Postdoc on Quantum Materials under Uniaxial and Hydrostatic Pressure: Strongly Correlated Electron Team

What You Will Do

The Strongly Correlated Electron Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an immediate opening for up to two postdoctoral positions with an emphasis on the characterization of quantum materials under uniaxial stress and hydrostatic pressure. Characterization techniques include electrical and thermal transport, specific heat, ac susceptibility, and polar Kerr effect measurements at cryogenic temperatures. Our multifaceted and collaborative team also include capabilities in sample growth, device fabrication, and high-field measurements. Our goal is to explore new physics through new materials, and our interests for this postdoc position include (but are not limited to): topological matter, flat-band systems, heavy-fermion physics, low-dimensional physics, and unconventional superconductivity. The successful applicant will benefit not only from a highly interactive environment within our team but also from the close proximity to the NHMFL pulsed magnetic field facility, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT), and the theoretical condensed matter group at Los Alamos. We seek highly motivated individuals who are passionate about physics to develop and explore new ideas on quantum materials. Any inquiries about this specific opening and other opportunities within our group are welcome and should be sent to

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A strong background in experimental condensed matter physics
  • The ability to communicate effectively with peers and supervisors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • The ability to work independently, creatively, and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated abilities in writing peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in one of the following areas:

    o Basic characterization (e.g., electrical and thermal transport, magnetization, and specific heat) of poly- and single crystals

    o Uniaxial and hydrostatic pressure cells

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Physics completed within the past five years or soon to be completed is required. The candidate will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong background in the physics of f-electron materials
  • Measurements at cryogenic temperatures
  • Experience writing programs for data collection and analysis

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.

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. Starting salary for a new graduate is currently $92,000. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at .

Note to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. In addition to applying on-line, please submit a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 potential references to Priscila Rosa ( Please include a cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates; Work experience; Competitive honors; Relevant extracurricular activities; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; References. 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

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 (PTO 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. 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.