Earth System Observations Post-Master's Student

Updated: 4 months ago

What You Will Do

Put your experimental geochemistry talents to good use by joining our team! The Radgeochemistry team in The Earth Systems Observation Group (EES-14) within the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a for a researcher with a background in high temperature/pressure experimental geochemistry. You will work as a member of the Radionuclide Geochemistry team investigating transport phenomena and geochemistry at high temperatures/pressure for application to key LANL missions, including national and energy security. You will work collaboratively with a team of scientists and should bring your enthusiasm for laboratory work and creative problem solving/innovation. You will be expected to contribute to project deliverables and peer-reviewed manuscripts, and present your work at program reviews and technical conferences. This is a 1-year limited term appointment, with the option to convert to a permanent staff member depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Comprehensive understanding of high pressure and high temperature geological systems.

  • Hands-on experience operating laboratory hydrothermal systems

  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

  • Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at conferences

  • Cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with fluid inclusion measurements and isotopic characterization of trace elements

  • Experience modeling transport phenomena and elemental fractionation

  • Experience with or strong interest in thermodynamic and geochemical modeling

  • Enthusiasm for new science

  • The ability to work through problems using innovation/creative problem solving

  • Experience or exposure to proposal development and writing

Education: Master’s degree in geology, chemistry, or closely-related field that has been completed within the past 3 years--with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent--and have not been accepted into another master’s or PhD. Program.

Note to Applicants: In addition to applying online, applicants may email their CV and cover letter to Hakim Boukhalfa ( No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

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

Where You Will Work

In Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), we combine our capabilities in field and laboratory measurements with analysis and modeling on high-performance computers to solve complex present-day problems in climate science, the production of clean energy, treaty verification, and national and global security missions.

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)

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.

No Clearance: 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.

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Contact Name Sutton, Jennifer Anne
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC86126
Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations
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Req ID: IRC86126
Category: Student - Post Master

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