Postdoctoral Research Associate - Probing Ultrafast Structural and Electronic Phase Transitions at X-ray Free Electron Laser Sources | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Probing Ultrafast Structural and Electronic Phase Transitions at X-ray Free Electron Laser Sources

What You Will Do

We are seeking outstanding candidates to fill a postdoctoral opening at the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials and Optical Science (LUMOS), within the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This position is part of a collaboration between LANL, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where a successful candidate will be jointly supervised by principal investigators at both institutions. This position will focus on ultrafast optical, terahertz, and X-ray spectroscopy of quantum materials, with a particular emphasis on using intense terahertz pulses to drive structural and electronic phase transitions within these materials. Systems of interest include strongly correlated electron systems, topological materials, multiferroics and 2D van der Waals systems. On-site experimental facilities include several amplified femtosecond laser systems with wavelengths tunable from soft X-ray to THz frequencies, high field superconducting magnets, scanning probe microscopy setups, and an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy system. Additional experiments will also be performed at national user facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source and the Linac Coherent Light Source. A successful candidate will be located at the LUMOS labs in Los Alamos but can expect frequent travel to user facilities and MIT.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Expertise in one or more of the following areas:

o Ultrafast optical spectroscopy

o High field THz spectroscopy

o Time-resolved x-ray diffraction and scattering

o Time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy

o Strong background in condensed matter physics.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in a relevant field completed within the last 5 years or to be completed soon.

Desired Qualifications:

• 2D Coherent Spectroscopy

• Data analysis/modeling using MATLAB, Igor Pro, or an equivalent program.

• A strong background in fundamental physical processes of strongly correlated electron materials

• Ability to work independently.

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: Contact Nicholas Sirica ( and Keith Nelson ( about this position.
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

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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.
Employment StatusFull Time