Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Modeling of Solid-State Detectors Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join our Team within the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to conduct research on hybrid perovskite based radiation detectors. The aim of the project is to design, in conjunction with experimental collaborators, hybrid perovskite materials (crystals and thin films) for detection of high-energy electromagnetic waves and particles (e.g., X-rays, gamma-rays, charged particles, etc.). Along with this goal, basic and novel carrier transport and recombination properties, electron-phonon coupling and carrier collection will be modeled. The successful candidate will be expected to use computational electronic structure methods to understand the materials structure-function properties under excitation.

We therefore invite applicants who are interested and experienced in working on materials modeling and electronic structure methods to apply. Focused research topics will include: 1) modeling electronic and optical properties; 2) characterizing loss mechanisms; 3) ascertaining the role defects play in device performance; 4) modeling interfaces and helping to design contacts that suppress interfacial recombination.

The candidate will also be encouraged to explore novel device functionalities within the scope of radiation detection; for example, new device architecture design, novel carrier extraction properties and ultra-fast device response.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise in the following:

  • Electronic Structure Theory

  • Quantum Chemistry

  • Scientific computing

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer reviewed publication record.

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with Python, MPI, Fortran, or C++

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.

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

  • Able to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact effectively with people with a variety of expertise


A PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related fields, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: Contact: Dr. Amanda Neukirch (ajneukirch@lanl.gov) or Dr. Sergei Tretiak (serg@lanl.gov)

Additional Details:

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 Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general program information refer to the Postdoc Program web page h=p://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-op9ons/postdoctoral-research/index.php.

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

Work Telephone: 505-665-6405

Contact Name: Klein, Mandy Marie

Organization Name: MPA-11/Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices

Email: mmoore@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computational Modeling of Solid-State Detectors Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC65858