Los Alamos National Laboratory Clean Chemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC74030
Job Title Clean Chemistry Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
What You Will Do
The Clean Chemistry Team in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group of the Chemistry Division is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position performing chemical separations/purifications for nuclear forensics purposes. A background in mass spectrometry is preferred but not required. The focus of this project will be age dating nuclear materials (predominantly uranium) using the granddaughter radionuclides (226Ra and 227Ac) with applications to basic research as well as a number of national security projects. In addition to this project, the postdoctoral position offers opportunities to pursue research related to: isotope signatures for nuclear forensics; chemical signatures for materials characterization; international safeguards; applications of non-traditional metal stable isotope systems to the nuclear fuel cycle; bioassay. It is further expected that the successful candidate will present their work at national/international conferences, and will publish their results in appropriate refereed journals.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated expert level experience with inorganic and or/analytical chemistry;
Demonstrated expert level experience chemically separating and purifying actinides or metals from environmental or nuclear matrices;
Strong background in analytical method development;
Proven ability to work independently with initiative;
Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
Possesses proven strong verbal and written communication skills;
Experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and/or publication of analytical results
Experience working in a cleanroom environment;
Experience with age dating environmental or nuclear materials (chronometry or radiochronometry);
Familiarity with thermal ionization and/or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry;
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.
Education : A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related subject (e.g. Geology/Geochemistry). 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.
Notes to Applicants: In addition to a Curriculum Vitae, candidate must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the specific requirements. Applications without this letter will not be considered.
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.
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 .
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 email@example.com 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 Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group supports both operational missions and R&D efforts in bioassay, nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty monitoring, and weapons programs. Basic research is conducted in areas of radiochemistry, radiometric measurements, materials characterization, mass spectrometry, nuclear chemistry and physics, spectroscopy, and actinide chemistry. Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, nuclear forensics, international safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, treaty monitoring, and bioassay monitoring. C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities and facilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels.
Appointment Type Postdoc
Contact Name Denton, Joanna S
Req ID: IRC74030