Metallography Post Bachelors Student

What You Will Do

The Dynamic and Quasi-Static Loading Experimental Team of Materials Physics and Application Division (MPA) specializes in deformation and damage quantification, across dynamic and quasi-static strain rates and a wide range of temperatures, with emphasis on its linkage to processing and mechanical properties. This is done to provide experimental support to advance the physics of damage models for weapons applications. The team operates with both an eye on relevance to the weapons program as well as fundamental science to stimulate intellectual growth, remain state of the art, and attract sustainable talent.

As a post-bachelor's research assistant, you will be an integral member of a team tackling a variety of microstructure characterization and data management challenges. You will work with a mentor and will be responsible for your own independent research. You will be expected to develop techniques to effectively perform your work in a variety of situations and will collaborate with other researchers on focused experiments. Immediate needs are for candidates with optical and/or electron microscopy experience that can assist in the characterization of deformed metals and alloys.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Technical writing skills, such as writing research summaries.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.
  • Completed coursework or research experience in one of the disciplines outlined above

Education/Experience: B.S. in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Materials Engineering or related field within the last 3 years and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated and independent researcher who has demonstrated experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Experience with computer codes such as Python, or Matlab.
  • Drafting experience and familiarity with engineering drawings, dimensioning, and tolerance.
  • Hands on physical research experience, especially in the area of metallographic sample preparation

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Note to Applicants:

When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, please submit the following:
  • A cover letter summarizing your skills, research areas of interest, and desire to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the following information: education, major, GPA, relevant work experience, relevant technical skills
  • A list of professional references
Where You Will Work

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

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