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

What You Will Do

REFOCUS, the Resonance Center for Chemical Signatures, a group dedicated to developing new methods that bridge NMR, NQR, ESR, MRI technologies for research and development programs across the Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Divisions at Los Alamos National Lab, is seeking post-doctoral researchers to work on the development of new methods and applications in the following areas: 1) ultra-low and zero-field NMR spectroscopy, 2) polarization enhanced methods such as DNP-NMR and SABRE, 3) and adapting MR methods to meet new challenges for national security needs. The ideal candidate would have a background in one or more of these areas and be comfortable with the science and engineering challenges in working at the forefront of these fields. Our research includes the development of new strategies in these areas ranging from hardware development, polarization enhancement through dynamic nuclear polarization or para-hydrogen techniques, and developing new experimental strategies based on commercial magnetic resonance systems. There are also opportunities in the development and integration of complementary methods including the inclusion of MR relaxometry, NQR, and ESR technologies.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experimental experience in one or more of the following areas: physical chemistry, nuclear physics, applications and development of magnetic resonance methods.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and bring projects to completion, as evidenced by a record of publication.

  • The ability to work effectively both independently and within a research team.

  • The ability to communicate effectively both technically and interpersonally.

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, engineering or a similar field.

  • The ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US Citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with NMR or MRI methods

  • Programming for data analysis, data acquisition, and/or instrument control

  • Experience in hardware solutions for instrument development ranging from RF technology, NMR probe and magnet design, and microfluidics

Education: A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, engineering or a similar field. The candidate must be within 5 years of completion of Ph.D. at the time of being proposed for review to the committee and will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, please submit a CV and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills. Please include in the CV a list of all peer-reviewed publications, talks, educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, experience, competitive honors, relevant extra-curricular activities, invited presentations, grants, and patents. Three references will be required.

Additional Details:

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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: C-IIAC/Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem

Job Title: REFOCUS Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC62857