Synthetic Chemist Post Bachelor Student | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Synthetic Chemist Post Bachelor Student

What You Will Do

In search of a highly talented and motivated Post Baccalaureate researcher with a strong background in nanomaterials or molecular synthesis. Overall, research is motivated by the broad goal to discover, develop and apply new functional (optical, magnetic, plasmonic, quantum) colloidal nanomaterials or hybrid inorganic-organic framework materials. The successful applicant will demonstrate an aptitude and willingness to directly participate in a dynamic research group by conducting synthesis, surface functionalization and assembly of semiconductor quantum dots, and evaluating their optical properties. The postbac would employ standard air-sensitive handling equipment, e.g., Schlenk line, thin-film preparation tools (e.g., spin coater, Langmuir-Blodgett trough), and optical spectrometers. The successful candidate will do this work in collaboration with the synthesis team, as well as engaging with staff scientists, postdocs and students in other areas involving advanced characterization and nanomaterials applications.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Strong chemical synthesis skills using air-sensitive handling techniques applied to nanocrystal, supramolecular, or metal-organic framework synthesis
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and effectively execute new laboratory skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to grow as a researcher and make significant contributions to ongoing research programs

Education/Experience: B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, with an emphasis on inorganic, organic or materials chemistry, completed within the last 3 years and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Direct experience with semiconductor quantum dots
  • Direct experience with colloidal nanomagnets
  • Experience with nanocrystal self-assembly
  • Experience with metal-organic framework chemistry
  • Experience with optical and structural characterization techniques
  • Experience with planning and executing of complex, multistep reactions

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

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Note to Applicants:
  • Contact Jennifer Hollingsworth ( directly about this position.
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation are required.

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.

Additional Details

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