Spectroscopy, Chemistry, or Materials Scientist Postdoc

Updated: about 2 months ago

What You Will DoChemistry Division’s Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group (C-PCS) addresses national and international problems by exploiting the measurement and diagnostic power of light, which is the fastest clock and the smallest ruler. We work with a diverse range of customers to execute research projects which span basic R&D and device creation through application and deployment of systems and methods for applied missions. C-PCS consists of five teams: Remote Sensing Applications; Thermal Kinetics and Dynamics; Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy; Terrestrial, Atmosphere and Space Science; and Chemistry for Biomedical Applications.

The Remote Sensing Applications and Chemistry for Biomedical Applications teams currently have an opening for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to assist in the execution of DOE and NIH projects. The successful candidate will join these teams and work with existing team members in executing current programs, while also seeking out new opportunities to develop an independent career of their own.

C-PCS seeks to hire a Post-Doctoral research scientist in experimental research and development that can contribute to several spectroscopy and remote sensing projects. In addition, the successful candidate would have a high level of proficiency in chemical and physical experimentation, data gathering, data reduction, and evaluation. The employee will be required to work with commercial and custom instrumentation, lasers and optics, in a chemical and potentially explosive, radiological or biochemical laboratory environment. The candidate will also be expected to maintain a safe work environment that includes all the formalities of LANL’s integrated work management system.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more optical/characterization techniques such as fluorescence, Raman, infrared absorption, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, atomic force, electron and/or optical microscopy and similar.

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the sample types such as nanomaterials, small molecules, and/or biological systems.

  • Demonstrated skills in laboratory chemistry, such as synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, inorganic chemistry, nanochemistry or related fields.

  • Demonstrated experience in the design, use, repair, upgrade of spectroscopic, laser, microscopy or other scientific instrumentation.

  • Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week.

  • Demonstrated experience in formulating results in the form of peer-reviewed publications and presentations to technical audiences.

  • Demonstrated self-starter, demonstrated initiative for continuous learning, and development in area of expertise.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in working in interdisciplinary science and the application of spectroscopic and/or microscopic tools to one of the areas of interest.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis programs such as MATLAB, Igor Pro, Origin, or the like.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing and troubleshooting software tools for communication with instrumentation, data analysis, and/or calculations.

  • Experience in the synthesis and characterization of nano- and microscale particles.

  • Availability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance.

  • 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.

Note to Applicants:

Please provide a cover letter of interest in the position and a resume/curriculum vitae detailing specific experience as it applies to the required and desired criteria of this ad.

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 more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

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 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 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



Vacancy Name: IRC81757
Organization Name C-PCS/Physical Chem & Applied Spectroscopy
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Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC81757
Category: Postdoc

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