Post Bachelors Student

Updated: 9 months ago
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What You Will Do

The successful candidate will work as part of the Fuel Cell Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory on a variety of fuel cell-related projects. The Fuel Cell Team develops novel materials and components for polymer electrolyte fuel cells and water electrolyzers in support of the Laboratory’s energy security missions. This is a one-year position, intended for students who want to develop research skills prior to applying to graduate school and who want to learn about career opportunities at LANL.

Job activities will include:

  • Research on high-performance, cost effective electrocatalysts for fuel cells, electrolyzers, and CO 2 conversion

  • Synthesis and electrochemical/physicochemical characterization of catalysts

  • Fabrication of electrodes for performance evaluation in fuel cells electrolyzers

  • Fuel cell and electrolyzer testing

  • Documentation and presentation of results

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Fluent in common software packages including Excel, Word, PowerPoint

  • Experience with safe handling of hazardous chemicals

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Capability to work and communicate effectively within a team.

Education/Experience :

  • Eligibility is limited to students that have completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or related field within the past three years, but no been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program.

  • 3.0/4.0 Cumulative GPA

  • Appointments are for up to two years maximum and the student may work casual, part-time, or full-time.

Additional Details: Post-Baccalaureate is a one-year term student position.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a research laboratory

  • Fundamental knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical instrumentation

  • Experience with materials characterization techniques, e.g., microscopic and spectroscopic

  • Experience with data analysis in SigmaPlot, Origin, or using another advanced software

  • Ability to identify issues and troubleshoot for pressurized equipment and electronics

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

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory students working on-site and students coming on-site, as well as any students coming on-site for any reason; unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law.

Note to Applicants:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale; Work experience; Competitive honors; relevant extracurricular activities; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; References. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, contact Piotr Zelenay at .

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.

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.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC93431
Organization Name MPA-11/ Materials Physics and Applications - Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices
Minimum Salary
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Req ID: IRC93431
Category: Student - Post Bachelor

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