Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate to join our Acoustics and Sensors Team within the Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). We solve challenging technical problems for industry and the US government, typically involving development of novel sensors (with particular emphasis on acoustic sensors) to characterize materials (solids, liquids, gases) in a non-invasive manner. The research activity to be performed is related to imaging in highly attenuating materials, materials characterization, characterization and manipulation of particulate matter in fluid using ultrasound and other forces, and nondestructive testing of materials. The work also involves development of instrumentation. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of new sensor technologies and patents. There will be extensive opportunities to work in a wide range of areas and to innovate.

We invite applicants who are interested in working on a range of applied research projects in the area of Acoustical Sensors and Devices. Current research includes the development of novel sensors (with particular emphasis on acoustic sensors) for: (1) material characterization (solids, liquids, & gases), (2) acoustical imaging, (3) nonlinear acoustics, (4) acoustic separation of two-phase systems, (5) detection of corrosion and defects in materials, and (6) acoustically engineered materials. More specifically, funded projects include acoustic imaging of defects in various environments, ultrasonic noninvasive fluid flow (both single phase and multiphase), fluid composition measurements, materials characterization, two-phase (liquid-liquid, liquid-gas) separation using ultrasound and other forces, and nondestructive testing of materials. The primary objective of the research is to solve practical problems for industry and government. The work involves development of new techniques, customized instrumentation, and validation measurements in the field. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of new sensor technologies, patents, and publications. There will be opportunities to work in a wide range of areas, to innovate, and to present work to sponsors and at conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong background and demonstrated hands-on experience in one or more areas: Ultrasonic techniques, Nondestructive testing, Sensor technologies, Wave propagation and scattering, Numerical Analysis, Signal processing, Computer-controlled experimentation.

  • Fluency in one or more Computer Programming Languages (e.g., LabView, COMSOL, Matlab, Mathematica, etc.,).

  • Possess extensive hands-on experience in designing and conducting experiments.

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer reviewed publication record.

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)

  • Willing to travel to various industrial test facilities in the US and conduct experiments.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of electronics and of typical laboratory test instruments.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.

  • Ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.

  • Able to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact effectively with people with a variety of expertise

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.

Education: A PhD in Applied Physics or related fields, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: For information please contact Dr. Cristian Pantea, pantea@lanl.gov (505) 665-7598.

MPA-11 Acoustics and Sensors Team Web page: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/AcousticsAndSensorsTeam/

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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Pantea, Cristian

Organization Name: MPA-11/Materials Chemistry

Email: pantea@lanl.gov

Job Title: Experimental Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69205