Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Focus areas are: (1) synthesis of novel lanthanide complexes as catalysts for bioenergy applications, (2) tailored ligand development for tuning electronic structure, bonding and chemistry of actinide complexes, and (3) organic synthesis (with stable isotopes) for the biomedical arena.

The Postdoctoral Associate candidate will be responsible for conducting independent research and engaging in a broad set of activities across several scientific disciplines. Projects will support research and development specifically related to synthetic chemistry, ligand development, and spectroscopy. The successful candidate will apply scientific principles and methods to solve complicated technical problems; develop novel techniques or principles; and analyze data (raw experimental data with data reduction for publications). The position will require direct interface with colleagues, customers and sponsors, the preparation of proposals and reports, which also includes delivery of program/progress updates. B11/C-IIAC anticipates several postdoctoral opportunities for chemists, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Synthetic approaches to new materials, including nano-materials;

  • Synthesis of novel lanthanide complexes as catalysts for bioenergy applications;

  • Ligand development for tuning electronic structure, bonding and chemistry of actinide complexes;

  • Synthesis, structural characterization, and reactivity of homogeneous catalysts;

  • Synthesis of materials for sensor applications (radiation or chemical/biological agent detection);

  • Organic synthesis using chalcogenide-based methods;

  • Multinuclear NMR and MS spectroscopy;

  • Proven strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter are required.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Required Skills: The successful candidate will have 1) self-motivation with a desire to be a technical leader; 2) A demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation records and letters of reference; 3) An ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals; 4) Effective verbal and written communication skills; 5) An ability to work efficiently under pressure in a rapidly changing environment; 6) Excellent organizational skills; 7) Experience in applying fundamental scientific and/or engineering concepts to complex, multidisciplinary problems; 8) A Ph.D. completed within the last 5 years in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field.

Postdoc Eligibility:

Candidates are eligible to be considered for a postdoctoral position within five years of receiving their Ph.D. and the Postdoc Program Office submission deadlines corresponding to the quarterly meeting being proposed, or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Skills:

A broad background and interest in interdisciplinary science. Ability to apply fundamental concepts and techniques developed in one discipline to a variety of (and perhaps incompletely defined) problems traditionally associated with other disciplines.

Education:

A Ph.D. completed in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field.

Notes to Applicant:

Please include a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the required skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Competitive honors; Relevant extracurricular activities; Invited presentations; Grants; Patents; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks and Poster Presentations; References. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, contact Dr. Pete Silks at pete-silks@lanl.gov .

Additional Details:

Q Clearance: 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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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 regards 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.

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.

Bioenergy and Biome Siences/Inorganic, Isotope, and Actinide Chemistry (IIAC) groups perform research and addresses mission needs related to the nation’s nuclear energy, catalysis, renewable energy and medical imaging arenas. Mission thrust areas within IIAC include actinide chemistry supporting new materials and separation processes, development of the production methods and applications of accelerator-produced radioisotopes, and energy storage/production methods using chemical systems. Bioscience Division serves the Nation by developing science and technology to reduce natural and deliberate threats to human populations, their way of life, and the global environment. Current major sponsors include NNSA, DOE energy and Office of Science, other federal agencies, and LANL institutional support.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: B-11/Bioenergy and Biome Sciences

Job Title: Chemist Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67722