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Materials Scientist - Metallography/Fractography
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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  • BS/BA in materials science, materials engineering, engineering technology, engineering science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, or physics; or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad understanding of basic materials science and sample preparation concepts and skills, including sample polishing techniques, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, macro- and micro hardness testing and grain size measurements.
  • Broad experience with preparation of metallographic specimens, including working with chemicals and etchants.
  • Experience with optical microscopy techniques.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience operating computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research and development environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Significant experience in advanced electron microscopy techniques.
  • Significant experience in materials characterization, including a theoretical understanding of techniques and limitations of the tools.
  • Advanced knowledge in advanced materials science concepts, including phase transformations, dislocations, alloying, crystal structure, and grain boundaries.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy techniques, including expertise in operating an SEM.
  • Experience in other materials preparation and characterization tools, such as x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microcopy, hardness testing, electropolishing, ion milling, vacuum coating, white-light interferometry, and density measurements.
  • Experience with instrument maintenance and design and fabrication of simple fixtures.
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About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.Livermore’s 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 counterterrorism and nonproliferation, defense and intelligence, energy and environmental security.
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