Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Surface Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Nuclear Materials Science Group (MST-16) of the Materials Science and Technology Division is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated candidate for the position of R&D Scientist 2 or 3, with a focus of computational surface science using electronic structure and/or molecular dynamic calculations at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The successful candidate will be expected to have knowledge in use of density functional theory (DFT) codes, and/or molecular dynamic codes to study the mechanisms of oxidation and corrosion of actinide surfaces. The successful candidate will interact closely across groups and divisions on collaborative projects to help address LANL missions.
Nuclear Materials Science (MST-16) is an international leader in plutonium science and engineering and supports a variety of fundamental to applied programs, including Plutonium Sustainment, Pit Surveillance, Science Programs, Life Extension Programs, Advanced Certification, various global security programs, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. MST-16 maintains a multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science and engages in areas important to Laboratory missions, including material characterization, phase stability, mechanical and dynamic properties, aging, electronic structure, corrosion, and surface science. Our work takes place in the Plutonium Facility (PF- 4), the Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), the Target Fabrication Facility (TFF), and numerous other facilities at LANL and across the country.
R&D Scientist 2 ($94,100-$155,700)
Research activities and responsibilities of the successful candidate will include the following:
Execute theoretical calculations that will complement experimental efforts
Contribute to the completion of program milestones associated with various core mission programs as well as fundamental research and development projects
Actively participate in profession societies and conferences, and working groups
R&D Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)
In addition to the responsibilities and activities listed above, the R&D Scientist 3 will:
Propose and execute theoretical efforts to help support experimental techniques, which include XPS, Auger, ToF-SIMS, ellipsometry, and PM-IRRAS.
Lead a small team of scientists
Lead to the development of multi-scale modeling
Contribute to the professional development of junior scientists and postdocs
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Expertise is required in the knowledge and implementation of electronic structure (DFT) codes or molecular dynamic codes
Demonstration of dependability and ability to work effectively, and to work in a team environment
Demonstrate a commitment to technical and scientific excellence as well as timeliness of deliverables
Demonstrate a record of successful documentation of technical work and the ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written formats
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which generally requires US citizenship
In addition to the requirements outlined above, the R&D Scientist 3 level requires:
At least five years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated experience interacting with programmatic customers and developing new projects.
Experience in studying 4f and/or 5f strongly-correlated materials
Understanding of materials science and/or familiarity of surface science techniques
Experience of using theoretical methods for calculating a variety of surface science problems, such as gas adsorption, energy barriers for dissociation, reaction kinetics, surface catalysis, etc.
DOE Q clearance
Scientist 2: Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Materials science, Physics, Chemistry, or a related field from an accredited college and university and 4 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. is highly preferred.
Scientist 3: Position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in Materials science, Physics, Chemistry, or a related field from an accredited college and university and 12 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. is highly preferred.
Location: This position will be physically 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 is 1 year .
Note to Applicants: Please provide a detailed cover letter addressing each of the Minimum Job Requirements and Desired Qualifications and CV.
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)
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. SeeDOE 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.
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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Contact Name Masterson, Clinton Thomas (Clint)
Work Telephone 505-396-0294
Vacancy Name: IRC90546
Organization Name MST-16/Nuclear Materials Science
Req ID: IRC90546