Los Alamos National Laboratory Powder Materials Processing Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Powder Materials Processing Team is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in composite fabrication to obtain targeted enhancement of thermophysical properties; e.g. increased thermal conductivity or strength. Composite applications are specifically targeted at high temperature applications. Systems of interest range from fiber reinforced to chemical vapor infiltration methods. The candidate will have experience with composite theory design and have demonstrated enhanced targeted properties of a system. The ideal candidate will have experience with tailoring the composite architecture to achieve the desired effect.
The successful candidate will serve as a member of the Powder Materials Processing team in the Sigma Division, reporting to the Powder Materials Processing Team Leader. Our team works in diverse areas including powder analysis, powder synthesis, powder handling, and powder consolidation of a wide variety of materials. The candidate will be able to work independently, develop analytical methods, keep records in laboratory notebooks, communicate effectively, and assist in reviewing documents essential for the operation of the facility. Performance of job responsibilities will involve exposure to hazards that include radiation generating devices, radioactive materials, acids/bases, organic solvents and other hazardous materials.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Ability to obtain Q‐clearance, which normally requires U.S. Citizenship.
Proven ability to meet tight schedules (time management), organize and prioritize tasks for effective accomplishment of project goals.
Hands-on experience with general chemical laboratory techniques.
Applicant must perform assigned tasks thoroughly to completion with a high attention to details with limited supervision.
Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact eﬀectively with technical and operations personnel.
Experience with Windows based PC operation and standard software applications (Microsoft Office) including data manipulation, and use of databases.
Ability and willingness to follow safety and security procedures.
Promote a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
Education: Position requires a PhD in Materials Science or related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.
Experience with powder handling and processing including dry pressing, cold isostatic pressing, vacuum heat treatment, hydride reaction, chemical purification and electrorefining.
Familiarity with other common powder fabrication methods is also desired; e.g. extrusion, slip casting, compaction, milling and powder synthesis (sol gel, co-precipitation, solid state, hydrothermal, etc.).
LabView and/or MathLab programming skill
Experience working in a radiological or nuclear facility
Experience installing and maintaining laboratory equipment
Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment and interact effectively with a variety of organizations.
Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.
An ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.
Experience writing proposals
Experience supervising others
Essential Job Functions: applying torque with hands or arms, fine motor control, lifting 30+ pounds, carrying 30+ pounds.
Note to Applicants: For full consideration, your application must include a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills and a resume.
Location: The position is physically located Los Alamos
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)
The Sigma Complex is a unique prototyping and fabrication facility that specializes in providing material, components, and manufacturing science to the Los Alamos experimental programs. The experimental mission spans the US nuclear weapons program, DOD, work with universities, Intelligence Agencies and many other customers. As part of this mission, Sigma Division works with a broad range of materials from stainless steel and aluminum, to special metals such as ceramics, uranium and beryllium.
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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. See DOE 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.
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
Vacancy Name: IRC86345
Organization Name SIGMA-1/Fabrication Manufacturing Science
Req ID: IRC86345