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Target Fabrication Engineer - Research Scientist

Location: Livermore
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

We have an opening for a Research Scientist who will become a core member of an interdisciplinary team working on advancement of complex articles called targets in support of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at LLNL and other national security programs. Targets are intricate assemblies of numerous finely manufactured components and are comprised of the essential elements of experiments on these high energy laser systems. Consequently, they raise many interesting challenges whose resolution requires a combination of materials & mechanical engineering and metrology science with a solid sense of practical implementation of advanced new processes. You will become the spearhead for science and technology projects that drive new innovations for the Laboratory's missions. This position is in the NIF Target Materials group of the Materials Science Division. In this role you will

  • Provide technical leadership and solutions to materials development projects with a goal of meeting the stringent requirements that are needed for HED experiments.
  • Propose and spearhead new ideas and methodologies to investigate the multi-disciplinary science required to solve the complex needs of the program.
  • Provide comprehensive data analysis to understand and resolve subtle problems and communicate research results as well as periodic progress reports. Develop and implement deep learning techniques.
  • Design and implement novel materials processing and characterization techniques including vapor phase deposition or precision polishing techniques, advanced microscopy, interferometry, X-ray techniques, etc.
  • Perform in-depth project planning and assignment of critical priorities and goals to ensure that all deliverables are met on time.
  • Collaborate in the design, modeling, and analysis of laboratory experiments and develop fabrication equipment, measurement instrumentation, and procedures as required while maintaining high safety and security standards.
  • Periodically present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings and publish technical work in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Master's degree in Engineering such as Mechanical, Chemical or Materials Science/Engineering, Physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience
    • Significant experience in challenging, goal-oriented projects requiring substantial understanding of sensors, advance microscopy such as holographic microscopy and other metrology tools for smart manufacturing.
    • Advanced knowledge of signal analysis, regression and deep learning methods for complex data analysis, feature extraction and anomaly detection.
    • Ability to perform hands-on work in a laboratory or fast paced production facility such as developing robust processes and commissioning new systems, trouble-shooting equipment malfunctions, etc.
    • Ability to develop analytical kinematic and physics-based models and simulation
    • 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, and the ability to work independently. Qualifications We Desire
      • PhD in Engineering such as Mechanical, Chemical or Materials. Science/Engineering, Physics or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
      • Experience in software programs such as Python, C, Matlab; GUI design, Monte-Carlo simulations, etc.
      • Familiarity with ML toolkits such as Tensorflow, Scikit-learn, Orange, SAS, etc.

Keywords: AMERICAN VACUUM SOCIETY INC, Livermore , Target Fabrication Engineer - Research Scientist, Engineering , Livermore, California

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