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Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Magnetic Resonance
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 01/14/2022
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Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

We seek a motivated candidate for a postdoctoral research position in applied magnetic resonance with a focus on electrical engineering. You will work in a program that supports fundamental, interdisciplinary research to advance detection capabilities for chemical agents. Specifically, you will work with an interdisciplinary team that is developing and building a new capability for non-invasive detection of synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) using nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy.

In the twelve-month period between August 2019 and August 2020, 52,000 Americans died from synthetic opioid overdoses. Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl (and nearly 90 derivatives - collectively known as fentanyls), cross our border daily at locations such as the JFK airport. Compounding the drug interdiction problem, fentanyl is incredibly toxic in doses above therapeutic levels. Our team is developing a program for synthetic opioid detection to develop technologies to safely and rapidly screen packages specifically for the unique chemical signatures of fentanyls.

The research focus of the package screener includes developing magnetic resonance detectors with reduced deadtimes and developing novel polarization transfer systems, via the application of dynamic magnetic fields, to improve the detection of these materials.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in solid state magnetic resonance experiments (NMR, NQR, EPR, DNP).

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record.

Education/Experience : PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or related field completed within the past five years, or will have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in PCB design and fabrication

  • Experience with signal processing techniques and analysis of temporal and spectral data.

  • Experience running custom magnetic resonance equipment

  • Computational simulations of electromagnetic fields

  • Background knowledge in chemistry and in measurement techniques such as nuclear magnetic resonance or nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

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:

Position is available immediately. Ad will remain open until the position is filled. In addition to applying online, please send a CV, contact information for three references, a one-page statement of research interests, and a cover letter summarizing research and career goals to Michael Malone ( mwmalone@lanl.gov ) with “Opioid Detection Postdoc” as the subject line.

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. Employment Status

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