Los Alamos National Laboratory Shock & Detonation Physics Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Static High Pressure Team within the Shock & Detonation Physics Group (M-9) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for potentially multiple Postdoctoral Research Associates. Our work utilizes static high pressure experimental platforms (diamond anvil cells and large volume presses) to study the fundamental condensed matter thermodynamics of materials at extreme pressures and temperatures.

One position will focus on the development of techniques for measurements performed in a Paris-Edinburgh cell and the application of these techniques to study materials of interest at LANL. Some of these techniques may include electrical and thermal conductivity and transport measurements, X-ray tomography, and advanced ultrasound measurements. Another position will contribute to our Team’s ongoing efforts in diamond anvil cell equation of state measurements of metals, oxides, and high explosive materials. For one of the positions, we would like someone with advanced crystallographic experience who is capable of refining low symmetry or previously undetermined structures. Collaborations with other teams at LANL (including, but not limited to, shock experiments within our group) will be possible and encouraged.

We are seeking exceptional candidates with a strong preparation in experimental science. Prior experience in high pressure research is not as important as a solid background in experimental physical science, a strong intellectual curiosity, and meticulous laboratory skills. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Significant travel (1 week/month on average) is required, since the majority of experiments are conducted off-site.

Applicants should submit a CV and a detailed cover letter addressing all of the required qualifications and desired skills.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related field earned within 5 years of the anticipated start date

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and productively with minimal supervision

  • Good interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and experience interacting with personnel at all levels.

  • Ability to explain and present technical information, both verbally and in written form, to an audience with varied technical backgrounds.

  • Ability to obtain a US Department of Energy (DoE) Q Clearance, which typically requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with high pressure experimental platforms, such as diamond anvil cell (DAC) and large volume press (LVP), e.g. Paris-Edinburgh and/or multi-anvil press.

  • Experience with crystallography of low symmetry materials

  • Experience with common data acquisition tools: LabVIEW, oscilloscopes, precision voltage current source instruments, detectors, etc.

  • Active DoE Q clearance (or the equivalent)

Notes to Applicants: The initial appointment will be for a period of two years and will be renewable for a third year contingent upon progress and funding availability. The successful applicants will be also considered for prestigious Director’s Funded and named Fellowships at LANL (more information about these can be found at: Postdoc

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Sturtevant, Blake

Organization Name: M-9/Shock & Detonation Physics

Email: bsturtev@lanl.gov

Job Title: Shock & Detonation Physics Postdoctoral Research Associate

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC70624