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Chemistry Postdoctorial Research Associate
Los Alamos National Security in
Date Posted 01/11/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group (C-CDE) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated person for the position ofPostdoctoral Research Associate . The successful Postdoctoral Research Associate candidate will be responsible for conducting independent research across several scientific disciplines. Projects will support research and development related to chemistry, materials, and chemical engineering. The successful candidate will apply scientific principles and methods to solve complicated technical problems; develop novel techniques or principles; analyze and interpret data. The position will require direct interface with colleagues and sponsors, and the preparation of proposals, manuscripts, and reports.

Responsibilities for the selected candidate will include:

  • Conduct research in the field of gas diffusion; determining transport rates in complex systems and environments.

  • Conduct research to determine reaction mechanisms of gas/solid phase interfaces including uranium metal corrosion.

  • Develop methods to mitigate deleterious aspects of the surface chemistry of solid surfaces.

  • Design novel ambient and vacuum pressure systems to study gas diffusion and transport.

  • Contribute to internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, as appropriate to meet program objectives.

  • Apply a variety ofchemical/physical characterization techniques such as SEM/EDS, microscopy, pXRD, GC-MS, RGA, XPS, thermal conductivity sensors, electrochemical techniques, etc. to carry out work.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience with determining gaseous diffusion and transport rates in complex systems.

  • Experience with high vacuum equipment and design of novel experimental setups.

  • Experience with surface chemistry and gas/solid interactions.

  • Proven ability applying fundamental scientific and/or engineering concepts to lead a project from conception, to development and execution, with follow-on plans for future work.

  • Proven self-motivator and technical leader.

  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and organize, and work efficiently under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Documented record of working safely and responsibly in a scientific laboratory.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires US Citizenship

Education :A Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D. Candidates may also have previous experience including postdoctoral experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and conducting experiments with radiological materials or sources.

  • Comfortable with hands-on troubleshooting of equipment.

  • Experience with electrochemical corrosion measurements.

  • Experience with CAD software such as Solidworks, or with LabView programming.

Note to Applicants:

This position is for two years with a third year contingent upon excellent performance. Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Dianne Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, go to: .

Additional Details

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.

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 maternity 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)

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Category: Postdoc

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