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Separations Chemistry Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 01/11/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Separations Chemistry Postdoc

The Actinide Chemistry Team in the Chemistry Division is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position that will focus on Light/Heavy Lanthanide Separations, REE/Actinide Separations, as well as Actinide Separation. Successful candidates will be joining a multi-disciplinary team that applies synthetic chemistry, characterization, and electronic structure theory to study and manipulate the unusual chemistry performed by actinide compounds. In this project, synthetic chemistry will be coupled with a combination of theory, electrochemistry, electronic absorption and emission spectroscopies, NMR, IR and Raman vibrational spectroscopies.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience and strong publication record in chemical synthesis in metal separations chemistry.
  • Demonstrated experimental background and strong publication record in organometallic/inorganic (main group, transition metal or f-element) chemical synthesis.
  • Proven in-depth experience in the handling of air-sensitive compounds, knowledge of multinuclear & 2-D NMR spectroscopy, chromatography, and a willingness to work with low-level radioactive natural thorium and depleted uranium materials are also required.
  • Proven strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications and the cover letter are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a complex work environment.
  • Must submit a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the required and desired skills.

Education: A Ph.D. in chemistry. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with electrochemistry, electronic absorption, chromatography, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, emission spectroscopies, IR and Raman vibrational spectroscopies, tube furnace operations, HSCCC, etc.
  • Experience in organic synthetic chemistry, such as demonstrated experience with separation media modification for separations, including multi-step substrate synthesis.

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:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the required and desired skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPAs with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Competitive honors and awards; Relevant extracurricular activities; Invited presentations (posters and invited talks); Grants; Patents; Peer-reviewed publications; Non-peer-reviewed publications; names and contact information for 4 References. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, contact Dr. Jaqueline L. Kiplinger at kiplinger@lanl.gov.

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

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.

Clearance: Ability to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires U.S. citizenship. (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.

  • 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.Employment Status

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