Los Alamos National Laboratory Aerosol Experiments for Climate Forensic Science Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) seeks outstanding postdoctoral candidates to perform world-class experimental atmospheric aerosol and greenhouse gas research in an interdisciplinary environment to solve problems in climate, energy and national security. The candidate will be part of the Center for Aerosol-gas Forensic Experiments (CAFÉ) that includes aerosol chemistry, microphysics and optical property instrumentation: soot particle high resolution aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS), single particle soot photometer (SP2), multiple wavelength Photoacoustic Soot Spectrometers (PASS: 375, 405, 532, 781 nm), Cavity Attenuated Phase Shift Particle Extinctiometer (CAPS PMex), Laser aerosol sizer, scanning mobility particle sizer, centrifugal particle mass analyzer (CPMA), and potential aerosol monitor (PAM). Trace gas capabilities include laser based trace gas (Picarros-CRDs) instruments and solar spectrometers for regional trace gas monitoring (Bruker 125HR, EM27-SUN).

The candidate will design and conduct laboratory and field studies focused on biomass burning, fossil combustion and/or explosion processes and signatures for climate science and chemical forensics. Collaborations with fire and explosion dynamics modeling groups in EES, particularly using measurements to improve treatments of the fate, transport, and effects of mixed light absorbing aerosols are expected. There will be opportunities to participate in DOE aerosol field campaigns and for regional greenhouse gas flux verification.

The successful applicant should be independent, experienced with aerosol mass spectrometry, real-time single particle aerosol and trace gas measurements, have a strong publication record, and is expected to publish scientific findings in high impact peer-reviewed journals. Exceptionally qualified candidates with stellar publications will be considered for competitive distinguished postdoctoral fellowships described at Postdoc Program.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in real-time laboratory and field atmospheric measurements, particularly aerosols.

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate large field data sets with models to gain process level understanding of aerosols and gas signatures of sources and processes.

  • Self-motivated with a strong background in atmospheric chemistry, aerosol analysis, in situ and remote sensing, field and laboratory experiments and simulations. Some combination of these is preferred.

  • Excellent communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and the cover letter.

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary scientific environment.

  • Existing knowledge or willingness to understand energy, environmental, and national security applications.

  • Research aimed at improving understanding of aerosol and carbon cycle processes for climate science is open to all qualified applicants. Research in explosion forensics requires Q clearance that normally requires US citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Programming experience with merging, analyzing and synthesizing large data (Igor, Python, Fortran, Java, C/C++, R, and/or MatLab).

  • Operating state-of-the art aerosol & gas instruments in the field or laboratory.

  • Record of collaborative research with modelers and writing proposals.

  • Experience synthesizing results of large data sets and analysis using process or chemical transport modeling (WRF-Chem, GEOS-Chem, PART-MC/MOSAIC)

Education: A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry, Civil or Chemical Engineering, Physics or 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: For further information contact Manvendra Dubey (Dubey@lanl.gov) and/or Allison Aiken (aikenac@lanl.gov)

Additional Details:

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 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: EES-14/Earth System Observations

Job Title: Aerosol Experiments for Climate Forensic Science Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC65579