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Mechanical Behaviors of Materials Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 07/09/2021
Admin-Mechanical Service
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The Materials Science and Technology Division (MST) is seeking a post-doctoral candidate with experience in the mechanical behavior of materials, to investigate the dynamic response of additively manufactured metals under high strain-rate loading . A successful candidate will be expected to perform characterization and mechanical testing at a range of strain-rates, from quasi-static up to shock loading, to study the structure-properties relationship between microstructure and damage nucleation. The position is in the dynamic properties team of MST-8, a diverse group of both experimental and theoretical scientists whose goal is to further our understanding of material behavior under extreme conditions. The team operates a range of test facilities such as load frames, split Hopkinson pressure bars, gas-guns, and a full metallography and microscopy suite.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong materials science knowledge, with a focus on mechanical behavior

  • Experience with mechanical testing and interpretation of test data

  • Experience with metallography and microscopy

  • Experience investigating the structure-properties relationship in materials

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with technical and operations personnel

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with high strain-rate or shock loading platforms and associated diagnostics

  • Experience with electron backscatter diffraction microscopy (EBSD)

  • Experience with additive manufacturing techniques

Essential Job Functions:

  • Applying torque with hands or arms

  • Lifting / carrying 30 pounds, fine motor control

  • Ability to willfully follow all safety and security protocols

Education: The position requires a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. The candidate must be within five years of completion of the Ph.D. at the time of being proposed for review by the committee, or must have satisfied all Ph.D. requirements by the commencement of the appointment. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential.

Note to Applicants:

To be considered for the position, please include a cover letter in which you detail how your experience relates to each of the required and desired skills as applicable. Regular post-doctoral appointments are for two years and are renewable for a third year. Outstanding candidates (with approximately 15 - 20 articles in reputable, peer-reviewed journals) may be eligible for a LANL Director's Fellowship.

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)

Additional Details

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.

Clearance: A candidate with the ability to eventually obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance is required . If eligible

  • , selected applicants will be subject to a federal background investigation 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 Manual 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



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