex physical and technical applications. In this role, you will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to study high speed compressible flow phenomena and their mechanical effects on various systems. This position is in the physics division.

In this role you

  • Perform and conduct modeling / simulations and / or experiments to generate powerful shocks, shock waves and / or detonations in atmospheric environments.
  • Evaluate the effect of strong shock waves on the systems of interest, whether through computational fluid dynamics, computational structural mechanics, explosives-based experiments, large-scale shock tubes, or other methods.
  • Write periodic progress reports, test plans and other documents as needed and update Security Plans / Integration Worksheets (IWS) as per experimental needs.
  • Maintain knowledge of technical literature in assigned areas.
  • Prepare written analyzes and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results.
  • Travel as needed to interact with sponsors and customers.
  • Perform other assigned duties.

Additional professional responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Serve as a technical expert in formal and ad hoc groups assembled to deal with urgent national security applications.
  • Identify new opportunities to study the effects of shock physics and lead these efforts.
  • Mentor and help develop staff.


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Sciences, Physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in computational and / or experimental techniques for fluid mechanics, compressible flows, shock physics, detonations or explosions, impulse and mechanical movements.
  • Significant experience in writing technical and scientific reports and publications and in presenting scientific presentations.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information and provide advice to management.
  • Ability to travel.

Additional qualifications at SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in developing research proposals.
  • Experience working with large scale, high fidelity fluid dynamics and explosives physics computer codes.
  • Significant experience working with advanced diagnostics for compressible flow experiments.

Qualifications we desire

  • Doctorate in a field of physical science or engineering.
  • Experience in an NNSA laboratory.
  • Desire to work and contribute to solving complex issues relevant to national security missions.

Why the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Working for a leading innovative national laboratory
  • Full Benefits package
  • Flexible hours (* according to the needs of the project)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, the selection process, job types and security clearances by visiting our Career website.

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LLNL is a laboratory of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please refer to the security clearance requirement above). If you are selected and authorization is required, we will launch a federal background investigation to determine if you qualify for access to classified information or questions. In addition, all authorized L or Q employees are subject to random drug testing. An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For more information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Pre-employment drug test

External candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a drug test prior to employment. This includes testing for marijuana use, as federal law applies to us as a federal entrepreneur.

Pre-placement medical examination

An employment-related pre-employment medical examination may be required.

Equal employment opportunities

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values ​​and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity , disability, state of health, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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