Career Jobs

The Physical and Life Sciences (PLS) Directorate provides cutting-edge expertise in a broad range of related scientific disciplines to ensure the success of LLNL's national security mission and its related core programs. For more information about career opportunities in PLS, see our Jobs page.

To see a listing of current PLS openings, enter "Physical and Life Sciences" into the "Job/Keyword Search" field at the top of the "careers@llnl  " page.

The Laboratory offers employees a first-class benefits package and commitment to work-life balance. For more information about Livermore and the Bay Area, please see the "Visiting the Lab " page.

PLS offers a broad range of educational opportunities for the education and training of the next generation of scientists in the fields of physics, nuclear chemistry, chemical engineering, condensed matter, materials science, environmental chemistry, and chemical biology. We provide a supportive environment to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting faculty to conduct innovative basic science research to meet important national needs.

Postdoctoral Positions

PLS offers a broad range of opportunities for the education and training of the next generation of career scientists in the fields of physics, nuclear chemistry, chemical engineering, condensed matter, materials science, environmental chemistry, and chemical biology. We provide a supportive environment for postdoctoral researchers to conduct innovative basic science research to meet important national needs.

PLS has a vibrant postdoctoral program with more than 80 postdocs during a given year. Postdoctoral employees make significant contributions to basic and applied research of national interest and bring a unique technical background that adds to the directorate's breadth and depth of scientific capability. Postdoctoral appointments, which can last for up to three years, represent an important pathway toward career positions at LLNL. See more information about how to apply.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

If you are an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student and would like to get paid to spend the summer doing cutting-edge science, please go to our Student Programs Web site and find out about our summer internships in Physical and Life Sciences.



Robert Heeter [bio]

Robert F. Heeter leads experiments on X-ray absorption and emission of high-energy-density plasmas as a staff physicist in the Radiative Properties Group of Physics Division. He received a B.S. in physics from Stanford University in 1993. He joined LLNL as a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow in 1999, after completing his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences (program in plasma physics) at Princeton University, where he measured plasma instabilities in magnetic fusion devices. Since 1999 he has led experiments at the Z facility and the Omega and Jupiter laser facilities, producing X-ray spectra to benchmark codes used in stockpile stewardship, inertial confinement fusion, and the astrophysics of black hole accretion disks.