What You Will Do
Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.
The Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group (MPA-11) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to join a multi-disciplinary team with on-going research efforts in fundamental and applied separations science and engineering. Our projects range from developing novel chemical systems for improved separations and novel contactors for efficient separations, to flowsheet testing and evaluation and scale-up testing. Active areas of research include CO 2 capture, critical materials separations (including rare earth elements), heavy metal waste treatment, radioisotope purification, and actinide separations. We also utilize a broad variety of separations techniques including absorption, solvent extraction, ion exchange, chromatography, precipitation/crystallization, and electrochemical separations ( e.g., electrophoresis or electrorefining). Research opportunities include developing the underlying science to understand and improve these techniques, modeling the chemical and transport phenomena in separations processes, designing/building/testing separations equipment, scale-up testing, and process modeling, simulation and optimization.Candidates are expected to publish the results of their research in the open literature and present their work at relevant conferences.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
- Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance which typically requires U.S. Citizenship
- Experimental or modeling experience with one or more of the separations techniques mentioned above such as absorption, solvent extraction, ion exchange, chromatography, precipitation/crystallization, and electrochemical separations ( e.g., electrophoresis or electrorefining)
- Excellent publication record in the field of required expertise
- Demonstrated record of working safely in chemical laboratories (for experimentalists)
- Expert command of spoken and written English
- Good communication skills
- Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment
- Strong motivation and ability to work independently
- Ability to plan and organize assignments and meet project deadlines
Candidates who can demonstrate a strong background in one or more of the following areas are invited to apply:
- Experience in the area of CO 2 capture, particularly from flue gas or directly from air, or acid gas treating
- Experience in the area of rare earth or other critical materials separations
- Experience in the area of actinide separations or radioisotope purification
- Experience in the area of water de-salination or waste-water purification
- Experience with electrochemical techniques such as voltammetry, amperometry, impedance spectroscopy, electrorefining, etc.
- Proficiency with characterizing solid-state compounds or solutions using techniques such as FT-IR, Raman, UV-vis-NIR, fluorescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and/or electrochemical techniques.
- Experience with fabrication and/or testing of microfluidic devices
- Experience with the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids or metal-organic frameworks
- Experience with the handling, synthesis and characterization of compounds containing actinides and/or transuranic elements, radioisotopes, or other hazardous materials
- Proficiency with radioanalytical techniques such as alpha spectroscopy, gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation counting
- Experience in process modeling and simulation with AspenPlus or other process simulation software
Education: A Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.
Note to Applicants:
- For additional information please contact George Goff at [email protected] .
- Exceptional candidatesmay be considered for named postdoctoral fellowship appointments such as theDirector’s Postdoctoral Fellowship,G.T. Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science Postdoctoral Fellowship,J. Robert OppenheimerPostdoctoral Fellowship, or the Frederick ReinesPostdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Sciences.
- For general information refer to the Postdoctoral Program page.Additional DetailsNo Clearance: Position does not immediately require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.U.S. Citizenship: This position DOES require the ability to secure and maintain a security clearance, which typically requires U.S. Citizenship to obtain, except in extremely 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.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 protected] or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Where You Will WorkLocated 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 networkDental and vision insuranceFree basic life and disability insurancePaid maternity and parental leaveAward-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)Learning opportunities and tuition assistanceFlexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)Onsite gyms and wellness programsExtensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)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.