Los Alamos National Laboratory Hydrothermal Geochemistry Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Geology and Geomaterials Research Team within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is seeking a dynamic postdoctoral researcher to join our multidisciplinary team working on projects related to the safe, long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel and waste. In this position, you will have the opportunity to interact and learn from researchers with a wide range of expertise, produce innovative research, and advance your professional career.
Your research will include:
Performing laboratory hydrothermal experiments to characterize the stability of engineered barrier materials (e.g., bentonite clay, shale/granite host rock, cement) at elevated temperatures and pressures
Modelling water-rock interactions and mineral stability in systems with variable bulk chemistry
Using experimental and modelling results to develop new concepts related to the design and function of geologic repositories for spent nuclear fuel and waste
The successful candidate will integrate experimental and modelling results, work closely with a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional team, present work at national and international conferences, and integrate with the broader Department of Energy (DOE) Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition program to advance the US repository science program.
We seek applications from candidates with expertise in any of the following research areas: high-temperature aqueous geochemistry, hydrothermal/geothermal systems, water-rock interaction, and/or metamorphic petrology. The successful candidate will work with a multi-disciplinary team of geoscientists to improve understanding of long-term function of geologic materials for the isolation of spent nuclear fuel and waste in deep geologic repositories. The candidate will collaborate with researchers from the multi-laboratory DOE Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition program. This research will involve a combination of laboratory and geochemical modelling work, with access to unique experimental facilities, analytical instrumentation, and high-performance computing resources.The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability. Learn more about the group you will be joining here:https://www.lanl.gov/org/ddste/aldcels/earth-environmental-sciences/index.php
Overall, there is significant flexibility in the way that the research goals of this position can be fulfilled. We seek a self-motivated, creative postdoc interested in applying their skillset to the repository science field as well as broad science questions related to national security. In-depth knowledge of the specific aspects of all research activities is not expected; it is anticipated that the successful candidate will learn from on-the-job training and interaction with team members with diverse backgrounds.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Strong background and publication record in geochemistry, or a closely related field
Strong communication skills and experience presenting at national conferences
Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
Education/Experience :A PhD in earth science, chemistry, material science, or closely related field is required by the position start date.
Advanced knowledge of aqueous geochemistry or water-rock interaction
Background in geochemical modeling using software such as EQ3/6, PHREEQC, or Geochemist’s Workbench
Experience in laboratory experimental work and/or the workings of various hydrothermal experimental reactors
Familiarity with mineralogy and crystal chemistry of silicate, clay, and oxide minerals
Note to Applicants:
The application package consists of a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. In addition to applying online, applicants may email their CV and cover letter to Kirsten Sauer (email@example.com). No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. Additional questions can be directed to Kirsten at the email address listed above.
LANL postdoctoral researchers start with a minimum annual salary of $75,500. Candidates may be considered for a Director's or Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about the application processes and LANL fellowships refer to theLANL Postdoctoral Programpage.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Appointment Type Postdoc Postdoc
Vacancy Name: IRC82927
Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations
Req ID: IRC82927