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Synthetic Actinide Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 10/12/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The Inorganic, Isotope, Actinide Chemistry group (C-IIAC) and Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11) groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory are seeking outstanding candidates for a joint postdoctoral position, which will specialize in the study of fundamental actinide synthesis, separations, and spectroscopy. The successful candidate will join a team of chemists, spectroscopists, and engineers to conduct research that addresses physical and chemical separations of f-block materials from impurities. Responsibilities will include: designing and implementing the hardware necessary to complete this project, experimental synthetic research and development using drybox and Schlenk-line techniques, and the associated spectroscopic studies needed to characterize the material. It is further expected that the successful candidate will present their work at national/international conferences, and will publish their results both internally at LANL and in appropriate refereed journals. United States citizens are preferred.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to handle, manipulate, and perform synthesis with reactive chemicals in a rigorously air– and moisture–free environment (Schlenk line and drybox techniques);

  • Demonstrated practical laboratory experience with molecular characterization techniques like NMR, UV/Vis, IR & NIR absorption spectroscopies as well as powder and single–crystal X-Ray diffraction techniques;

  • Mechanically minded and able to plan and implement novel hardware setups;

  • Demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publications and presentations;

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;

  • Persevering and remaining positive and productive with a project.

Education Required: A PhD in organometallic/inorganic chemistry, main-group chemistry, or chemical engineering with a strong familiarity with inorganic chemistry, conferred within the past 5 years. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated practical laboratory experience in safely handling main-group (e.g., P, Ga, Si) complexes;

  • Demonstrated practical laboratory experience in safely working with flammable metals;

  • Proven ability to work effectively both in a team environment and independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals;

  • Demonstrated experience in applying fundamental scientific concepts to complex, multidisciplinary problems.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants: Applicants should be prepared to provide academic transcripts and three letters of reference upon request

Contacts: Aaron Tondreau ( tondreau_a@lanl.gov ); Chris Leibman ( cleibman@lanl.gov ).

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 childbirth 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.

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.

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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Vacancy Name: IRC90931
Organization Name C-IIAC/Inorganic Isotope & Actinide Chem
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Category: Postdoc

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