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Advanced Materials Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 07/15/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

The successful candidate will perform materials synthesis and characterization experiments supporting the development of next-generation composite materials for national security applications. The development process will encompass additive manufacturing (material formulations/characterizations and processing/building), self-assembly, predictive modeling, and combinations therein. Of particular interest is the successful fabrication and scale-up of “multi-functional” materials that possess specific mechanical, thermal, and chemical properties that are engineered to exhibit enhanced behaviors in these categories simultaneously . This position will be supported jointly by the Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Group (E-1) and the Engineered Materials Group (MST-7).

Exceptional candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

Minimum Job Requirements:

A strong background in one or more of the following technical areas:

  • Materials synthesis

  • Wet lab chemistry and complex fluids

  • Particle synthesis and powder processing

  • Additive manufacturing

  • Material modeling

  • Composite materials

Outstanding written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by strong records of publications in high impact technical journals, and presentations at national conferences.

Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, milestones and requirements.

Ability to work as part of a highly interdisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, material scientists and physicists with minimal supervision.

Education: A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Polymer Science or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Expertise in 3-D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques

  • Experience in composite materials containing polymers, ceramics, metals, etc.

  • Familiarity with low density solids such as foams and aerogels

  • Familiarity with material property characterization

  • Experience with design for manufacturability

  • Proficiency in engineering design and modeling software such as SolidWorks and Ansys

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.

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.

Q Clearance: Position will be cleared to this level. Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type



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