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Los Alamos National Laboratory Organic/Nucleoside Chemist Postdoc Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group of Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to perform research in synthetic organic chemistry and in particular syntheses of nucleoside analogs.

The successful candidate will focus on the synthesis of novel nucleosides, fluorescent nucleotide analogues, nucleotide oligomers to include all characterization with spectroscopic methods.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry with extensive experience in a broad range of chemical reactions and purification methods by HPLC.

  • Experience in characterization of organic compounds by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

  • Demonstrated communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and the application cover letter with demonstrated independent problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment in a shared laboratory space. This includes interactions with chemistry and biology colleagues (internal and external) in a highly interdisciplinary project.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in molecule synthesis, multi-step synthesis, molecular design, and retrosynthetic analysis.

  • Expertise in chemistry and photophysics of fluorophores

  • Expertise in mass spectrometry

  • DNA monomer and oligomer synthesis experience

Education: A PhD in Chemistry or related field is required. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Notes to Applicants:

Interested applicants are required to apply online and upload a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening. Additionally, applicants may email a copy of their resume to Dr. Ruilian Wu at ruilian@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.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information to 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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Contact Details
Contact Name Lopez, Alexine F C (Alexine)
Email alexinel@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC75955
Organization Name B-11/Bioenergy and Biome Sciences
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Req ID: IRC75955
Category: Postdoc