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Los Alamos National Laboratory Condensed Matter Scientist for Pulsed Magnetic Field Facility (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a scientifically excellent and highly motivated R&D scientist for experimental physical science in ultra-high, pulsed magnetic fields. This position is in the Pulsed Field Facility (PFF), which is the Los Alamos branch of the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). We run a scientific user program that allows qualified researchers from around the world access to some of the strongest magnets available anywhere, from our standard 65 T short-pulse magnets to the mammoth 100 T multi-shot magnet. The main purpose of our work is to understand how materials respond to extremely high magnetic fields and use that knowledge for basic research. Major scientific themes of current interest include quantum matter, strongly correlated electron systems, topological materials, superconductivity, two-dimensional materials, magnetic materials, actinide science, and new systems for quantum information science.

The work for this position is a mixture of scientific support of external users of our facility, cutting-edge measurement technique development, and discovery science.

You will develop in-depth knowledge in pulsed-field experimental physical science and use that knowledge to help scientific users – from initial contact with researchers formulating new ideas, through design and execution of experiments, to publishing results. You will have significant intellectual opportunity through user collaboration and substantial independence by setting your own scientific agenda. You will be part of the team doing science in the world’s most powerful magnets. Work includes contributing to overall PFF planning and operations, collaboration development, and fund raising through proposal submission and program development. You will work in a dynamic team environment where communication, teamwork, initiative, and follow through are essential. This position is a fabulous opportunity for a relatively junior researcher (LANL Scientist Level 2) to establish a strong scientific reputation, publish in high-impact journals, develop new experimental capabilities, and extend the applicability of high magnetic field research to new classes of materials.

Working at Los Alamos gives you access to world-leading experimental capabilities to push the frontiers in materials science, condensed matter physics, chemistry, or related fields. On-site collaborating facilities allow access to important experimental tools (electron microscopy, materials synthesis and growth, focused-ion-beam micromachining, etc.). Key regional centers offer more capabilities and further opportunities for collaboration.

Further information on the NHMFL, the PFF, and LANL is available at the following websites:nationalmaglab.org,nationalmaglab.org/user-facilities/pulsed-field-facility, andwww.lanl.gov.

Submit your application at:https://www.lanl.gov/careers/

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability and inclination to excel at scientific user support.

  • Record of scientific publication commensurate with experience.

  • Ability to become an intellectual leader in high magnetic field science.

  • Experience with cryogenic systems and measurements in cryogenic environments.

  • Experience developing, testing or using complex measurement systems for physical science, engineering, or a related field.

  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic-research and mission-science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time.

Education: Positions requires a Bachelor’ degree in condensed matter physics, materials science, materials chemistry, or related field from an accredited college or university and 4 years of related experience, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience directly related to the occupation. PhD preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Research experience in condensed matter physics, high magnetic fields, or pulsed magnetic fields.

  • Experience with a novel measurement technique with potential high-impact for pulsed high magnetic field science.

  • Experience with user support at scientific user facilities.

  • Experience initiating scientific projects through collaboration development or proposal process.

  • Experience mentoring junior personnel.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (generally requires US citizenship).

Note to Applicants:

  • Submit your application at:https://www.lanl.gov/careers/

  • For full consideration, applicants must submit two things: (1) a cover letter that addresses each of the key requirements of the position and (2) a resume or curriculum vitae with list of publications.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. 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)

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.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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



Contact Details
Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen
Email samanthad@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC84513
Organization Name MPA-MAGLAB/MPA-MAG LAB NHMFL Group
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC84513
Category: Science