Los Alamos National Laboratory Materials Synthesis & Characterization Scientist (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for a staff scientist position with a focus on materials synthesis and characterization. The successful candidate will make key contributions to process development and scale-up for new classes of polymeric and composite materials as these technologies move beyond the benchtop and into production environments. The individual will be responsible for designing, documenting, and implementing materials synthesis techniques pertaining to polymeric foams, high strength-to-weight composites, and “smart” materials exhibiting multi-functionality - this is a highly hands-on position with a significant amount of time dedicated to the development of new materials with enhanced properties in a laboratory environment. In addition, the qualified individual will play a key role in evaluating aging and compatibility of novel materials for weapons applications in broad collaboration with other researchers both at the Laboratory and elsewhere within the NNSA complex. Finally, the candidate is expected to serve as a mentor for junior staff, postdoctoral researchers and students.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A strong background in one or more of the following technical areas:
Materials synthesis (porous materials, colloidal systems, particle technology, etc.)
Materials characterization (microscopy, spectroscopy, thermal analysis.)
Design of experiments
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by a strong academic publication record and presentations at national conferences in a specific technical area.
Ability to work on multiple projects with established deliverables, milestones, timelines and requirements.
Ability to work and communicate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, chemists, materials scientists, etc.
Education: A Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, Materials/Polymer Science, Chemistry or a related field is required. Previous postdoctoral research experience preferred.
Hands-on experience with complex fluids, colloidal systems, foams, emulsions and gels
Experience with composite and/or multi-phase materials
Experience with molding, 3-D printing, and other manufacturing techniques
Experience with technical writing in the form of manuscripts, reports, standard operating procedures, and other documentation related to process development and associated specifications.
Active Q clearance
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.
COVID Vaccine : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
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)
Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements
for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.
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. SeeDOE 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.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.
Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC90831
Organization Name MST-7/Engineered Materials
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC90831