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Los Alamos National Laboratory Actinide Chemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

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.

Postdoctoral Position in Actinide Chemistry: The Actinide Chemistry Team in the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group (MPA-11) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to apply to join a multi-disciplinary team with on-going research in fundamental and applied actinide chemistry and materials science. Research opportunities include developing and implementing analytical techniques for characterizing actinide solution species and solid-state compounds, developing novel lanthanide and actinide separations chemistry, and applications of ionic liquids and molten salts to actinide science and separations. Candidates are expected to publish the results of their research in the open literature and present their work at relevant conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance

  • Excellent publication record in the field of required expertise

  • Experience with the synthesis and characterization of solid-state actinide compounds or other radioisotopes

  • Demonstrated record of working safely in chemical laboratories

  • Expert command of spoken and written English

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment

  • Strong motivation and ability to work independently

  • Ability to plan and organize assignments and meet project deadlines

Desired Qualifications:

Candidates possessing a demonstrated strong background in the following areas are invited to apply:

  • Experience with the handling, synthesis and characterization of compounds containing actinides and/or transuranic elements, radioisotopes, or other hazardous materials

  • Familiarity with characterizing solid-state compounds or solutions using techniques such as FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis-NIR, fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and/or electrochemical techniques.

  • Experience with radioanalytical techniques such as alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counting

  • Familiarity with conventional separations techniques such as solvent extraction and/or ion exchange

  • Proficiency with working in positive- and/or negative-pressure gloveboxes


A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.

Note to Applicants:

  • For additional information please contact Janelle Droessler at jdroessler@lanl.gov .

  • Exceptional candidates may be considered for named postdoctoral fellowship appointments such as theDirector's Postdoctoral Fellowship ,G.T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, J. Robert OppenheimerPostdoctoral Fellowship , or the Frederick ReinesPostdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Sciences.

  • For general information refer to the Postdoctoral Program page.

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 Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group (MPA-11), conducts basic and applied research in areas related to applied energy programs and a variety of problems relevant to the weapons program. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory’s missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.

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)

Additional Details

Q Clearance: (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.

  • 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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



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Vacancy Name: IRC82626
Organization Name MPA-11/Materials Chemistry
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Req ID: IRC82626
Category: Postdoc