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Los Alamos National Laboratory Bioorganic Chemist Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Design and synthesis of novel peptoid biomaterials for a targeted delivery project with applications in biosecurity. This work encompasses both solution and solid phase organic synthesis. You will develop combinatorial chemistry for parallel synthesis of biomaterials. In addition, you will develop conjugation strategies for linkage of biologically relevant small molecules to biomaterials. The position is for two years, with a third year possible contingent on excellent performance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Proven ability to develop and perform multi-step organic synthesis.

  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Strong knowledge of development of solid-phase chemistry for combinatorial library synthesis.

  • Ability to design conjugation strategies to link biologically active small molecules to biomaterials.

  • Expertise in product separation and purification through chromatographic methods including flash and HPLC. This includes method development for reverse and normal phase HPLC separations.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.

  • Ability to write papers for publication into peer-reviewed journals.

  • Expertise in characterization techniques including NMR, MS (ESI/TOF), FTIR, UV/Vis, and fluorescence.

  • Abilityto formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems.

  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing, for a wide range of audiences.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with performing reactions with isotopically labeled compounds.

  • Use of 2D NoE NMR techniques for assistance in structure determination.

  • Experience attaching fluorescent tags for bioimaging.

Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information about the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, see: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php.

Education: Completion of PhD in Chemistry or related field within last five years. Current PhD candidates near dissertation defense are also encouraged to apply.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying online, please submit your cover letter and CV to Paul W. Peterson at paulp@lanl.gov.

Additional 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.

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.

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) provides multidisciplinary expertise in materials science ranging from polymers and foams to target fabrication and materials discovery. This expertise is focused on delivering technology solutions for national security missions. The group has great breadth and depth in many aspects of Polymer Science and Engineering, such as a strong coatings capability, including physical and chemical vapor deposition, a suite of polymer Additive Manufacturing instrumentation, and extensive Characterization and Forensics capabilities. In particular, MST-7 applies an extensive knowledge of chemistry physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering to study matter under various environmental and extreme conditions relevant to our customers. MST-7 is involved in many research programs, such as inertial confinement fusion, nuclear weapons programs, including core and enhanced surveillance, directed stockpile and lifetime extension programs, global security, homeland defense, and civilian applications of materials technologies. MST-7 personnel include scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, and administrative support personnel, who team within the group and with other organizations to fulfill our various missions.

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