Laser System Physicist Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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We have an opening for a Laser Systems Physicist to support operation of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and to assist in the modeling of laser systems. You will interact with scientific and engineering personnel, support staff, and senior management in areas of specialization that include a combination of some or all of the following: solid state laser physics and technology, femtosecond and picosecond short pulse generation and amplification, nonlinear effects, sensors and instrumentation, and systems engineering. This position is in the Laser Science and Systems Engineering Program in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Principal (NIF & PS) Directorate.
Essential Duties - Utilize diffractive, non-linear, propagation models to perform systems analysis and design of various lasers for current or new programs. - Collaborate with LLNL scientists and engineers to execute and interpret laser experiments that test new physics and modeling capability. - Conduct maintenance and ongoing development of the Laser Performance and Operations Model (LPOM) suite of codes related to operation of NIF (currently 0.6 million lines of code). - Perform data analysis of complex NIF laser experiments, including recalibration of models, data trending, and investigation of performance issues. - Define and prioritize tasks and goals to ensure programmatic needs are addressed in a timely and efficient manner. - Prepare advanced written and oral presentations on assigned projects. - Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications - PhD in Engineering, Physics, Optical Sciences, or Mathematics or related field or the equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience. - Advanced knowledge and hands-on experience in solid state laser engineering, high average power laser technology and thermal management techniques, short pulse laser physics, and/or nonlinear optics as applied to laser development, applications and operations. - Significant experience with optics, laser science, and scientific code development. - Significant experience with scientific research and development with a record of accomplishment evident via scientific publications. - Advanced problem solving, troubleshooting, decision making, and analytical skills necessary to independently analyze and implement solutions to complex issues. - Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, other technical and administrative staff, and managers. - Advanced written and verbal communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, prepare written reports, and provide advice to management.
Desired Qualifications - Experience in high power, solid state laser modeling or signal and image processing. - Background in inertial confinement fusion or high-power, directed energy lasers. - Experience planning and directing work with technical objectives, estimating effort, setting milestones, and managing within a designated budget.
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to 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.
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. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 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.
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 $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.
The National Ignition Facility is the largest and most energetic laser facility in the world. NIF is the size of a sports stadium; 3 football fields could fit inside. NIF is also the most precise and reproducible laser as well as the world's largest optical instrument. The giant laser has nearly 40,000 optics that precisely guide, reflect, amplify, and focus 192 laser beams onto a fusion target about the size of a pencil eraser. NIF became operational in March 2009.
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.