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Los Alamos National Laboratory Nanomaterials Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) is searching for a motivated postdoctoral researcher with both an interest in addressing national security challenges and a strong background in nanomaterials synthesis and surface modification to engage in a dynamic multidisciplinary experimental research environment. Overall, research is motivated by the broad goal to discover, develop and apply colloidal nanomaterials in both semi-conducting and scintillating gamma-radiation detection schemes. The successful candidate will split their effort between these two research efforts, and will be expected to do this work in collaboration with a team of Ph.D. staff scientists, postdocs and students with expertise in the areas of single-nanostructure optical spectroscopy/imaging, theory/modeling, polymer chemistry, and gamma-radiation detector development.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong chemical synthesis skills using air-sensitive handling techniques applied to nanocrystal synthesis, manipulation and surface modification, in particular of semiconductor nanomaterials

  • A strong publication record

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

  • Demonstrated adherence to chemical/materials laboratory safety protocols, including the proper use of PPE

  • The candidate must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Nanocrystal-polymer composite synthesis

  • Nanocrystal shape control

  • Experience in developing inorganic-organic hybrid materials

  • Direct experience with semiconductor quantum dots

  • Optical and structural characterization techniques

  • Planning and execution of complex, multistep reactions

Education: Ph.D. in inorganic, organic or materials chemistry or related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

Work Environment: Predominantly in a laboratory setting (complete with fume hoods and gloveboxes); work near sealed sources of ionizing radiation

Note to Applicants:

  • Contact Amanda Graff( aeking@lanl.gov )directly about this position.

  • 3 letters of recommendation are required.

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 Science and Technology (MST), Division provides world leading, innovative, and agile materials science and technology solutions for national security missions. Within MST, The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) houses materials science expertise for national security needs in the areas of ultra-precision design and machining, polymer science and engineering, and materials characterization. The Materials Development Team applies innovative synthesis and manufacturing technologies to a variety of mission-relevant problems encompassing high energy density physics, global security, radiation detection, thermal management and renewable energy systems. The team often participates in high-risk/high-reward experimental research endeavors on exploratory topics in order to rapidly assess and advance the potential mission impacts and scalability of emergent materials technologies based on self-assembly, additive manufacturing, metallurgy, and other pertinent technical areas.

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)

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.

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Vacancy Name: IRC82600
Organization Name MST-7/Polymers & Coatings
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Req ID: IRC82600
Category: Postdoc