LAB-0C0046.Post Masters ST

What You Will Do

The Materials Science & Technology Group 8 is seeking a highly motivated post-master's student for the advanced characterization of metals using transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The student will have the opportunity to apply advanced characterization techniques including EBSD, 3D-EBSD, HR-EBSD, 4D-STEM to study the microstructural fingerprint of structural alloys and pure metals, gaining deeper insights into their deformation mechanisms. The student will utilize advanced analysis tools such as METIS3D, ATEX, and py4DSTEM for data interpretation. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, with good communication, documentation, and organizational skills. This work will support various national efforts in material characterization and development for extreme environments.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • 2 years of experience in operating a transmission electron microscope
  • Proficient knowledge in theory of transmission electron microscopy
  • 1 year of experience using a focused-ion-beam microscope to prepare TEM samples
  • 1 year of experience using a scanning electron microscope for advanced characterization including EBSD and HR-EBSD
  • Experience in metallographic preparation of metals for EBSD
  • Proficiency in one of the following coding languages: C++, Python, MATLAB

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with STEM imaging, nano-diffraction
  • Experience with HR-TEM
  • Experience with HR-EBSD analysis
  • Strong analytical skill with a programing language

Education: Master's degree in materials science or a related engineering discipline completed within the last 2 years.

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:

For technical questions related to this position contact Dr. Hi Vo (
Where You Will Work

LANL maintains world-class science and engineering programs in support of national interests in energy, information, and national security. To create and foster innovations in science, technology, and engineering, the Lab employs the best and brightest people and provides the environment to deliver system solutions for our country's needs, now and in the future. Los Alamos is situated in the foothills of the beautiful Jemez Mountains in Northern New Mexico and is a 30 minute drive away from Santa Fe.

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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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 or call 1-505-664-6947 option 2 and then option 3.