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Los Alamos National Laboratory Actinide Chemistry and Electrochemistry Postdoctoral Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC70967


Job Title Actinide Chemistry and Electrochemistry Postdoctoral Associate

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name C-CDE/Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering

What You Will Do

The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering (C-CDE) group in the Chemistry Division is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position in Actinide Chemistry and Electrochemistry to perform laboratory research involving redox chemistry, electrochemical process development and characterization of lanthanides and actinides, as well as metallic compounds. Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting independent research and engaging in a broad set of activities across several scientific disciplines. Projects will support research mostly related to actinide chemistry and electrochemistry, which may also include design and development of redox processes and characterization of both soft and metallic materials. The position will require direct interface with colleagues, customers and sponsors, the preparation of publications, proposals and reports, as well as delivery of program/progress updates.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experimental background and publication record in actinide chemistry, including electrochemical techniques applied to redox processes and metallurgy.

  • Proven experience in the handling of air-sensitive compounds, which requires working in a glovebox environment.

  • Willingness to work and develop processes involving actinides and transuranic materials.

  • Proven self-motivation with a desire to be a technical leader.

  • A demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation records and letters of reference.

  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both verbally and written

  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.

  • Proven experience in applying fundamental scientific and/or engineering concepts to complex, multidisciplinary problems.

Desired Skills:

  • A broad background in actinide chemistry is required, while experience in the use of electrochemical techniques in redox processes and metallurgy will be an important additional asset.

  • Proven ability to apply fundamental concepts and techniques developed in one discipline to a variety of (and perhaps incompletely defined) problems traditionally associated with other disciplines.

  • Knowledge and/or hands-on experience operating a variety of chemical/physical characterization techniques such as NMR, FT-IR, ATR, XRD, XPS, EDX, SEM, TEM, and AFM.

Education :

A Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within five years of completion of the Ph.D. Candidates may also have previous experience including postdoctoral experience.

Notes to Applicants:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the required skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Competitive honors; Relevant extracurricular activities; Invited presentations; Grants; Patents; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks and Poster Presentations; References. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Josemari Sansiñena ( josemari@lanl.gov ).

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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 Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program .

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.

This position will be filled at a Postdoctoral Associate Level. The position resides in the Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group (C-CDE). The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group is an applied technology organization focused on resolving national security-related issues in stockpile manufacturing and support, surveillance, applied and basic energy sciences, threat reduction, public health, the environment, and space exploration. The group's core approach involves the integrated development and application of technologies utilizing underlying scientific expertise in Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Microbiology, Explosives, Chemical Process Development and/or Chemical Engineering. The highly interdisciplinary nature of these activities requires scientists and engineers who can readily operate within, and transition between, the traditional academic disciplines.

Appointment Type Postdoc


Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

Contact Details

Contact Name Sansinena, Jose-Maria (Josemari)

Email josemari@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC70967