Post Bachelor Student

What You Will Do

In search of a highly talented and motivated Post Baccalaureate researcher with a strong background in synthetic chemistry. In particular, experience with molecular synthesis or organic-inorganic hybrid materials (e.g., metal- and covalent-organic frameworks, MOFs and COFs) synthesis are particularly sought. Overall, research is motivated by the broad goal to discover, develop and apply new functional (optical, magnetic, plasmonic, quantum) hybrid inorganic-organic framework materials. The successful applicant will demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to directly participate in a dynamic research group by conducting synthesis, postsynthetic modification of hybrid framework materials, and evaluating their optical properties. The postbac would employ standard air-sensitive handling equipment, e.g., Schlenk line, thin-film preparation tools (e.g., spin coater, Langmuir-Blodgett trough), and optical spectrometers. The successful candidate will do this work in collaboration with the synthesis team, as well as engaging with staff scientists, postdocs and students in other areas involving advanced characterization and nanomaterials applications.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong chemical synthesis skills using air-sensitive handling techniques applied to organometallic complexes, supramolecular, or metal-organic framework synthesis
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and effectively execute new laboratory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to grow as a researcher and make significant contributions to ongoing research programs

Education/Experience: B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, with an emphasis on inorganic, organic or materials chemistry, completed within the last 3 years and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with molecular synthesis
  • Experience with metal-organic framework chemistry
  • Experience with postsynthetic modification of MOFs/COFs
  • Experience with optical and structural characterization techniques
  • Experience with planning and executing of complex, multistep reactions

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.

Note to Applicants:
  • Contact Ekaterina Dolgopolova ( directly about this position.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation are required.
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.
  • 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)

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating the 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.

No Clearance: 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. 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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