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Los Alamos National Laboratory Soft Materials R&D Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC70002


Job Title Soft Materials R&D Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name MST-7/Engineered Materials

What You Will Do

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) provides multidisciplinary expertise in materials science ranging from polymers and foams to target fabrication and materials discovery. This expertise is focused on delivering technology solutions for national security missions. The group has great breadth and depth in many aspects of Polymer Science and Engineering, such as a strong coatings capability, including physical and chemical vapor deposition, a suite of polymer Additive Manufacturing instrumentation, and extensive Characterization and Forensics capabilities. In particular, MST-7 applies an extensive knowledge of chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering to study matter under various environmental and extreme conditions relevant to our customers. MST-7 is involved in many research programs, such as inertial confinement fusion, nuclear weapons programs, including core and enhanced surveillance, directed stockpile and lifetime extension programs, global security, homeland defense, and civilian applications of materials technologies. MST-7 personnel include scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians and administrative support personnel, who team within the group and with other organizations to fulfill our various missions.

The Engineered Materials Group (MST-7) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for the position of R&D Scientist (2-3) with a focus on research and development of soft materials, including polymers, composites, and foams, under a range of conditions. The successful candidate will specifically conduct fundamental and applied research in polymers and polymer compositesusing multiple data sources, which include imaging, thermal analysis, mechanical testing and spectroscopy.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 2 ($89,900-$148,300)

  • Actively participate in research and development efforts with the goal of understanding the behavior of frequently anisotropic materials, and how such behavior changes during prolonged service.

  • Collaborate with other organizations within LANL and the broader scientific communities (academia and industry) to extend this understanding to prediction of performance in a system environment.

  • Focus on integrating research and development solutions to achieve maximum impact on strategic national security priorities; including nuclear weapons, energy, conventional defense, nonproliferation, and environmental challenges.

Scientist 3 ($98,900-$165,100)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Formulate research programs to solve problems focused on materials performance and aging performance. These programs will be developed from initial idea through final reports/publications.

  • Serve as a technical leader in a focused area at LANL and nationally through scientific organizations, technical panels, or across the nuclear weapons complex.

  • Guide and mentor students, postdocs, and junior staff members.

What You Need

Qualifications We Require:

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Ph.D. completed in chemistry, materials science, physics, or a related field.

  • Demonstrated technical experience in materials science of soft materials such as polymers, composites, and foams.

  • In depth knowledge of materials science and characterization techniques such as TGA, DSC, NMR, IR, DMA, compression testing, and/or rheology.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by publications and scientific presentations.

  • Demonstrated experience leading the development of technical products such as journal articles, reports, presentations, concept papers, and/or patents.

  • Demonstrated experience mentoring technical personnel, including Ph.D. students, M.S. students, technicians, and technologists.

  • Demonstrated experience in proposal development including proposal writing and managing projects and budgets.

  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team environment as well as independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals are viewed favorably.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 level requ i res:

  • Proven proficiency forming and directing multi-disciplinary collaborations between experimentalists and modelers.

  • Demonstrated ability to grow successful new projects, including management of tasks, budget and schedule.

  • Demonstrated ability to set, approve, and direct technical solutions for advanced materials engineering challenges.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in forming and developing proposals, collaborations, and business opportunities.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Familiarity with the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration program structure.

  • Experience with project management including budget and milestone development and execution.

  • Familiarity with aging mechanisms in polymeric and polymer composite materials.

  • Experience in production and manufacturing science.

  • Familiarity with additive manufacturing methods and in situ process diagnostics.

Notes to Applicants:

  • Occasional (domestic and/or international) travel will be required

  • In addition to a comprehensive resume, applicants should submit a cover letter describing how they fulfil the required and desired skills.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). 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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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

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.

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Email jstandifer@lanl.gov

Work Telephone 505-665-6726

Req ID: IRC70002