Los Alamos National Laboratory Cryo-Electron Microscopist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT) has a great opportunity for an outstanding candidate to join CINT as a scientist in the Soft and Biomolecular, and Composite Nanomaterials (SBCN) Thrust. CINT is a Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center operated jointly by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories for the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) as a national user facility devoted to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, functionality and integration of nanoscale materials.

This position will be filled at either theScientist 2 / Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

As a scientist in the SBCN thrust, you are expected to carry out your own vigorous program of scientific research and user interactions in the specific area of cryo-electron microscopy imaging of soft materials and within the field of soft, biological and composite nanomaterials, in general. Current SBCN research efforts are focused on key scientific areas that underlie the challenge of nanoscale integration. These include: controlling interfaces and interfacial interactions; developing new characterization tools for probing multiple length and time scales; and exploring the roles of disorder and dynamics in determining materials performance. Close connection between experiment and theory is expected. We are seeking a candidate capable of standing up a new cyro-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) imaging capability within the CINT. The successful candidate will also contribute substantially to setting the strategic directions for the SBCN Thrust and have the opportunity to interact with a broader set of sponsors beyond BES who may benefit from CINT’s advances in areas ranging from national security to applied energy programs.

Scientist 2 ($87,800-$144,800)

The successful candidate will be required to:

Carry out a vigorous program of scientific research and support CINT user science in the area of cryo-electron microscopy imaging of soft materials and in the field of soft, biological and nanocomposite, nanomaterials, in general.

Scientist 3 ($96,600-$161,300)In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

Contribute substantially to setting the strategic directions for the SBCN Thrust.

Interact with a broad set of sponsors beyond BES who may benefit from CINT advances in areas ranging from national security to applied energy programs.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience performing high-impact research using transmission electron microscopy.

  • Demonstrated record of scientific research achievement (through publications, citations, and presentations) in one or more research areas pertinent to the study of soft, biological and composite nanomaterials.

  • Outstanding verbal skills and a record of effective technical communication.

  • Demonstrated experience in the peer review of publications, proposals, and scientific panels.

  • PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3 level: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 level requires:

  • Experience supervising technical support personnel and/or research group

  • Demonstrated successful experience as the lead for proposal development efforts and participation in and/or leadership of research projects of major importance and impact to the scientific community.

  • Recognized national reputation as evidenced by criteria that may include the organization of symposia and workshops at the national level, and service on national scientific societal committees and review panels.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience performing high-impact research using Cryo-EM for the characterization of soft nanomaterials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in the synthesis and characterization of soft biological, and composite nanomaterials.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of other techniques for the characterization of soft nanomaterials (e.g., atomic force microscopy, fluorescence microscopy/spectroscopy).

  • The ability to obtain a DOE “Q” level clearance, which generally requires U.S. citizenship.

  • A working knowledge of laboratory financial, management, and ES&H; practices.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, supporting and operating large user facilities.

  • Familiarity with DOE-BES.

  • Experience working with federal program managers.

Education Required:PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants are requested to provide a cover letter, CV, and publication list. The cover letter should address the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications related to each of the key position requirements and provide a brief summary of the applicant’s future research interests and plans.

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.

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

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

The SBCN thrust is currently composed of scientists located at the CINT facilities at Los Alamos and Albuquerque. As a member of the SBCN Thrust, you will work with the management team, members of the SBCN Thrust and the other CINT Thrusts at both laboratories to develop and maintain a scientific program of nanoscale science and user activities. This position reports to the MPA-CINT Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory and is one of four groups in the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: MPA-CINT/ Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Cryo-Electron Microscopist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC62839