Los Alamos National Laboratory Actinide Fluoride Chemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Actinide Chemistry Team in the Chemistry Division is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position in organometallic and/or inorganic actinide fluoride chemistry to perform laboratory research involving the synthesis and characterization and kinetics studies of thorium and uranium fluoride compounds and materials. Successful candidates will be joining a multi-disciplinary team that applies synthetic chemistry, chemical kinetics, molecular spectroscopy, and electronic structure theory to study and manipulate the unusual chemistry performed by actinide fluoride compounds. In this project, synthetic chemistry and chemical kinetics will be coupled with a combination of theory, electrochemistry, 1D/2D/multinuclear NMR, and electronic absorption & vibrational spectroscopies.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
The ideal candidate will have experience or possess the following:
Demonstrated experimental background and strong publication record in organometallic/inorganic (main group, transition metal or f-element) chemical synthesis and kinetics.
Proven in-depth experience in the handling of air-sensitive compounds, knowledge of NMR spectroscopy, and a willingness to work with low-level radioactive natural thorium and depleted uranium materials are also required.
Proven strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter are required.
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a complex work environment.
Demonstrated experience with electrochemistry, electronic absorption and vibrational spectroscopies.
Experience in synthesizing and/or studying the reaction chemistry of metal fluoride and fluoride compounds/materials.
Demonstrated experience in handling UF 6 or using a fluorine line.
Education: A Ph.D. in chemistry. 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.
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, unofficial or official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 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; Names of 4 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, contact Dr. Jaqueline L. Kiplinger at email@example.com.
Strong candidates may be eligible for a Laboratory fellowship. See https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-appointment-types.php for details.
Q Clearance: 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.
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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.
Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry performs research and addresses mission needs related to the nation’s nuclear energy, renewable energy and medical imaging arenas. Mission thrust areas within the group include actinide chemistry supporting new materials and separation processes, development of the production methods and applications of accelerator-produced radioisotopes, and energy storage/production methods using chemical systems. Basic and applied research conducted within the group includes nuclear chemistry and physics, accelerator target physics, inorganic chemistry, catalysis and chemical transformations, and environmental chemistry in support of these programs. Current major sponsors include NNSA, NA, DOE energy and Office of Science, other federal agencies, and LANL institutional support. Key collaborations exist with SIGMA, LANSCE, Theory (T), Bioscience (organic chemistry), and Materials Physics Applications (MPA) Divisions, with other groups within C Division, and with university, industrial and other national laboratory partners.
Vacancy Name: IRC78784
Organization Name C-IIAC/Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem
Req ID: IRC78784