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Los Alamos National Laboratory Synthetic Organic Chemistry Postdoc for Explosive Applications in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74813


Job Title Synthetic Organic Chemistry Postdoc for Explosive Applications

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name M-7/HE Science and Technology

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What You Will Do

The High Explosives Science and Technology group is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to perform research in synthetic organic chemistry of high explosives.

The successful candidate will focus on the design and synthesis of novel high explosive molecules. Examples include the development of new structural motifs, including caged heterocyclic structures and other architectures. Basic spectroscopic characterization will be performed with the new materials, in addition to thermal stability, mechanical sensitivity, and explosive performance characterization. This work will lead to the potential for both publications in chemical journals as well as applications in projects with national security missions.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry with extensive experience in a broad range of chemical reactions.

  • Experience in characterization of organic compounds by NMR and IR spectroscopies.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment in shared laboratory space. This includes active interfacing with both experimental and computational colleagues (internal and external) to push forward results into publication format as well as modifying materials for practical applications.

Desired Skills

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

  • Expertise in mass spectrometry and single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

  • Willingness to handle sensitive high explosive materials in a rigorous safety environment. However, no previous high explosive handling experience is required – training will be provided.

  • Must be highly self-motivated to drive forward the research independently with their own creative ideas in addition to direction from the mentor.

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 must email a copy of their resume to David Chavez at dechavez@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 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.

Explosive Science and Shock Physics (M) Division is responsible for current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts. We support National Security through the invention and application of energetic materials and application of our static and dynamic compression science capability for understanding material response at extreme conditions to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs. The Division has a diverse portfolio of research, development, and application projects involving the dynamic properties of inert and reactive weapons materials including the physics of shock waves in inert and energetic materials, the molecular synthesis of novel energetic materials, the formulation of EM into engineered materials, the shock initiation and detonation physics of explosives, the response of explosives to various stimuli including electrical, chemical, mechanical, thermal, impact, shock and laser interactions, the development and small-scale application of unique energetic materials, and the diverse application of high-explosive driven pulsed-power (HEPP) systems.

M-7, the High Explosive Science & Technology Group, serves the Laboratory and nation by providing the knowledge base in high explosives (HE) testing for the Nuclear Weapons Program and other national security areas. The group specializes in a broad array of energetic materials science including development (synthesis and formulation) and testing of novel explosives, pilot plant production of explosive materials, advanced manufacturing of explosives, analytical chemistry of explosives and explosives ingredients, homemade explosives research and training, and special security projects.

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Req ID: IRC74813