Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

The Actinide Analytical Chemistry Group (C-AAC) of the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will work with Applications Research and Development Team in C-AAC to help implement and expand Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) capabilities in the study of actinide materials to support production goals. An ideal candidate will have strong experimental and instrumentation skills in both analytical chemistry and optical spectroscopy. In this position, the candidate will apply scientific principles and methods to solve complicated technical problems; develop novel techniques or principles; analyze and interpret data.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong technical background in one or more of the following areas: physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, radiochemistry, material science, or optical spectroscopy.
  • Demonstrated experience in optical spectroscopy and analytical characterization techniques, for examples, LIBS, XRF, Raman, UV-Vis, IR, SEM, TEM, Fluorescence, Mass Spectrometry.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience designing and conducting experiments.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by publications, presentations, and report development.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which usually requires US citizenship.

Education: The minimum requirement of a Ph.D. from an accredited program in physics, chemistry, material science or closely related field, earned within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or specialized training working with radioactive and nuclear materials.
  • Experience working in a glovebox within a radiological and/or nuclear facility.
  • Experience with laboratory equipment and instrumentation, including specification, assembly, testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Active Q clearance.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): The ability to discriminate speech, reading vision, walking, standing, bending, stooping, applying torque with hands and arms, gripping with the hands.

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: Regular For full consideration, please submit a comprehensive resume and cover letter reflective of your relevant experience to the job requirements and desired skills stated above. Evaluation of applicants will commence immediately.

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 .
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.

Q Clearance: 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.
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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.