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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 using ab initio time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) to model the electronic, optical and chiroptical signals in order to determine structure property relationships that will allow for the controlled development of chiral quantum systems specifically for the detection of chiral light. Along with this goal, basic and novel carrier transport and recombination properties, electron-phonon coupling and carrier collection will be modelled. The successful candidate will be expected to use computational electronic structure methods to understand the materials structure-function properties.

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 circular dichroism (ECD) and vibrational (V)CD spectra, most of the utilized methods can be employed using commercial software; 2) examining the electronic structure changes by performing molecular dynamics; 3) investigating electron/hole relaxation and recombination using open-source non-adiabatic molecular dynamics codes.

The candidate will also be encouraged to explore novel device functionalities within the scope of chiroptical properties; for example, new material 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)


  • Experience with Python, MPI, Fortran, or C++ Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal 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.

Contact: Dr. Amanda Neukirch ( ajneukirch@lanl.gov )

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.

Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

The Physics and Chemistry of Materials group (T-1), seek to understand how basic forces operating at the atomic level manifest themselves in the properties of matter at the macroscopic level. The group maintains theory, modeling and simulation capabilities in a broad set of materials-related areas. Current activities in the group include research in atoms, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory’s missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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 more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/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 regard 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. Appointment Type



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