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Materials Science, High Pressure Synthesis - Research Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California, (US)
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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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 committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$148,650 - $200,328 Annually

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 an opening for Materials Scientist, Physicist to independently research the synthesis of high pressure ceramic and mineralogical phases. You will be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team responsible for conducting and supporting research at high pressures and temperatures to synthesize metastable high pressure phases, determine their thermodynamic properties, evaluate manufacturability, and work with technology transfer with industry partners. This position is in the High Performance Materials group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will



  • Design and conduct complex experiments to use advance manufacturing techniques to develop novel materials systems with tailored properties.
  • Conduct advanced materials synthesis research using a high-pressure multi-anvil press, including equipment calibration, maintenance, and setup.
  • Serve as the primary technical contact on high pressure phase synthesis.
  • Provide direction on complex program requirements and deliverables. Interface directly with various important stakeholders across DOE.
  • Convey capabilities and new opportunities to sponsors, and actively write proposals for relevant funding opportunities.
  • Exert significant influence on transferring lab developed technologies to production environments with industry partners.
  • Develop and present written analyses and verbal briefings that capture and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.







  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, Geosciences or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience in high-pressure, high-temperature materials development and utilization of applied characterization techniques.
  • Significant experience in successfully executing technology transfer into production lines or environments, with a deep knowledge of industrial scale processing.
  • Advanced knowledge in research and development of novel materials.
  • Advanced knowledge with high pressure manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to operate, calibrate, maintain high pressure equipment at both small and industry scales.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to deliver presentations and prepare written reports, explain technical information, and provide advice to management.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research environment.


Qualifications We Desire





  • Experience in powder feedstock development and characterization using a variety of methods.
  • Knowledgeable in a wide variety of additive manufacturing techniques for novel materials (ceramics, glasses, minerals, metals).
  • Experience with safe handling of hazardous or air sensitive materials in gloveboxes, chemical fume hoods.


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?





  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Education Assistance
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)


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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the go-to laboratory for science and technology solutions to the toughest and most important problems affecting national and global security. If you are interested in contributing to pushing the frontiers of knowledge to build the scientific and technological foundation that will be needed to address national security issues, then we invite you to apply.

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