Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Fuels Research Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
MST-8 is seeking postdoctoral candidates for a position focusing on the development of novel nuclear fuels and evaluating the fundamental structure, processing, and property relations of the fuel systems. Areas of interest pertain to accident tolerant fuels, nuclear thermal propulsion, and microreactor deployment. The proposed investigation will explore routes to engineer the microstructures of uranium based nuclear fuels to improve the performance in a variety of reactor systems.
MST-8 supports a variety of nuclear energy related programs and provides world-leading, innovative, and agile materials and technology solutions for national security missions. The selected candidate will play a key role in the fabrication, property measurement, and microstructure characterization of materials. They will be expected to collaborate with scientists in different groups/divisions. The core of the proposed work is based around experimental investigationspertaining to the development and characterization of nuclear fuels, but knowledge/experience with working in a glove box environment, ceramic processing, and familiarity with thermoanalyticalequipment is a plus.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering or related fields completed within the last five years or soon to be completed;
Experience in oxide or non-oxide ceramic processing and characterization;
Excellent publication record in the field of materials science and engineering or nuclear engineering;
Very good written and oral communication skills;
Strong motivation and ability to work independently;
Good interpersonal and communication skills;
Ability to work productively on multiple projects and interact effectively with a variety of research and development organizations;
Ability to work effectively in a small team;
Candidates should have an experimental background in one or more of the following areas:
Experience with radioactive materials;
Experience with thermophysical property measurements (LFA, DIL, DSC etc.);
Microstructural characterization by electron microscopy and diffraction methods;
Small scale sample design and fabrication (often FIB-based);
Nanomechanical testing experience;
Experience with mechanical/irradiation measurements;
Experience working in a glove box and with air sensitive materials
Possess or ability to obtain a Q-clearance, which generally requires US citizenship
Note to Applicants:
Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and a list of three references (including phone numbers and email addresses) to Dr. Joshua White, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Scarlett Widgeon, email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Vacancy Name: IRC84475
Organization Name MST-8/Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamics Extremes
Req ID: IRC84475