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Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Strongly Correlated Electron Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an immediate opening for one postdoctoral position with an emphasis on the synthesis and characterization of narrow-gap semiconducting quantum materials. Our multifaceted, highly collaborative team explores new physics through new materials, and our capabilities include single crystal growth, characterization, device fabrication, measurements under extreme conditions (high pressure, high fields, and low temperature). Our interest for this project focuses on ultra-clean narrow-gap semiconductors that can be used for dark matter detection in the light mass range. The successful applicant will benefit not only from a highly interactive environment within our team but also from the close proximity of the NHMFL pulsed magnetic field facility, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT), and the theoretical condensed matter group at Los Alamos. We seek highly motivated individuals who are passionate about materials science, physics, and chemistry to develop and explore new ideas on narrow-gap semiconductors including Zintl phases, correlated hybridization gaps, and charge-density-wave instabilities. Any inquiries about this specific opening and other opportunities within our group are welcome and should be sent to pfsrosa@lanl.gov .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A strong background in experimental condensed matter physics.

  • The ability to communicate effectively across multiple levels of peers and supervisors.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work independently, creatively, and as part of a team.

  • Demonstrated abilities in writing peer reviewed publications.

  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: o Single crystal growth using different techniques, e.g., flux growth, chemical vapor transport, Bridgman, and Czochralski; o Basic characterization (e.g. electrical and thermal transport, magnetization, and specific heat) of single crystals at cryogenic temperatures; o Measurements at cryogenic temperatures (He4, He3, dilution, or adiabatic demagnetization cryostats).

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

  • Experience in x-ray and neutron diffraction measurements.

  • Experience in single crystal optimization and purification.

  • Labview programming.

  • Strong background in the physics of narrow-gap semiconductors, including f-electron materials.

Education: A Ph.D. in Physics completed within the past five years or soon to be completed is required. The candidate will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

Note to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

In addition to applying on-line, please submit a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 4 potential references to Priscila Rosa ( pfsrosa@lanl.gov ).

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship or Agnew Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information on the LANL Postdoc Program go to:http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php

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.

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.

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.

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. Appointment Type



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Vacancy Name: IRC87091
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