Postdoctoral Research Staff Member - Materials Science

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For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the field of powder metallurgy for application in additively manufacturing (AM) of metals. You will actively participate with multidisciplinary teams to develop a deep, fundamental understanding of the metal additive manufacturing process and its effect on materials structure, properties and performance. This position is in the Functional Materials Synthesis and Integration group in the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties

- Lead experimental efforts in production and characterization of metal powders for AM applications to meet process and target specifications.

- Design and conduct experiments to explore the relationships between powder morphology, size and structure, to process-structure-property-performance in additively manufactured metals.

- Collaborate with computational materials scientists to provide experimental support and analyses of simulations and develop a deep, fundamental understanding of the metal additive manufacturing process and its effect on materials structure, properties, and performance.

- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols.

- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems.

- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.

- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.

- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Recent PhD in materials science, mechanical engineering, physics, metallurgy, or related field.

- Demonstrated knowledge of the materials science of metals and powder metal production/characterization.

- Experience with a broad range of materials characterization and materials property assessment methods, particularly mechanical properties.

- Demonstrated ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.

- Demonstrated proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Demonstrated initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications

- Demonstrated knowledge of AM machines (metal powder bed fusion) with experience in modifying machines for improved performance.

- Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues to modify AM equipment as required.

- Familiarity of process control methods for laser and electron-beam welding and metal additive manufacturing methods.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Anticipated Clearance Level: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. 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 two-year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award 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 $1.5 billion, employing approximately 6,000 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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