Materials Science Postdoc

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What You Will DoPostdoctoral candidate in materials science:

The Powder Materials Processing team within the Sigma Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral candidate to study the effects of processing methods on the microstructure and properties of materials.

The candidate will use traditional powder processing techniques as the baseline approach for component fabrication. New and refined processing methods will then be developed to target desired microstructural properties where control over individual attributes can be achieved. Characterization of powders and components is essential to study the cause and effect relationship. Safe handling of flammable, toxic and/or radioactive materials will be part of the research. The candidate will be expected to perform research with limited instruction, interface with internal and external teams, communicate their research for both internal and external publication and present their results at appropriate conferences and meetings. The successful candidate will be a highly self-motivated individual with hands on skills in the synthesis, fabrication and characterization of ceramics. The candidate will be expected todevelop ideas for new proposals.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Candidate must have hands-on experience working in a research or industrial laboratory

  • Strongwrittenandoralcommunicationskillsandtheabilitytointeracteffectivelywithtechnicalandoperationspersonnel.

  • Ability and willingness to follow safety and security procedures.

  • Proven ability to meet tight schedules (time management), organize and prioritize tasks for effective accomplishment of project goals

  • Applicant must perform assigned tasks thoroughly to completion with a high attention to details with limited supervision

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearancewhichnormallyrequiresU.S.Citizenship

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with synthesis and characterization of ceramic materials

  • Experience with powder handling and processing including dry pressing, cold isostatic pressing, vacuum heat treatment, hydride reaction, chemical purification and electro refining.

  • Familiarity with other common powder fabrication methods is also desired; e.g. extrusion, slip casting, compaction, milling and powder synthesis (sol gel, co-precipitation, solid state, hydrothermal, etc.).

  • LabView and/or MathLab programming skills

  • Experience with one or more analytical techniques such as Microscopy, Particle Size Analysis, Gas Pycnometry, TGA, DTA, DSC, BET, CHNOS, Immersion density or Tap density.

  • Experience working in a radiological or nuclear facility

  • Experience installing and maintaining laboratory equipment

  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team in multi-disciplinary environment and interact effectively with a variety of organizations.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time.

  • An ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.

Education: A PhD in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.

Note to Applicants:

In addition to the application process, please e-mail curriculum vitae to Dr. Erik Luther at eluther@lanl.gov .

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): applyingtorquewithhandsorarms,goodhandeyecoordinationandfinemotorcontrol,lifting30+pounds,carrying30+pounds.

Additional Details

Q Clearance: 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.

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.

Sigma Division performs a wide range of metallurgical fabrication and R&D activities, including metal casting, machining, characterization, powder materials processing, thermal and deformation processing, and welding/joining.

Our mission is to provide:

Outstanding engineering solutions and metallurgical science to support our national security and industry customers—a scope that spans all alloys, ceramics, and compounds from uranium to hydrogen, with a strong emphasis on unconventional, low symmetry materials; and a flexible, integrated one‐stop shop providing exceptional customer service from concept and process development to fabricated finished products.

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)

Appointment Type

Postdoc

Postdoc

Vacancy Name: IRC82245
Organization Name SIGMA-1/Fabrication Manufacturing Science
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC82245
Category: Postdoc


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