Synthetic Chemist Postdoc

What You Will Do

Multiple positions are available (starting immediately) for highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers with rigorous backgrounds in synthetic chemistry. In particular, significant experience with nanomaterials or organic-inorganic hybrid materials (e.g., metal- and covalent- organic frameworks, MOFs and COFs) synthesis are particulary sought. A key aim of the research will be development, synthesis, characterization and device integration of a these classes of materials targeting emergent photonic, magnetic and/or quantum properties with atomic precision, taking advantage of the interplay between chemistry, structure and function. The selected postdocs will have the opportunity to engage with a dynamic, multidisciplinary experimental and theoretical research team that bridges fundamental science with application and results-oriented device development and integration. The postdocs will have access to a suite of existing synthesis, integration, and characterization tools (e.g., infrastructure for air-sensitive handling protocol, automated reactor system, thin-film fabrication tools). They would be able to access a suite of fabrication tools and expertise, as well as X-ray and neutron scattering, electron microscopy and single-nanostructure optical spectroscopy/imaging, via the strongly collaborative environment in which they will work, including other postdoctoral researchers, research technologists and scientific staff.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong synthesis experience with organometallic, organic and inorganic synthesis
  • Chemical synthesis skills using air-sensitive handling techniques
  • Experience with a range of optical and structural characterization techniques
  • Strong chemical intuition and creativity
  • Strong background in chemical synthesis method development
  • A strong publication record
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team
  • Ability to work productively on multiple projects

Education: Ph.D. in inorganic, organic or materials chemistry or related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Synthesis and postsynthetic modification of metal- and covalent-organic frameworks
  • Organometallic complexes synthesis
  • Development of thin films of organic/inorganic hybrid materials
  • Experience with crystal growth and X-ray crystallography
  • Advanced optical and structural characterization techniques
  • Planning and execution of complex, multistep reactions
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

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:

  • Contact Ekaterina Dolgopolova ( directly about this position.
  • A cover letter, CV and 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. The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy, Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) and National User Facility jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories that focuses on cutting-edge nanoscale integration science.

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.