Separations Postdoctoral Research Associate | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Separations Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do
Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world!!!

The Carbon Capture and Separations for Energy Applications (CaSEA) team of Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group (MPA-11) is seeking outstanding postdoc to join a multi-disciplinary team with on-going research efforts in fundamental and applied materials science and engineering. Active areas of research include: carbon capture, H2 production, O2 production, water purification, and critical materials separations (including isotopic separations); translation of novel membrane/sorbent chemistries to industrially relevant platforms (e.g., hollow fibers and thin films); separation system process design and techno-economic analysis; materials development and interrogation for national/global security applications (including highly filled polymers, heterogeneous catalysts, optically active materials, complex functional materials); materials/polymer formulation and processing via wet chemistry, solid compounding (extrusion), injection molding, 2D/3D printing methods. We engage in all aspects of materials development from macromolecule synthesis, materials formulation and characterization to materials translation into application specific platforms/shapes. We utilize a broad variety of synthetic/formulation methods including wet chemistry, photochemistry, resonant acoustic processing, solid compounding, and pyrolytic methods. Materials interrogation and characterization is conducted utilizing the vast resources available at LANL.

We are seeking candidates having experience in one or both research topics listed below.
  • Gas, vapor, and/or liquid separations preferably membrane and sorbent materials synthesis, processing, and evaluation under ideal and realistic process conditions. Proficiency with material and surface characterizing techniques including FTIR, Raman, UV-VIS-NIR, and fluorescence spectroscopy, XRD, SEM, TEM, GC-MS, and electrochemical techniques is highly desirable.
  • Novel clean energy production and water treatment process development, modeling and simulation, and techno-economic/life-cycle analysis including experience in programming platforms (e.g. Matlab or Python or Aspen).

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated experience performing work in a research-oriented environment (academic, government, or industrial),
  • A demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation records and letters of reference,
  • Good communication skills (both oral and written),
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team or independently in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to plan and organize assignments and meet project deadlines

Education/Experience: A PhD in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or other closely related discipline completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.
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: For additional information please contact Raj Singh at
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

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.

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