Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc - Subsurface Gas Storage | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Experimental Geochemistry Postdoc - Subsurface Gas Storage

What You Will Do

Put your experimental geochemistry talents to good use by joining our world-class R&D team! The Earth Systems Observation Group (EES-14) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for two postdoctoral research associates with experience experimentally exploring subsurface gas storage (carbon dioxide, hydrogen, methane, etc.). You will work as part of a team investigating transport, reaction and geochemistry of gases at subsurface reservoir conditions for application to key LANL missions, including energy security. Candidates will work collaboratively with a team of scientists and should bring their enthusiasm for laboratory work and creative problem solving/innovation. 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.

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

Education: 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:
  • Experience analyzing, interpreting, and/or modeling fluid-solid geochemical reactions (thermodynamics and kinetics)
  • Experience characterizing geochemical reactions by applying microscopic/spectroscopic techniques (SEM, Raman spectroscopy, etc.) to observe reaction products
  • Experience designing and running experiments at elevated temperature and pressure conditions
  • Experience with triaxial coreflood systems to measure rock fracture processes and fluid flow through fractures
  • Enthusiasm for new science and collaborating across disciplines
  • The ability to work through problems using innovation/creative problem solving
  • Experience or exposure to proposal development and writing

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:

The application package consists of a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications, if applicable. In addition to applying online, applicants may email their CV and cover letter to Chelsea Neil (cwneil@lanl.gov). No applicant is expected to have all of 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 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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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.Employment StatusFull Time