Ultrafast Optical Scientist 3/4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ultrafast Optical Scientist 3/4

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a national user facility funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscience to a worldwide community of users. CINT is jointly operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories and occupies facilities at both of these locations-the Gateway and the Core, respectively. Additional information on the user facility is available at https://cint.lanl.gov. This position is a LANL position within the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA).

The selected candidate will be a member of CINT's Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials (NPON) science thrust and will primarily focus on the discovery and characterization of emergent electromagnetic and quantum phenomena in optical nanomaterials and plasmonic and dielectric metamaterials. The position will also be strongly associated with the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials and Optical Science (LUMOS), a CINT-affiliated facility that is equipped with ultrafast laser systems that span a broad spectral range, from the far-infrared to the soft X-ray portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. These capabilities enable a multitude of ultrafast spectroscopic and imaging experiments to understand and control the interaction of photons with the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of materials on an ultrafast timescale.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience developing and executing research programs in the field of ultrafast optical science, as indicated by a strong track-record in obtaining independent funding and publishing in high-impact journals. This candidate will also have a strong background in designing and executing advanced ultrafast optical experiments. A desire to support collaborative research projects with CINT science users and to mentor postdocs and junior staff are also important attributes. Taken together, the position requires an independently driven and team-oriented scientist.

Scientist 3 $115,500 - $194,900
As a member of the MPA-CINT team, you will be expected to conduct cutting-edge research in ultrafast optics, discovering the emergent optical and quantum phenomena in low-dimensional (e.g., two-dimensional (2D)) and bulk materials using tailored light-matter interactions from far-infrared to visible to deep-ultraviolet frequencies. You will be responsible for advancing R&D in the areas of photonics, quantum materials, nano-plasmonics, and metamaterials. You will develop state-of-the-art ultrafast optical experimental capabilities that can be leveraged to answer long-standing scientific questions and support the CINT user community by discovering scientific and technological innovations.

Scientist 4 $138,700 - $240,500
In addition to what was outlined at the Scientist 3 level, at the Scientist 4 level the successful candidate is required to have demonstrated strong research leadership with national/international recognition, as evidenced by high impact publications (including review papers and book chapters), invited seminars, and conference/committee leadership. An ideal candidate should have demonstrated ability to build diverse teams and serve as an institutional-level technical leader and mentor. The candidate is expected to have the ability to innovate new technologies that define technical direction by conceiving, planning and conducting research, and guiding development. In this position, the successful candidate will initiate large-scale projects to solve national technology challenges. Additional criteria include the ability to serve on national advisory and/or policy boards and to chair peer review committees at Laboratory or national level.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge and Skills:
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in more than one area of ultrafast optical science, including but not limited to time-resolved spectroscopy and photoluminescence, nonlinear optics, terahertz science and technology, and the optical characterization of a wide range of quantum materials.
  • An extensive publication record, including a significant fraction in high-impact journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing state-of-the-art experimental capabilities.
  • Proven success as a principal investigator with defined cost, scope, and schedule.
  • A demonstrated record of successfully mentoring postdocs and students.

Team Dynamics:

Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals including scientists, postdocs, students, and technicians with effective communication skills for all levels. Further demonstrated ability to leverage ingenuity, creativity, and personal independence to support multiple concurrent tasks.

Communication:

Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead and influence within the context of internal and external collaborations. Excellent communication skills in writing reports, developing and delivering presentations, and/or peer-reviewed papers.

Time Management:

Proven ability to meet tight schedules, organize and prioritize tasks for effective accomplishment of project goals.

Operations Support:

Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate complex activities across multiple peer and partner organizations.

Additional Job Requirements for R&D Scientist 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:
  • Strong research leadership with national/international recognition, as evidenced by high-impact publications (including review papers and book chapters), invited seminars, and conference/committee leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to build diverse teams and serve as a institutional level technical leader and mentor,
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate new technologies that define technical direction by conceiving, planning, and conducting research and guiding development. Initiates large-scale projects to solve national technology challenges.
  • Ability to serve on national advisory and/or policy boards. Chairs peer review committees at a Laboratory level.

Education/Experience at Scientist 4: Position requires a Ph.D. in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.

Education/Experience at Scientist 3: Position requires a Ph.D. in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 4 years of relevant experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a national user facility.
  • Substantial project or task leader experience on projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of writing successful grant proposals as primary investigator.
  • Ability to obtain Q Clearance

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.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position one year.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, your application must include a resume and a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and desired skills.
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.

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
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