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Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74984

Description

Job Title Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name SIGMA-2/Finishing Manufacturing Science

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

The Electrochemistry and Corrosion Team within Sigma Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to study chemical reaction and diffusion in solids and gases by means of experiment, modeling, and simulation.

As a postdoctoral research assistant, you will investigate the chemistry and kinetics of gas/solid reactions, material degradation and outgassing, and gaseous and solid-state diffusion using ultra-high vacuum and pressure system hardware and techniques, together with multiple chemical analysis methods. You will integrate data from diverse experiments and synthesize models of material chemistry and chemical reaction kinetics applicable to various thermal, radiation, and gas atmosphere environments. You will incorporate these chemistry and kinetic models into finite-element computer simulations of component behavior. As a postdoc you will work with a mentor, but will be assigned portions of projects over which you will have responsibility.

Safe handling of flammable, toxic and/or radioactive materials will be part of the research. You will be expected to work with limited instruction, interface with internal and external teams, communicate your research for both internal and external publication, and present your results at appropriate conferences and meetings. You will also be expected todevelop ideas for new proposals.

The successful candidate will be a highly self-motivated individual with skills in (i) hands-on design, construction, and execution of experiments, (ii) formulation of novel of data analysis methods and interpretation, (iii) modeling of diffusion and chemical reaction kinetics, and (iv) finite-element computer simulations of reaction and diffusion.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Hands-on experience working in a chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, chemistry, or related research laboratory.

  • Self-motivation and independence, with demonstrated experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Strong written andoralcommunicationskills,andtheabilitytointeracteffectivelywithother researchers, as well astechnicalandoperationspersonnel.

  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize activities for effective direction of project course while at the same time meeting project deadlines.

  • Experience presenting work in peer-reviewed journals, and in oral presentations at technical conferences.

  • Ability to work with attention to detail and limited supervision.

  • Ability and willingness to follow safety and security procedures.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance,whichnormallyrequiresU.S.Citizenship

Desired Skills

  • Hands on physical research experience, especially in the areas of gas/solid reaction chemistry and kinetics, surface chemistry/catalysis, and related techniques such as N 2 physisorption and CO chemisorption.

  • Experience with experimental studies of solid-state chemistry and reaction kinetics.

  • Experience with ultra-high vacuum systems and hardware, and pressure systems and hardware.

  • Design and construction of experimental equipment.

  • LabView programming skills

  • Familiarity or experience with physical and chemical analysis methods such as differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal analysis, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.

  • Firm understanding of reaction kinetics and diffusion fundamentals, and experience formulating reaction/diffusion models.

  • Experience building finite-element computer simulations of reaction and diffusion.

  • Familiarity or experience working in inert atmosphere gloveboxes.

  • Familiarity with engineering drawings, dimensioning, and tolerance

  • Experience with SolidWorks.

  • Ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.

Education: Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field completed within the last 5 years, or soon to be completed, is required.

Notes to Applicants

When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, please submit the following:

1) a cover letter summarizing your skills, research areas of interest, and desire to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory

2) a curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the following information: education, major, GPA, relevant work experience, relevant technical skills, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations

3) a list of professional references

In addition to the application process, please e-mail curriculum vitae to Dr. Douglas Safarik at dsafarik@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.

Sigma Division focuses on materials science, engineering, and chemistry, emphasizing metallurgical, powder, and chemical processes and research. Ourmissionistoprovide outstandingmanufacturing scienceand engineering solutionstosupportournationalsecurityandindustrycustomers—ascopethatspansmetallic,ceramic, and organic materials composed of elements ranging from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic table,withastrongemphasisonunconventional and low-symmetrymaterials. We areaflexible,integratedone‐stopshopprovidingexceptionalcustomerservicefromconceptandprocessdevelopmenttofabricatedfinishedproducts.

Appointment Type Postdoc

Postdoc

Req ID: IRC74984

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