[20090910] Post-doc Research Position open at LLNL

The extreme chemistry (X-chem) and materials science group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announces an opening for postdoctoral candidates with experience in experimental physical chemistry and/or
solid-state physics. Our primary focus is to apply ultrafast laser diagnostics to elucidate chemical and physical phenomena occurring at 10s of GPa pressure and 1000s Kelvin. For a description of our current group activities see:


Posted Date:  10/09/2009 
Job Title:  Post-Dr Research Staff Member (220.0)
Job Term:  Post-Doctoral 
Salary Range:  Open 
Organization:  9853 Chemical Sciences 
Directorate:  Chemistry, Materials, Earth and Life Sciences 
NOTE: This is a two-year term 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 employment offer.

The Extreme Chemistry group (X-chem) within the Chemical Sciences Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in experimental physical chemistry and/or solid-state physics. The primary research thrust of X-chem involves laboratory experiments designed to understand chemical reactions under GPa pressures and/or at 10-3500 Kelvin. The aim is to interact with LLNL computational chemists toward developing comprehensive models that
accurately predict a myriad of combustion, energetic material, and propellant reaction processes. In addition the X-chem group studies radiochemical, electrochemical, and biochemical systems where unresolved grand challenge issues limit technological advances in energy use/storage and nonproliferation arenas. The selected candidate will report to the Group Leader for the Extreme Chemistry group.

- Prepare samples and conduct laser or x-ray based measurements that are congruent with X-chem objectives.  Will process results with the goal of publishing in peer-reviewed journals and communicating research findings at national and international conferences and meetings.
- Contribute to the conception, design, and execution of research to address X-Chem defined problems.
- Participate in collaborative efforts with other national laboratories and industry.
- Participate in external reviews of projects at the request of DOE.
- Understand and follow LLNL?s policies and regulations related to ES&H and Integrated Safety Management.
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ESH&Q, Security, and business practice requirements and policies.

- Recent PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or related field.
- Experience using diamond anvil cell (DAC) technology.
- Experience with pulsed and ultrafast laser systems including data analysis/reduction, and interpretation of results.
- Demonstrated ability as an innovative experimentalist with experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
- Demonstrated quantitative analytical capability.
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated capabilities to author technical and scientific reports and publications and deliver scientific presentations.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills to work in a diverse multidisciplinary research team environment.
- Recent record of peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience with both PC and Macintosh-based computer systems.

- Experience with DAC X-ray synchrotron experiments and data analysis.

To apply for this position the see:


For further details please contact:

Dr. Joseph Zaug (925-423-4428)
Dr. Jonathan Crowhurst (925-422-1945)
Dr. Michael Armstrong (925-423-5702)