Analytical Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Analytical Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group (C-CDE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person for the position of Analytical Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate. C-CDE is an applied technology organization focusing on weapons materials characterization, surveillance, and manufacturing; applied and basic energy sciences; threat reduction; and the environment. C-CDE integrates and applies technologies using scientific expertise in Analytical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Microbiology, Explosives, Chemical Process Development and/or Chemical Engineering. C-CDE engages in Laboratory missions including material characterization and development, weapons support, and environmental mitigation. The highly interdisciplinary nature of these activities requires scientists and engineers who can seamlessly operate among traditional academic disciplines.The successful applicant will work both collaboratively and independently on C-CDE projects.

The successful Postdoctoral Research Associate candidate will be responsible for conducting independent research across several scientific disciplines. Projects will support research and development related to analytical chemistry and uranium analysis. The successful candidate will apply scientific principles and methods to solve complicated technical problems; develop novel techniques or principles; analyze and interpret data. The position will require direct interface with colleagues and sponsors, and the preparation of proposals, manuscripts, and reports.

Responsibilities for the selected candidate may include:
  • Apply and develop a variety of chemical and physical characterization techniques such as ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS, ESI-MS, LIBS, GC-MS, XPS, Gamma Spectroscopy, etc.
  • Conduct research to determine reaction mechanisms of gas/solid phase interfaces including uranium metal corrosion.
  • Radiochemical separation techniques (ion exchange).
  • Develop fiber optically coupled laser induced breakdown spectroscopy system for uranium analysis in inert gloveboxes.
  • Design novel ambient and vacuum pressure systems to study gas diffusion and transport.
  • Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong analytical chemistry background/experience.
  • Proven ability applying fundamental scientific and/or engineering concepts to lead a project from conception to development and execution, with follow-on plans for future work.
  • Proven self-motivator and technical leader.
  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and organize, and work efficiently under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Documented record of working safely and responsibly in a scientific laboratory.

Education: A Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, chemistry, materials science or a related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within five years of completion of the Ph.D. Candidates may also have previous experience including postdoctoral experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and conducting experiments with radiological materials or sources.
  • Comfortable with hands-on troubleshooting of equipment.
  • Experience with instrumentation such as ICP-MS, LIBS, GC-MS, and/or XPS

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:
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 more information on the Postdoc Program go to .
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.

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

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

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