Los Alamos National Laboratory In Situ Characterization Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title In Situ Characterization Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies in the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA-CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to develop novel in situ transmission electron microscopy techniques and/or novel optical microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to study the effects of extrinsic perturbation on physical properties of inorganic materials focusing on electro-thermal properties of two-dimensional materials. These experiments are conducted with a suite of capabilities including confocal photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopes, and the CINT Integration Laboratory (a class 100 cleanroom located in Albuquerque, NM). The successful candidate will contribute to a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment consisting of accomplished scientists in electrothermal physics, nanomaterials, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, and in situ electron microscopy (additional details can be found at cint.lanl.gov). Additional information on programs, fellowships, and salary can be found at the Postdoc Program website.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or closely related discipline.

  • Experimental background in at least one of the following areas: electron microscopy, nanofabrication, or ultrafast optical spectroscopy with a focus on in situ characterization technique development.

  • Strong publication record quantified by h -index, total citations, and number and journal impact factor of first author publications.

  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively and independently in collaboration with large interdisciplinary and diverse research teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in both oral and written English, both technically and interpersonally.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in both oral and written English, both technically and interpersonally.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong scientific record as demonstrated by publication in high impact factor journals, strong citation of published work quantified through total citation count and Hirsch-index, and recognition through national or international honors and awards.

  • Experience with in situ transmission electron microscopy including: low-dose phase contrast and STEM using a direct electron detector, scanning nano beam electron diffraction algorithm technique development such as 4D STEM or pulsed beam, and heating or electrical biasing sample holders.

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Experience with operating and maintaining ultrafast optical spectroscopic systems, micro-Raman/photoluminescence systems such as the Horiba LabRAM HR Evolution or custom Princeton Instruments-based systems, and complex ultrafast amplified laser systems.

  • Proficiency in computer programming (NI LabView, Wolfram Mathematica, or similar) for computer-controlled data acquisition and analysis, proficiency with data acquisition using Keithley low-level precision instruments.


A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or closely related discipline is required. The candidate must be within 5 years of completion of Ph.D. at time of being proposed for review by the committee and will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Notes to Applicants:

Applicants are expected to submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the minimum job requirements and desired skills, a current CV, and the contact information for at least three professional references. A CV with the following categories is preferred: educational background including degree dates and GPA with scale, professional appointments, competitive honors and awards, publications with h -index and total citations (list each publication with its citation count and journal impact factor), patents and status, invited and contributed presentations, and grants including role of the applicant.

For further technical information or questions, please contact Dr. Michael Pettes (pettesmt@lanl.gov).

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.

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 general information go to Postdoc Program .

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

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.

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