Materials Science Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) has great opportunities for outstanding candidates to join our effort in the growth and characterization of functional thin film materials and devices. Functional properties characterizations including device characterization and low temperature transport are critical skills. Experience in reflection high-energy electron diffraction, synchrotron experiments or LabVIEW will be a plus. The growth/characterization tools available within in the team include pulsed laser deposition systems, sputtering, laser molecular beam epitaxy systems, thin film X-ray diffraction, electronic device characterization tools, physical properties measurement system etc. Other synthesis, nanofabrication and characterization facilities are available at Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT, http://cint.lanl.gov/). CINT is a Department of Energy, Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) funded national user facility, jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Candidates are expected to collaborate with scientists at different organizationsto perform cutting-edge materials science research which supports Laboratory missions and maintains Laboratory Excellence in Science and Technology.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics or related fields completed within the last FIVE years or soon to be completed is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by writing and/or editing technical journals, papers or proposals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated by experience with public speaking (speaking at conferences, workshop, seminar, etc); experience presenting technical information and data to upper management or others in the scientific community.
  • Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals and requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have an experimental background and an exceptionally strong publication record in one or more of the following areas:
  • Experimental material physics
  • Thin film synthesis
  • Magnetism and low temperature transport
  • Device measurement and characterization
  • Microstructure characterization
  • Nanofabrication

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 $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Note to Applicants: Interested candidates should send a full CV with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three potential references to Dr. Aiping Chen, apchen@lanl.gov

Where You Will Work

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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.

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.

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