Plasmonic Nanomaterials Scientist 2 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Plasmonic Nanomaterials Scientist 2

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invites outstanding candidates for an experimental scientist position in the Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials (NPON) thrust. CINT is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscience to a worldwide community of users. Scientific thrusts in CINT include: Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials; Quantum Materials Systems; Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials; and In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics. Additional information on the user facility is available at

The successful candidate will perform scientific research both independently and collaboratively with CINT users, in areas related to the NPON thrust's research themes including design, fabrication, and characterization of metamaterials and nanoplasmonics, optical characterization of nanomaterials and nanostructures, and integration of active nanomaterials and nanostructures. The candidate must have a strong background in micro- and nano-fabrication as well as nanomaterial integration. Expertise in experimental metamaterials and nanoplasmonics is highly desirable. Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to develop collaborative relationships with both CINT users and other CINT scientists, particularly in micro- and nano-fabrication. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with sponsors to develop and contribute to other fundamental and applied research programs. Taken together, the position requires an independently driven and team-oriented scientist.

The position will be supported at 50% by the CINT program, and the other 50% will come from other research programs. The successful candidate will reside either in the CINT Core facility at Albuquerque, NM, or in CINT Gateway at Los Alamos, NM.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience performing high-impact research focused on experimental work in the areas of nanophotonics;
  • Extensive experience in micro- and nano-fabrication in clean room environment;
  • Record of scientific research achievements (publications, citations, presentations, intellectual properties) in the areas of metamaterials and nanophotonics;
  • Outstanding verbal and writing skills, communicating and working well with others in a strong teamwork environment.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Ph.D. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, Optical Engineering, or related discipline.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in design, fabrication, and characterization of metamaterial and nanoplasmonic structures;
  • A variety of fabrication techniques and processing developments, including photolithography, e-beam lithography, metal and dielectric film deposition, 2D material and film transfer, wet and dry etching, etc.
  • Experience in integration of nanomaterials and nanostructures;
  • Experience in characterization of nanomaterials and nanostructures, such as scanning electron microscopy, ellipsometry, and ultrafast optical spectroscopy;
  • Experience in numerical simulation of nanoplasmonic and metasurface structures;
  • Experience working with or at a national user facility.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM, and also require to work regularly in Albuquerque, 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.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.
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 maternity 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.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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