1 Analytical Chemistry - Staff Scientist Job in Livermore, CA

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA | Full Time
$93k-118k (estimate)
1 Week Ago
Analytical Chemistry - Staff Scientist
$93k-118k (estimate)
Full Time | Business Services 1 Week Ago

LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY is Hiring a Analytical Chemistry - Staff Scientist Near Livermore, CA

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 important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$103,290.00 - $139,128.00 Annually for the SES.1 level
$123,960.00 - $166,992.00 Annually for the SES.2 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have openings for an Analytical Chemist to support the Nuclear Materials Test Program. You will perform sample preparation and analysis on various materials, including plutonium and other radioactive materials, using spectrometers, pH meters, coulometers, evolved gas analyzers, inductively coupled emission spectrometers, and inductively coupled mass spectrometers.

This position is in the Chemistry of Nuclear Materials group within the Materials Science Division.

This position will be filled at either the SES.1 or SES.2 level, depending on qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

You will

  • Apply wet chemistry lab techniques including the use of pipettes, pH meters, and laboratory balances to solid and liquid samples.
  • Perform or oversee equipment installation, upgrade, maintenance, and/or repair.
  • Perform routine fissile materials sample handling and maintain certification as a fissile materials handler (LLNL will provide training for certification).
  • Perform hands-on work in gloveboxes and other contamination enclosures.
  • Prepare informal written analyses, verbal briefings, and other presentations that capture and communicate team results.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level

  • Perform moderately complex to complex fissile materials sample preparation and analysis, including by ICP-ES and ICP-MS.
  • Independently perform tests, process data, and report results according to documented operating procedures.
  • Independently prepare technical reports.
  • Mentor and train colleagues.
  • Collaborate with other scientists in and across multidisciplinary teams.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • BS/BA in Chemistry, Forensics, Environmental Science, Engineering Technology or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • General knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques.
  • Fundamental knowledge and practical experience (sample preparation, hazardous materials handling, etc.).
  • Ability to become a Fissile Material Handler.
  • Proficient interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff within a collaborative research environment.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level

  • Broad experience in an analytical chemistry laboratory.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team research environment supporting fellow scientists, engineers, and technologists as demonstrated by co-authored reports/publications.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to deliver presentations, prepare written reports, explain technical information, and advise management.

Qualifications We Desire

  • MS in Chemistry, Forensics, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment and complying with safety regulations.
  • Experience installing, calibrating, and/or maintaining analytical equipment.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) - visit https://www.llnl.gov/diversity
  • Our core beliefs - visit https://www.llnl.gov/diversity/our-values
  • Employee engagement - visit https://www.llnl.gov/diversity/employee-engagement

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. 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.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request.

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

Job Summary


Full Time


Business Services


$93k-118k (estimate)










3,000 - 7,500






$5M - $10M


Scientific Services

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About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LLNL focuses on nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, technology development in support of national security.

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