Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear & Radiochemistry Research Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Nuclear & Radiochemistry Group (C-NR) has a Postdoctoral position in radioanalytical chemistry. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with extensive experience in inorganic/analytical chemistry, nuclear chemistry, or a related field to support R&D programs focused on the field of radiochemical measurements and separations. Candidates will develop new methods for measuring radioisotopes using gamma-ray spectrometry, beta decay counting, or mass spectrometry. The methods have applications in nuclear forensics, environmental studies related to fate and transport of radioactive isotopes, and stewardship of the US nuclear weapons deterrent. Candidates must be willing and able to work within an interdisciplinary team of scientists from multiple organizations within LANL.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A strong background and extensive experience in chemistry, nuclear decay counting, or mass spectrometry is essential.
The candidate must have the ability to work creatively and independently, while also contributing effectively to the overall team efforts.
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.
Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.
Ability to obtain a ‘Q’ clearance which typically requires U.S. citizenship.
Experience with standard wet-chemistry techniques for chemical analysis.
Rigorous chemical analysis using spectroscopic, analytical and/or radio analytical techniques.
Track record of problem solving in a laboratory environment
Education: PhD in chemistry, geochemistry, nuclear chemistry or related fields completed within the past five years or by commencement of appointment .
Note to Applicants:
Appropriate training will be provided for a suitable candidate if they have no prior experience working with radioactive materials.
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.
Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science supporting several national security missions. 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 Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group supports both operational missions and R&D efforts in bioassay, nuclear forensics, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, treaty monitoring, and weapons programs. Basic research is conducted in areas of radiochemistry, radiometric measurements, materials characterization, mass spectrometry, nuclear chemistry and physics, spectroscopy, and actinide chemistry. Programmatic work supported by C-NR includes maintenance and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, nuclear forensics, international safeguards, nuclear nonproliferation, treaty monitoring, and bioassay monitoring. C-NR addresses immediate to long-term mission needs for sponsors, and has established capabilities and facilities for handling and characterizing radiological materials over a wide range of radioactivity levels.
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)
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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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.
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.
Vacancy Name: IRC82415
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
Req ID: IRC82415