Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

We are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral candidate to carry out collaborative research in ultrafast nanophotonics and optoelectronics. This position will develop fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions and potential microelectronic and spintronic applications by exploiting plasmonic nanostructures and metasurfaces integrated with a variety of materials ranging from conventional semiconductors and magnetic materials to emerging two-dimensional quantum materials.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in micro- and nano-fabrication processes, tools, and metrology
  • Experience in optics and spectroscopy
  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievement through publications and presentations
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ability to conduct research independently.
Education: A PhD degree in experimental physics, electrical engineering, optical engineering or science, materials science, or a related field, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Expertise in ultrafast, nonlinear, and/or quantum optics
  • Experience in modeling photonic systems using FDTD and/or finite element methods
  • Experience in semiconductor physics, 2D electronic and quantum materials, and/or related topics
  • Experience in metamaterials and metasurfaces
  • Experience in optoelectronics and/or spintronics
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work in a collaborative group environment

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 $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at .

Note to Applicants:

  • The appointment is for 2 years, with a possible extension for the 3rd year.
  • Contact Hou-Tong Chen ( directly about this position.
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required.
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.