Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Kinetics in Extreme Environments

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Location: Los Alamos, NEW MEXICO
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Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Chemical Kinetics in Extreme Environments
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name T-1/Physics And Chemistry Of Materials

What You Will Do

The Physics and Chemistry of Materials group of the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking candidates for several postdoctoral positions.  Areas of research include quantum chemistry and chemical kinetics development and application. This work will be applied to thermodynamic modeling of matter, including equation of state and kinetic behavior of reactive matter focusing on the behavior of carbon in extreme environments. Other potential applications include simulations of condensed matter, reactive matter, complex fluids, and warm dense matter.


Candidates are sought for the development and application of next generation quantum simulation tools, including:

·         quantum chemistry methods applied to molecular structure;

·         combustion modeling and/or soot formation;

·         molecular dynamics and development of analysis tools for complex, correlated mixtures;

·         reactive flow modeling.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Demonstrated expertise with one or more of the following fields:

·         electronic structure theory

·         quantum chemistry

·         combustion and/or kinetic modeling

·         reactive flow modeling

·         scientific computing and programming

·         Experience with the packages such as MOLPRO, VASP, or Quantum Espresso is highly desired.

·         Experience with Python, MPI, Fortran, or C++ is highly desired.


Education:  Candidates must have received a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Materials Science, or an equivalent field within the last 5 years.


Additional Details:


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.


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


For general information go to Postdoc Program . 


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 regards 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 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.

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