Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Chemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The successful candidate will concentrate on first principles (density functional theory) and classical atomistic simulations of aqueous electrolyte solutions to understand clustering and nucleation at high temperatures over a wide range of concentrations and densities. Ions of both common and less common (i.e., heavier) elements will be examined. A primary goal of this project is to determine how best to use natural and low-cost heat sources to extract economically valuable products from deep aquifer saline resources, which are typically found at elevated temperatures. Together with our experimental colleagues, we look to understand salt solubility and precipitation dynamics in concentrated brines. The position will involve close collaboration with other theoretical and experimental scientists with backgrounds in mathematics, physics, chemistry, hydrothermal geology, and engineering.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Significant experience with Monte Carlo and/or molecular dynamics simulations

  • Established proficiency in computer programming and scripting skills

  • A demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desired Skills: Experience with calculating X-ray spectra, electronic structure calculations, statistical mechanics, force field development, and solution theories.

Education: A PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, or a related field, completed within the last five years, or soon to completed, is required.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying online, applicants should submit a CV, including a publication list. In the cover letter, please describe how your background in computational chemistry satisfied the job requirements and supply the names of three references.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Leyba, Deborah Lee (Debbie)

Organization Name: T-1/Physics And Chemistry Of Materials

Email: dleyba@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computational Chemistry Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC70521