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


Job Title RadChem Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry

What You Will Do

The Nuclear and Radiochemistry (C-NR) group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position in the Nuclear Chemistry team, which specializes in the study of neutron-induced nuclear reactions (fission, capture, etc.) supporting a number of national security programs. Responsibilities will include experimental research and development in the areas of radiochemistry, separations chemistry, actinide chemistry and target fabrication and characterization for nuclear physics experiments. Successful candidates will join a team of chemists and physicists to conduct fundamental research that addresses needs for stockpile stewardship, threat reduction and global security.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements (skills necessary to do the job):

  • Demonstrated practical laboratory experience in safely working with radioactive materials (alpha and beta/gamma emitters)

  • Demonstrated practical laboratory experience with radiochemical separation methods such as ion exchange chromatography and solvent extraction;

  • Demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publications, presentations and letters of reference;

  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals;

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;

  • Demonstrated experience in applying fundamental scientific concepts to complex, multidisciplinary problems;

Desired Skills (skills that are nice to have, but not necessary)

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research, as evidenced by at least one first‐author paper submitted to or published in a peer‐reviewed journal;

  • Experience with radiometric counting techniques, instrumentation and data analysis/interpretation;

  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation and associated software controls for running low energy nuclear physics experiments;

Education Required: A recent PhD in radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, or a related field. 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 (If needed)

  • Successful candidates will be expected present their work at national/international conferences.

  • Successful candidates will be expected to publish the results of their work in an appropriate refereed journal.

  • Contacts: Evelyn Bond (bond@lanl.gov) or Todd Bredeweg ( toddb@lanl.gov )

Additional Details:

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.

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 .

For general information 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 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.

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Req ID: IRC71187