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Inertial Fusion Energy, Postdoctoral Researcher

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 $108.8K

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  • You need a PhD in plasma physics or related field, experience in high-energy density physics, proficiency in experimental design and analysis, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team. Hands-on experience at HEDP/laser facilities and knowledge of data science are desired.
  • You will conduct laser-driven experiments, develop diagnostics, use machine learning for analysis, author reports and proposals, collaborate in a team, plan experiments, and interact with scientists internally and externally.

Graduate Job

Research & Development, ScienceLivermore


  • We have multiple openings for Postdoctoral Researchers to execute experiments, develop unique diagnostics and diagnostic techniques, and lead frontier research in the area of inertial fusion energy and high-energy-density plasmas (HEDP). This work will take place within the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate, home to the world’s most energetic laser. It is an exciting time to join the team that achieved fusion ignition in December 2022, a historic moment in science, opening up new physics regimes and setting the stage for new fusion energy possibilities.
  • Areas of active research are inertial confinement fusion physics, high-intensity laser interactions with matter, laser-driven secondary sources, and the development of high-repetition-rate diagnostics, targetry, modeling, and machine learning. These positions are in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Principal Directorate (NIF&PS PAD).


  • PhD in plasma physics, nuclear engineering or physics, or related discipline.
  • Experience in designing, executing, and analyzing experiments in high-energy density or high-intensity laser experimental physics.
  • Ability to perform as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, execution, and analysis.
  • Experience developing, calibrating, fielding, and analyzing x-ray, optical, or nuclear plasma diagnostics, or ultrafast laser diagnostics.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills to author technical and scientific reports, publications, invited papers, and proposals, and deliver scientific presentations.
  • Effective initiative and interpersonal skills including the ability to work both as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, as well as the ability to produce independent, original work.
  • Ability to think broadly and devise innovative solutions to problems to accomplish objectives.
  • Qualifications We Desire:
  • Hands-on experience working at HEDP or laser user facilities.
  • Experience with high repetition rate laser systems, experiments, diagnostics, or targetry.
  • Experience with data science approaches of machine learning, control augmentation, extreme data algorithms, and/or data-enhanced prediction.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • Research, design, and execute laser driven experiments at the NIF, OMEGA, LaserNetUS, and other international high power laser facilities.
  • Design, field, and coordinate the development of new x-ray, nuclear, or optical diagnostics.
  • Use and develop machine learning techniques to perform advanced analysis.
  • Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, publications, and proposals for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Coordinate team resources and plan experimental campaigns.
  • Pursue independent, but complementary, research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





108840 USD


  • Included in 2024 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Flexible Benefits Package
  • 401(k)
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA)