Electrochemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

The Electrochemistry and Corrosion Team is seeking postdoctoral candidates to work on a range of fundamental and applied research projects focusing on electrodeposition. You will be an integral member of a team tackling a variety of electrochemistry challenges supporting national security. Research opportunities include electrodeposition from non-traditional electrolytes (crowded solvents, water-in-salt electrolytes, organic solvents) and electropolymerization. An interest in COMSOL modelling and FEA is desirable. Specific project goals will stem from the candidate's interest, the mission needs within the team, and the availability of funding.

A postdoctoral researcher is expected to help guide the overall technical direction of their project(s) with their mentor. Candidates should be capable of conducting independent research in small teams and be able to communicate their findings in such a way that enables future application. The position will also require working with potentially toxic and radioactive materials.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated strong background in fundamental and/or applied electrochemistry.
  • Hands on physical research experience, especially in the areas of electrochemistry, corrosion science, and surface characterization techniques.
  • Ability to work successfully in a complex regulatory environment and complex experimental facility.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) as demonstrated by experience presenting research results at technical conferences and authoring peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Experience in statistical experimental design, execution, and analysis
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which normally requires U.S. Citizenship

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, or a related field completed within the last five years, or soon to be completed, is required.

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. Starting salary for a new graduate is currently $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Desired Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated and independent researcher who has demonstrated experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Familiarity with SEM, XRD, NMR, Raman, and other materials characterization techniques.
  • Some experience with materials informatics, image processing, and/or high-throughout experimentation is a plus.
  • Experience with COMSOL modelling and/or FEA is a plus.

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Note to Applicants:
  1. When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, the following are required for the submission.
  2. A cover letter summarizing your skills, research areas of interest, and desire to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  3. A curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the following information: education, major, GPA, relevant work experience, relevant technical skills.
  4. A list of professional references
Where You Will Work

Sigma Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing manufacturing science and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. The Division is a service-oriented capability that supports a broad customer base, both internal and external to LANL, with high quality, one of a kind prototype components. The work ranges from unclassified to TS/SCI level security and covers all materials from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic chart.

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 (PTO 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.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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, 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.