Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Design Postdoc Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join our team within the Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to conduct research on hybrid perovskite materials for high energy photon or charged particle detection. The aim of the project is to design, grow and characterize novel hybrid perovskite materials (crystals and thin films) with fully characterized material structures (space group, crystallinity, local strain and disorder). The structural information will be used to understand material functionality, such as high energy photon absorption, carrier transport, doping concentration, bulk and surface defect, etc.

We therefore encourage qualified candidates who are interested and have had experience with hybrid perovskite material synthesis to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to both the materials growth and structure characterization. Focused topics will include: 1) systematic growth of hybrid perovskite crystals and thin films with designed compositions; 2) basic characterization of crystal structures, crystallography, defect density and surface properties; 3)novel hybrid perovskite structure design and new synthetic approaches for materials growth to improve absorption and carrier transport properties; 4) understand the structure-function relationships to build the design principles for next generation detectors. Beyond those subjects, novel hybrid perovskite structures and properties may be explored, such as ultra-fast structure dynamics and its impact on the electronic properties of the material to advance detection properties, as well as new structure designs to enable highly efficient carrier transport under high fields (electric or magnetic) to achieve new detection mechanisms.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate will have a strong background and demonstrated hands-on experience in material synthesis and crystal structure characterization:

  • Hybrid perovskite single crystal growth and solution processed thin film growth

  • Structure characterization and basic crystal structure analysis

  • New hybrid perovskite structure design and synthesis

  • Capability of building novel crystal growth setup

  • Knowledge of structural characterization using X-ray diffraction, electron-microscopy, X-ray fluorescence, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, NMR

  • Demonstrated capability in experimental parameter design and systematic optimizations.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer reviewed publication record.

  • Basic knowledge on optical measurements (absorption, photoluminescence)

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)

  • Willingness to travel to other user facilities in the US to conduct experiments.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.

  • Ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.

  • Able to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact effectively with people with a variety of expertise

Education:

A PhD in Applied Physics or related fields, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Contact: Dr. Wanyi Nie (wanyi@lanl.gov)

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.

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.

The Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group (MPA-11), conducts basic and applied research in areas related to applied energy programs and a variety of problems relevant to the weapons program. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory’s missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-0142

Contact Name: Dattelbaum, Andrew Martin

Organization Name: MPA-11/Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices

Email: amdattel@lanl.gov

Job Title: Materials Design Postdoc Research Associate

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC65819