Livermore, California

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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

Job Description

We have multiple openings for Computational Engineers to conduct basic and applied research in the optimization, simulation, and design of physical and engineered systems. You will work collaboratively and independently to extend and develop physics-based design optimization tools. The team is working to both extend the state-of-the-art and support Laboratory missions. These positions are in the Computational Engineering Division (CED) of the Engineering Directorate.

 

These positions will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

 

In this role you will

 

  • Develop and implement HPC algorithms and simulations for the optimal design of engineering systems governed by nonlinear, transient, multiscale, and multiple physical phenomena that include uncertainties in geometry and material properties.
  • Contribute to solving challenging design optimization problems.
  • Develop forward model, continuum simulations to solve the governing partial differential equations of physical systems necessary for advanced design.
  • Document research through presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles and contribute to identifying future research directions and proposals that will provide opportunities in the field.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

 

  • Guide the establishment of future research directions and influence proposals that will provide future research opportunities in the field.
  • Identify and solve challenging design optimization problems highlighting capabilities and establishing credibility with mission customers.


Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Master's Degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Computational Science, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Knowledge of shape/topology optimization techniques and algorithms.
  • Experience developing simulation tools using continuum approaches (e.g., finite elements) for physical systems.
  • Experience programming skill in C/C++/FORTRAN and scripting languages including Python/M.
  • Comprehensive experience with explicit design sensitivity analysis via direct (forward) and adjoint (backward) methods.
  • Knowledge of massively-parallel computing and one or more associated parallel programming interfaces, such as MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, document work, prepare and present successful proposals and high-quality research papers.

 

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

 

  • Advanced knowledge of shape/topology optimization techniques and algorithms.
  • Significant experience developing simulations tools using continuum approaches (e.g., finite elements) for physical systems and advanced programming skill in C/C++/FORTRAN and scripting languages including Python/Matlab.
  • Significant experience with explicit design sensitivity analysis via direct (forward) and adjoint (backward) methods and experience with massively-parallel computing and one or more associated parallel programming interfaces, such as MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present and explain technical information, document work, prepare and present successful proposals and high-quality research papers.

 

Qualifications We Desire

 

  • PhD in Engineering, Mathematics, Computational Science, or a related field.
  • Exposure to machine learning and other data science techniques.


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Flexible Term appointment, which is for a definite period not to exceed six years. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained (should funding allow).

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?
  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site .

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2 .

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form .

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Livermore, California

Science and technology on a mission

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.

Our Mission

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

  • Enhance the nation’s defense.
  • Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
  • And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.
Our Vision
  • Lead the nation in stockpile science, innovation and sustainment.
  • Be the foremost national security laboratory, anticipating, innovating and delivering solutions for the nation’s most challenging security problems.
  • Be the premier destination for our nation’s very best scientists and engineers.
Our Values
  • Ideas. Livermore is the “new ideas” laboratory, and we continue to aspire to intellectual leadership, originality, and audacity. We support an environment that encourages open exchange and critique. Ideas also improve operations and lead to new, better ways of doing business.
  • Impact. Innovation happens when new ideas have impact—on our mission, on people’s lives. Ultimately, our success depends on applying frontier science and technology, through disciplined engineering, to deliver solutions for—have impact on—our mission.
  • Integrity. We serve the public interest and act to sustain the public trust through transparency, honesty, and objectivity. We act ethically in our research activities, our business practices, and our interactions with each other. We are dedicated to collective success, and committed to safety and security as an integral part of the mission.
  • Inclusiveness. The challenges of our mission demand that we draw on the widest possible diversity of talents, thought, and experiences. To capitalize on the range of individual and diverse talents needed for mission success, we form and work in teams, characterized by mutual respect and support.
  • Zeal. It’s good to love what you do. We value enthusiasm for and commitment to the Lab’s mission. We have a “fire in the belly” to excel, lead, and change the world. And as an institution, the Lab will aspire to be a place where people can find fulfillment and love their work.  Our Priorities
    • Deliver on our stockpile stewardship mission.
    • Enhance and expand our mission in the broad national security space.
    • Sustain and ensure that we are at the cutting edge in the science, engineering and technology capabilities our sponsors need.
    • Ensure excellence in execution: deliver results of the highest quality, on schedule and on budget.
    • Ensure excellence in operations: safety, security, environment and state of the art business practices and processes.
    • Improve our cost effectiveness.
    • Provide a first-class workplace environment to our employees.
    • Expand our contributions to the local and national economy through partnerships with academia and industry.

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