Los Alamos National Laboratory Analytical Chemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The High Explosives Science and Technology (Q-5) Group is seeking a postdoctoral applicant for opportunities in high explosives characterization with a focus in analytical chemistry specifically in the areas of chromatography, mass spectrometry, and chemometrics. General areas of interest to our group include aging of plastic bonded explosives, understanding the chemical and physical relationship of polymers, and synthesis/impurity profiling in explosives. Positions will be awarded to candidates demonstrating exceptional talent with a successful collaborative and scientific track record.
Responsibilities for the selected candidate will entail:
Developing new chromatographic and chemometric methodologies for analysis of explosives, plastic bonded explosives (PBXs), and polymers
Application of these techniques to samples of interest.
Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives.
Collaborating with other scientist in Q-5 and applying appropriate analytical techniques to aid in analyses of various types of explosives
This posting is under the Associate Laboratory Directorate for Weapons Engineering (ALDW).
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience with a variety of analytical chemistry techniques
Experience with a wide array of chromatography systems which may include: liquid chromatography with quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry, gel permeation chromatography.
Demonstrated ability to conduct high precision measurements and data acquisition are essential.
Publications & Presentations
Experienced track record of publications and experience presenting at conferences.
Communication & Teamwork
Ability to work effectively in a team with the ability to apply knowledge to a wide array of technical problems.
Education :A PhD in analytical chemistry or closely related field within the last 5 years or soon to be completed. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.
Experience with explosive materials through handling or synthesis
Experience with a liquid chromatography triple quadrupole (LC-QQQ) and/or liquid chromatography with quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF)
Experience with chemometrics and application to non-targeted analyses
MATLAB or Python programming experience
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
COVID Vaccine :
The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Note to Applicants:
All of the above must be addressed in the application (cover letter and CV) if it is to be considered. The application should address all of the minimum job requirements and as many desired skills are applicable. For technical questions related to this position contact:
Chris Freye: firstname.lastname@example.org , Geoff Brown: email@example.com
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid childbirth and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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.
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 regard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status
Vacancy Name: IRC94973
Organization Name Q-5/High Explosives Science and Technology
Req ID: IRC94973