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Nuclear Theory Postdoctoral Research Staff
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

  • Oct. 11, 2017
  • Nuclear Theory Postdoctoral Research Staff
  • Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Physics - Elementary Particles/Nuclear
    Physics - General
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Nuclear Theory Postdoctoral Research Staff Member at LLNL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Science and Technology on a Mission!
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 multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers to conduct research in ab initio nuclear structure and/or reaction theory. You will actively participate in innovative research utilizing state of the art many-body approaches and high-performance computing to accurately describe the structural and/or reaction properties of light nuclei from first principles. These positions are in the Nuclear Data and Theory group of the Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct innovative research in ab initio theory of light-nuclei structure and/or reactions.
- Contribute and actively participate in the development, implementation and application of new theoretical capabilities and computational algorithms for the purpose of describing structural and/or reaction properties of light nuclei starting from nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interactions.
- Contribute and actively participate in the development of a new integrated framework
that combines ab initio approaches, LLNL high-performance computing capabilities and modern statistical analysis to deliver accurate predictions with quantified uncertainties.
- Design and carry out relevant numerical simulations on LLNL supercomputers using state of the art ab initio approaches, including the new methods to be developed.
- Engage in collaborations between the Nuclear Data and Theory group, internal (LLNL), and external collaborators.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Report research results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations and contribute to proposal submissions within the Nuclear Data and Theory group.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- Recent PhD in physics or related field.
- Experience in theoretical many-body methods applied to nuclear structure and/or nuclear reactions.
- Experience developing computer software for theoretical physics problems.
- Expertise in Fortran, C, C++, or equivalent computer programming languages and experience with MPI and OpenMP programming.
- Ability to perform independent research and find innovative solutions to scientific and technical problems.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively present and explain results of scientific research in presentations at seminars, meetings and journal publications.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed literature with experience presenting research results to a large audience.
- Demonstrated skills in statistical analysis applied to uncertainty quantification.
- Experience with GPUs.

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

Security Clearance: None required.

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 $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will conclude when the positions are filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by November 20, 2017

A complete application consists of a curriculum vitae and a brief research statement (in a single PDF file uploaded to the LLNL web site), and contact information for three references.

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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