Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

We are looking for outstanding candidates to fill multiple openings for experimental postdoctoral research associate positions in tabletop, soft x-ray spectroscopy and imaging of condensed phase materials. The postdoc projects are part a of a multidisciplinary collaboration between multiple scientists across divisions at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) doing static and ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy, chemical synthesis and thin-film growth, instrument design, coherent diffractive imaging, and theory to describe photo-physics and static shallow-core absorption spectra. The successful candidate(s) contribution to this work will be the daily operation of an existing higher order harmonic generation (HHG) light source and participation in the development of a new HHG soft x-ray light source. The postdoc(s) work will focus on static and ultrafast time-resolved absorption and/or emission spectroscopy in the extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray spectral ranges, building and running a coherent diffractive imaging setup, and ultimately combining spectroscopy and imaging for spectrally resolved imaging of different kinds of solid samples.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong hands-on, experimental background in one of these areas: higher order harmonic generation (HHG), soft x-ray spectroscopy, ultrafast optics, ultrafast spectroscopy or coherent diffractive imaging.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex experiments.
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Communication skills as evidenced by oral presentations at conferences.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic team environment.

Education: Must have received a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field within the last five years or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working with high vacuum systems, high power ultrafast laser systems (such as Ti:Sa and YAG multi-pass or regenerative laser systems), alignment of optical systems and/or computer interfacing to instruments and detectors.
  • Experience with Labview, Matlab and/or Python programming.
  • Experience with coordination chemistry or phase retrieval is a plus.

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:

In addition to applying online on the LANL jobs site qualified candidates can email a copy of your CV and cover letter, or any questions to Pamela Bowlan (
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)
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.

*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.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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.
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