Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Postdoc | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Postdoc

What You Will Do

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.

Postdoctoral Position in Actinide Chemistry: The Actinide Chemistry Team in the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11) group is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to apply to join a multi-disciplinary team with on-going research in fundamental and applied actinide chemistry and materials science. Research opportunities include developing novel lanthanide and actinide separations chemistry, developing and implementing analytical techniques for characterizing actinide solution species and solid-state compounds, and applications of ionic liquids and molten salts to actinide science and separations. Candidates are expected to publish the results of their research in the open literature and present their work at relevant conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship)
  • Demonstrate experience with conventional separations techniques such as solvent extraction and/or ion exchange
  • Demonstrate familiarity with characterizing solid-state compounds and/or solutions using techniques such as FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis-NIR, ion chromatography, fluorescence spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and/or electrochemical techniques.
  • Demonstrate record of working safely in chemical laboratories
  • Demonstrate expert command of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate excellent publication record in the field of required expertise
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment
  • Demonstrate strong motivation and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrate ability to plan and organize assignments and meet project deadlines

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with the handling, synthesis and characterization of compounds containing actinides and/or transuranic elements, radioisotopes, or other hazardous materials
  • Experience in the area of rare earth or other critical materials separations
  • Experience in the area of actinide separations or radioisotope purification
  • Design, synthesis, and characterization of extractants or chemical systems for f-element separations
  • Experience with fabrication and/or testing of microfluidic devices
  • Experience with the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids or metal-organic frameworks
  • Experience with radioanalytical techniques such as alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counting
  • Proficiency with working in positive- and/or negative-pressure gloveboxes

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:
  • For additional information, please contact Janelle Droessler at
  • Exceptional candidates may be considered for named postdoctoral fellowship appointments such as the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship, G.T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellowship, or the Frederick Reines Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Sciences.
  • For general information, refer to the Postdoctoral Program page.

To apply, use the "Apply" button and submit a resume, publications list and a cover letter outlining current research interests. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.
Where You Will Work

The Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group (MPA-11), conducts basic and applied research in areas related to applied energy programs and a variety of problems relevant to the weapons program. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory's missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.

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 (paid sick, vacation, 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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time