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Los Alamos National Laboratory Cryo-Electron Microscopy Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) in the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA-CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral associate to investigate soft matter with cryogenic optical and electron microscopy. Project work involves developing and implementing novel microscopy workflows utilizing cryogenic correlative light and electron microscopy (cryo-CLEM), cryogenic focused ion beam milling (cryo-FIB) and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The successful candidate will perform experimental studies to demonstrate the methods on various materials systems, including polymers, nanostructures, and biological and biomimetic materials. A strong candidate will have experience with cryogenic workflows, electron microscopy, and optical microscopy techniques, as well as wet lab experimental expertise.

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscience to a worldwide community of users. The MPA-CINT group stewards the CINT Gateway facility at LANL, which together with the Core facility at Sandia National Laboratory form the entire CINT user facility. Scientific thrusts in CINT include: Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials; Quantum Materials Systems; Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials; and In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics. Additional information on the user facility is available athttps://cint.lanl.gov.

The work location for this position will be the CINT Core Facility located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience with fluorescence optical microscopy

  • Experience with transmission electron microscopy

  • Experience with scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam milling

  • Experience with sample preparation and wet-lab techniques

  • Proficiency in data analysis

  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievement through publications and presentations

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with cryogenic microscopy workflows e.g., vitrification, cryo-transfer.

  • Familiarity with Python coding language

  • Experience with electron tomography

  • Experience working with nanomaterials

  • Experience working with biological systems

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. Citizenship

Education: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biology, Biophysics or closely related fields, completed within the last five years

Where You Will Work

The CINT is a user facility bringing together diverse scientists from a variety of fields to study phenomena at the nanoscale. A part of Los Alamos National Laboratory, CINT works with other groups at LANL, establishing multidisciplinary connections to conduct research.

Postdoctoral benefits packages include:

  • 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)

Los Alamos is located in the mountains of northern New Mexico with immediate access to many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and climbing, as well as being located near cultural and historic centers.

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.

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



Vacancy Name: IRC82984
Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies
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Req ID: IRC82984
Category: Postdoc