Hydrothermal Geochemist Postdoc | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Hydrothermal Geochemist Postdoc

What You Will Do

Are you looking to increase your hydrothermal geochemistry skills while solving problems of national importance? The Earth Systems Observation Group (EES-14) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in experimental mineralogy/geochemistry. The selected individual will work in multidisciplinary teams that perform experiments under a range of geochemical conditions to answer questions relevant to one or more of the following focus areas:
  • Laboratory research in the field of nuclear waste repository science
  • Design and function of geologic repositories for spent nuclear fuel and waste
  • Stability of engineered barrier materials (e.g., bentonite clay, shale/granite host rock, cement) at elevated temperatures and pressures
  • Impact of radiation on materials performance, including gas generation and permeability changes
  • Understand and manipulate mineral stability and water-rock interaction potentially generated in repository scenarios
  • Will be evaluated using geochemical modelling software (e.g., EQ3/6, PHREEQC, or Geochemists Workbench)
  • Thermodynamic and structural characterization of nuclear waste forms with special emphasis on calorimetry
  • Chemistry under extreme conditions of engineered barrier systems

Candidates will work collaboratively with a team of scientist who share your enthusiasm for laboratory work and creative problem solving/innovation. Together we will enable you to publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present your work at high profile 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. LANL is a diverse organization, and we encourage applicants with a diverse background.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • PhD in a geoscience field
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written, graphical, and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively in a team

Education/Experience: PhD in Geoscience, or related field within 5 years or will have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at conferences
  • The ability to work through problems using innovation/creative problem solving
  • Laboratory experience measuring and identifying mineral phases (XRF, XRD, SEM, TEM)
  • strong background in geochemical modeling and broad experience in analytical techniques is preferred.
  • experience in the workings of various hydrothermal experimental reactors,
  • experience with mineralogy and crystal chemistry of oxides, aluminosilicates, and clays
  • experience in in high temperature aqueous geochemistry, water-rock interaction, and/or phase equilibria studies
  • knowledge of metamorphic petrology
  • 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 cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. No applicant is expected to have all the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. Applicants will be screened immediately. Candidates with questions can contact Florie Caporuscio (floriec@lanl.gov).

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.
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