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 Separations Science: the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group (MPA-11) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to join a multi-disciplinary team with on-going research efforts in fundamental and applied separations science and engineering. Our projects range from developing novel chemical systems for improved separations or novel contactors for efficient separations, to flowsheet testing and evaluation and scale-up testing. Active areas of research include CO2 capture, critical materials separations (including rare earth elements), heavy metal waste treatment, radioisotope purification, and actinide separations. We also utilize a broad variety of separations techniques including solvent extraction, ion exchange, chromatography, absorption, precipitation/crystallization, and electrochemical separations (e.g., electrophoresis or electrorefining). Research opportunities include developing the underlying science to understand and improve these techniques, modeling the chemical and transport phenomena in separations processes, designing/building/testing separations equipment, scale-up testing, and process modeling, simulation and optimization. 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:
  • Experimental or modeling experience with one or more of the separations techniques mentioned above such as absorption, solvent extraction, ion exchange, chromatography, precipitation/crystallization, and electrochemical separations (e.g., electrophoresis or electrorefining)
  • Excellent publication record in the field of required expertise
  • Demonstrated record of working safely in chemical laboratories (for experimentalists)
  • Expert command of spoken and written English
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment
  • Strong motivation and ability to work independently
  • Ability to plan and organize assignments and meet project deadlines
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship) and HRP certification

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

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in the area of CO2 capture, particularly from flue gas or directly from air, or acid gas treating
  • Experience in the area of rare earth or other critical materials separations
  • Experience in the area of actinide separations or radioisotope purification
  • Experience in the area of water de-salination or waste-water purification
  • Experience in chromatographic separations
  • Experience with electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry, amperometry, impedance spectroscopy, electrorefining, etc.
  • Proficiency with characterizing solid-state compounds or solutions using techniques such as FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis-NIR, fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and/or electrochemical techniques.
  • Experience with fabrication and/or testing of microfluidic devices
  • Experience with the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids or metal-organic frameworks
  • Experience with the handling, synthesis and characterization of compounds containing actinides and/or transuranic elements, radioisotopes, or other hazardous materials
  • Proficiency with radioanalytical techniques such as alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counting
  • Experience in process modeling and simulation with AspenPlus or other process simulation software
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance

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 George Goff 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.
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

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.
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.
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