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Los Alamos National Laboratory Biomaterials Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) in the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA-CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an opportunity for an outstanding early-career scientist in the Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials (SBCN) Thrust discipline.

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscience to a worldwide community of users. The MPA-CINT group stewards the CINT Gateway facility at LANL, which together with the Core facility at Sandia National Laboratory form the entire CINT user facility. Scientific thrusts in CINT include: Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials; Quantum Materials Systems; Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials; and In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics. Additional information on the user facility is available athttps://cint.lanl.gov.

Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)

As a member of the SBCN Thrust, you will develop and maintain a scientific program investigating self-assembly of nanoscale materials and associated analytical techniques. You will spend about half of your time collaborating with external and internal users of CINT. You will engage the outside scientific community through publications, presentations, peer-review, mentorship, and outreach on behalf of CINT. Ideally, the person selected for this position will also be able to contribute broadly to other Los Alamos National Laboratory missions.

Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this more senior level you will be expected to attract users from a broader (e.g. international) base and work with CINT management to steer the scientific evolution of the SBCN thrust moving forward.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated record of scientific research achievement (through publications, citations and presentations) in the synthesis and self-assembly of biological, bio-derived, and/or biomimetic nanomaterials

  • Hands-on research experience with one or more of the following: synthesis of genetic polymers, biological nanomachines, or other biologically based nanomaterials; synthetic biology approaches to nanomaterials science; use of biological scaffolds for synthesis/assembly of inorganic nanomaterials; hierarchical assembly of biomacromolecular and/or hybrid (biotic/abiotic) building blocks

  • Ability to engage and work effectively with a broad and diverse scientific community

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • Nationally recognized expertise in the design, synthesis, and assembly of biological or biomimetic nanomaterials

  • Success in developing novel ideas and securing research funding

  • Success in mentorship

Education/Experience at lower and higher level: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, or closely related field

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative environment

  • Demonstrated success at the multiscale, hierarchical assembly of nanomaterials to realize new, emergent properties such as adaptive color change, self-healing, etc.

  • Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship)

Note to Applicants:

We are particularly interested in scientists who have hands-on experience with the synthesis and multiscale, hierarchical assembly of biological, bio-derived, and/or biomimetic nanomaterials. Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV including contact information for three references, list of publications, and a brief statement of the candidate’s research plans (no more than 2 pages).

Location: The position is physically located in Los Alamos.

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 maternity 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)

Los Alamos National Laboratory is more than a place to work. It is a catalyst for discovery, innovation and achievement. It’s one of the reasons we attract world-class talent who contribute greatly to our outstanding culture. Professional development, work/life balance and a diverse and inclusive team foster lasting career satisfaction. Our onsite cafeterias and medical, fitness and breastfeeding facilities, education assistance and generous compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to providing our people with all they need for personal and professional growth.

Additional Details

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.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Internal applicants, please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for full applicant eligibility requirements

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call1-505-665-4444option 1.

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Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen
Email samanthad@lanl.gov
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Vacancy Name: IRC83837
Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies
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Req ID: IRC83837
Category: Science