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Computational Physicist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, US
Posting live until
2 Oct 2024

Job Details

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Pay Range

$132,810 - $204,636 Annually

$132,810 - $170,556 Annually for the SES.2 Level

$159,330 - $204,636 Annually for the SES.3 Level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for Computational Physicists aiming to improve national security through the development of simulation codes for world class supercomputing architectures. You will collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team in advancing state-of-the-art physics simulation capabilities. Applications may include inertial confinement fusion, high-energy density physics, nuclear/conventional weapons, or nuclear counterterrorism. Our projects span the range from smaller, focused research codes/modules to multi-physics, multi-application production codes. This position is in the Design Physics Division within the Strategic Deterrence Directorate.

These positions may offer a hybrid schedule, blending in-person and virtual presence. You may have the flexibility to work from home one or more days per week.

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Build simulation tools using modern software practices as part of a team.
  • Develop models and algorithms to support physics capabilities for a diverse application space.
  • Support users of your simulation tools.
  • Share results through conferences, reports/publications, and potential interactions with collaborators.
  • Recognize and support plans to promote and foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability within the workplace.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.

Additional responsibilities at the mid-career (SES.3) level

  • Develop and critically assess physics capabilities to support applications requiring advanced simulation tools to solve complex problems.
  • Collaborate as a technical expert on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Set specific technical strategies to achieve project goals.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD or equivalent level of proficiency in physics, mathematics, engineering, or related field.
  • Proficiency in developing scientific applications in Python, C/C++, or FORTRAN.
  • Proficiency in converting theory into computational models, implementing computational models, or evaluating computational algorithms and methods for their applicability.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and experience authoring high-quality reports/publications and delivering effective technical presentations.

Additional qualifications at the mid-career (SES.3) level

  • Advanced knowledge of physics, mathematics, engineering, or a related field.
  • Significant professional programming experience.
  • Experience in leading, mentoring, and/or collaborating within teams.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated record of delivering top-quality research in relevant areas of science and engineering.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Expertise in one or more science disciplines, such as shock hydrodynamics, solid/fluid mechanics, materials science, particle transport, radiation transport, nuclear physics, plasma physics, or physical chemistry.
  • Proficiency in developing and supporting multi-dimensional numerical simulation.
  • Proficiency in developing scientific simulations for high-performance and/or heterogeneous computing systems (e.g., use of MPI, OpenMP, Cuda/HIP, or other HPC technologies).
  • Proficiency in developing advanced technical solutions (e.g., numerical algorithms).
  • Proficiency in working in a multidisciplinary team-research environment, demonstrating creativity and initiative in addressing challenging problems.
  • Demonstrated ability/commitment to promote and value inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability principles in the workplace.

Please include a personalized cover letter with your application, highlighting your qualifications and why you're interested in this position.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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LLNL digital

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place. Its defining responsibility is ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. Yet LLNL’s mission is broader than stockpile stewardship, as dangers ranging from nuclear proliferation and terrorism, to energy shortages and climate change threaten national security and global stability. The Laboratory’s science and engineering are being applied to achieve breakthroughs for counter-terrorism and non-proliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.

Why work for us
LLNL is a recognized Glassdoor Best Places to Work where we stress work–life balance, an excellent 401K, medical, dental and vision benefits, paid leave and flexible work schedules.

Training and development
LLNL’s Education Assistance Program offers support to qualified employees who wish to pursue an academic degree, job-related course work, or a certificate program in a field that is pertinent to the mission of the Laboratory. Support may include reimbursement for tuition, lab, and registration fees. Several on-site university programs make learning even more convenient for employees.

What we are looking for
We offer opportunities in a variety of fields in science and technology. We are home to a diverse population of professionals that includes staff and postdoctoral researchers.

Livermore, CA, USA

Number of employees

Eligible to work in the US

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round


Company info
7000 East Avenue
CA 94550
United States

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