Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental Physical Science Postdoc for Explosive Applications in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The High Explosives Science and Technology group is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to perform research in materials processing and analysis of high explosive (HE) polymer-bonded composites. The successful candidate will prepare and test novel composite formulations of HE and inert HE simulants using conventional and spray drying preparation techniques. Imaging and analysis of the composites will also be performed, to include scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and thermal analysis and stability experiments. Scale-up techniques may also be employed for explosive testing (e.g. detonation performance). This work has potential for both publications in chemical and materials journals as well as applications in projects with national security missions.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Expertise in materials science techniques and theory, with prior experience in connecting microstructural characterization to thermal, mechanical, or related properties
Experience in materials analysisincluding scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and associated methods for sample preparation and image analysis.
Demonstrated communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter, as well as independent problem solving.
Highly self-motivated, with a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment in shared laboratory space. This includes active interfacing with colleagues (internal and external) to push forward results into publication format as well as modifying materials for practical applications.
Desired Skills (skills that are nice to have, but not necessary)
Expertise in strategies for novel composite development and scale-up, including systems that involve difficult-to-process components.
Experience in image processing and analysis for microstructure evaluation and quantification.
Experience characterizing low-symmetry crystal structure materials, and associated effects of lattice anisotropy on bulk properties
Ability to produce and test high-fidelity samples with special attention to detail
Willingness to handle sensitive high explosive materials in a rigorous safety environment. However, no previous high explosive handling experience is required – training will be provided.
Education Required: A PhD in Materials Science, Chemistry, or related field is required. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.
Notes to Applicants
Interested applicants are required to apply online and upload a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening.
Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
for access to classified matter.
Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
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 .
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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.
Explosive Science and Shock Physics (M) Division is responsible for current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts. We support National Security through the invention and application of energetic materials and application of our static and dynamic compression science capability for understanding material response at extreme conditions to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs. The Division has a diverse portfolio of research, development, and application projects involving the dynamic properties of inert and reactive weapons materials including the physics of shock waves in inert and energetic materials, the molecular synthesis of novel energetic materials, the formulation of EM into engineered materials, the shock initiation and detonation physics of explosives, the response of explosives to various stimuli including electrical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, impact, shock and laser interactions, the development and small-scale application of unique energetic materials, and the diverse application of high-explosive driven pulsed-power (HEPP) systems.
M-7, the High Explosive Science & Technology Group, serves the Laboratory and nation by providing the knowledge base in high explosives (HE) testing for the Nuclear Weapons Program and other national security areas. The group specializes in a broad array of energetic materials science including development (synthesis and formulation) and testing of novel explosives, pilot plant production of explosive materials, advanced manufacturing of explosives, analytical chemistry of explosives and explosives ingredients, homemade explosives research and training, and special security projects.
Vacancy Name: IRC78199
Organization Name M-7/HE Science and Technology
Req ID: IRC78199