Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Position in Ultrafast Light-Matter Interactions in Quantum Materials in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

We are seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to fill multiple openings at the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials and Optical Science (LUMOS), within the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT). The successful candidate will focus on performing ultrafast optical, terahertz, and X-ray spectroscopy of quantum materials, with a particular focus on using intense, ultrashort pulses to drive these materials into new states. Systems of interest include strongly correlated electron systems, topological materials, and low-dimensional quantum nanostructures. The experimental systems available for these projects include several amplified femtosecond laser systems with wavelengths tunable from soft X-ray to THz frequencies, high field superconducting magnets, scanning probe microscopy setups, and an angle-resolved photoemission system. Some studies may also be performed at national user facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source and Linac Coherent Light Source. Successful candidates will be located either at the LUMOS labs at LANL or at the CINT Core Facility in Albuquerque, outside of Sandia National Laboratories.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Femtosecond optical spectroscopy.

  • Terahertz spectroscopy.

  • Ultrafast x-ray spectroscopy.

  • Time-integrated optical spectroscopy (e.g., FTIR and UV-VIS spectroscopy).

  • Strong background in condensed matter physics.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of ultrafast lasers.

  • Nonlinear optics.

  • Labview software and programming.

  • Data analysis/modeling using MATLAB or an equivalent program.

  • A strong background in fundamental physical processes of topological materials, strongly correlated electron materials, and/or low-dimensional quantum nanostructures.


A Ph. D in a relevant field completed within the past 5 years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants:

Contact: Rohit Prasankumar (rpprasan@lanl.gov, 505-284-7966).

Additional Details:

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general program information refer to the Postdoc Program web page http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work_

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Location: Albuquerque, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6405

Contact Name: Klein, Mandy Marie

Organization Name: MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

Email: mmoore@lanl.gov

Job Title: Postdoctoral Position in Ultrafast Light-Matter Interactions in Quantum Materials

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67724