Particle physics laboratory

Nuclear diagnostics – Scientist in Livermore, CA for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


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job description

We have openings for Nuclear diagnostic staff researchers lead new efforts to develop new diagnostics and perform analyzes from future and past experiences. You will provide scientific leadership for the new capabilities and requirements of pulsed energy and future facilities at the NNSA complex. Current developments in diagnostics include a multi-axis neutron time-of-flight system, an integrated and time-resolved neutron imaging system, and radchem solid debris diagnostics. This effort is in an exciting growth phase, with many opportunities for career development in the field of national security. You will have the opportunity to work on the above development efforts, or on the analysis of existing data depending on expertise and interest. This position is in the National Security Applied Plasma Group of the Physics Division’s Fusion Energy Sciences Program (FESP).

In this role you

  • Design, develop, test and implement enhancements for existing and planned particle diagnostics and implement techniques and sources for calibration measurements.
  • Research, design and run nuclear experiments on the Z machine.
  • Design, set up and coordinate the development of nuclear diagnostics.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to achieve research objectives.
  • Write 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 wide range of scientists, both internal and external to the laboratory.
  • Perform other assigned duties.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US DOE Level Q security clearance which requires US citizenship.
  • PhD in plasma physics, hydrodynamics, shock physics, spectroscopy, condensed matter, related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Advanced experience in experimental physics in laser-plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, radiation-induced hydrodynamics, radiation transport, condensed matter, high energy density physics, nuclear diagnostic instrumentation, applied physics, plasma diagnostics.
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: neutron imaging, particle time-of-flight, nuclear activation and nuclear radiochemistry.
  • Important 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 the ability to work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.

Qualifications we want

  • Experience in the development, calibration and commissioning of nuclear diagnostics and associated analytical techniques.
  • Experience in electronic optics and / or pulsed electronics
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

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

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Security clearance

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.

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