Aerosol Science Postdoc | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Aerosol Science Postdoc

What You Will Do

Put your expertise in atmospheric chemistry to use solving important national problems. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security that includes climate and energy. You will work in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division and will be primarily engaged with the Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystem Sciences Team. Our diverse team uses state-of-the-art instruments to measure aerosols and atmospheric trace gases in the laboratory and the field. Our team will support and enrich your research and professional goals through our outstanding breadth and depth of expertise in our respective fields. You will be expected to publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present your work at conferences. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

We seek one candidate interested in developing and applying skills related to aerosol measurements. Your research may include:

• Collect and analyze aerosol chemical data using a soot-particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS) and/or single particle soot photometer (SP2).

o Conduct laboratory experiments on absorbing aerosols from different sources.

o Field deployment to U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) sites.

o Bulk and single particle SP-AMS data collection.

o Application of machine learning to complex data analysis.

• Aerosol emission and aging studies under controlled combustion environments.

o Tube furnace, aerosol instrument and oxidation flow reactor user.

o Data analysis and aerosol box modeling.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in a STEM field
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at conferences.
  • An ability to work in a diverse team environment.
  • An ability to work on two concurrent projects and demonstrate effective time management

Education/Experience: Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a STEM field or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Research experience in atmospheric chemistry, environmental engineering or experimental physics.
  • Experience making lab and field measurements of aerosols.
  • Programing experience for merging data sets and data analysis (Igor, Python, R, etc.)
  • An ability to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires U.S Citizenship
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.
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Note to Applicants:
Applicants must submit their materials through LANL's job portal: In addition, we ask that you also email your CV and a cover letter expressing your interest, earliest start date, and how you meet the requirements of the position to No applicant is expected to have all the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

LANL postdoctoral researchers start with a minimum annual salary of $92,000. Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Director's, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about the application processes and LANL fellowships refer to the LANL Postdoctoral Program page.
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 childbirth 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)
Additional Details

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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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time