Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Postdoc for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Postdoc for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems

What You Will Do

The Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES) Team has immediate openings for scientifically excellent postdoctoral research associates with emphasis on the investigation of quantum materials at ultra-low (dilution refrigerator) temperatures via specific heat and thermal transport measurements. Our multifaceted, highly collaborative, experimental team has capabilities in sample growth, characterization, device fabrication, and measurements under extreme conditions (high pressure, high fields, and low temperature). We explore new physics through new materials. Our interests for this project include (but are not limited to): quantum spin liquid, and quantum spin ice, topological matter, unconventional superconductivity, quantum criticality, heavy fermion physics, low dimensional physics, and new phases of matter. We seek highly motivated individuals who are passionate about physics to develop and explore new ideas on quantum materials and solid-state entanglement.

The SCES team is part of the Materials Physics and Applications Division's Quantum Group (MPA-Q). MPA-Q is a ~50-person, ~$25M, research and development organization focusing on the discovery, understanding, and exploitation of quantum phenomena in materials science, measurement, computation, and secure communications. Areas of research include: strongly correlated electronic and topological materials; condensed matter physics of actinide and f-electron systems; cold atom-based experiments using entanglement in quantum sensing, computing, and simulation; quantum-secured communication for national and energy security; and ultrasensitive magnetic field measurement and magnetic resonance techniques for basic research and applied science.

The successful applicant will benefit from the highly interactive environment within the SCES team, the R&D opportunities of the Quantum Group, collaborations with the nearby theoretical condensed matter group, and close proximity and tight connections with two scientific user facilities located at Los Alamos: the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT) and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory's Pulsed Field Facility (MPA-MagLab).

Any inquiries about this specific opening and other related opportunities are welcome and may be sent to roman@lanl.gov.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • A strong background in experimental condensed matter physics, materials science, quantum science, or related field
  • The ability to conduct scientific research, working independently, creatively, and as part of a team
  • Record of accomplishment and scientific publication commensurate with experience.
  • Expertise in one or more the following areas: quantum condensed matter physics, materials characterization, low-temperature physics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and the ability to communicate effectively across multiple levels of peers and supervisors
  • Ability and inclination to contribute to a wide range of basic research and mission science programs as needs and opportunities evolve with time

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Physics completed within the past five years or soon to be completed is required. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Strong background in the physics of f-electron materials
  • Experience in condensed-matter-physics sample characterization techniques, e.g., electrical transport, thermal transport, magnetization, and specific heat. Especially for single-crystal samples.
  • Measurements of materials properties under extreme conditions, e.g., cryogenic temperatures, high magnetic fields, high pressure
  • Use of pressure cells, e.g., piston-clamp, Bridgman, or diamond-anvil
  • Dilution refrigerator operation
  • Programming and data analysis in LabVIEW, Igor, or Origin

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.

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 $92,000. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Note to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. In addition to applying on-line, please submit a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 potential references to Roman Movshovich (roman@lanl.gov). Please include a cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired qualifications. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.
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 (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.

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.\

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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.