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Los Alamos National Laboratory Nanomaterials Chemist Technical Specialist (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invites outstanding candidates for Technical Specialist to support a broad range of activities associated with nanomaterials synthesis, assembly and integration operations. CINT is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscale science to a worldwide community of users. Scientific thrusts in CINT include: Nanophotonics and Optical Nanomaterials; Quantum Materials Systems; Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials; and In-Situ Characterization and Nanomechanics. Additional information on the user facility is available at https://cint.lanl.gov .

The successful candidate will (a) oversee the day-to-day operations of a nanochemistry and nanomaterials synthesis laboratory, learning and maintaining a suite of synthesis, integration and characterization tools (e.g., automated reactor system, microfluidics reactor system, dip-pen nanolithography system, thin-film fabrication tools, particle-size analyzers, optical spectroscopy/microscopy instruments), and supporting implementation of safe operation practices, (b) address nano-synthesis, assembly and/or integration needs of science users for advanced nanomaterials samples in collaboration with center staff, students and postdocs, and (c) contribute to the maintenance and development of new facility capabilities and science initiatives. The successful candidate will do this work in collaboration with center staff, and postdoctoral and student researchers. He/she will be expected to contribute to written and oral presentations of research and will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of new research initiatives.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong background in chemical synthesis method development and air-sensitive handling techniques

  • Proven ability to work independently with initiative

  • Proven ability to provide day-to-day technical support while maintaining progress on long term tasks

  • Proven ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals and requirements

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrated excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team

Education/Experience :Bachelor’s degree in inorganic, organometallic, organic or (nano) materials chemistry or a related field from an accredited college and 4 years’ experience. Ph.D. in inorganic, organometallic, organic or (nano) materials chemistry orrelated field is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong background in a range of chemical and materials characterization techniques, e.g., S/TEM, XRD, AFM, NMR, FTIR, static and time-resolved spectroscopy

  • Experience in nanolithography techniques, including scanning probe and other non-traditional methods

  • Experience in advanced nanointegration, nanoassembly, and/or nanocomposite formation techniques

  • Experience in 3D printing

  • Experience in device fabrication and testing

  • Basic programming skills

  • A strong publication record

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

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

COVID Vaccine : The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .

Note to Applicants: Contact Jennifer Hollingsworth ( jenn@lanl.gov ) directly about this position. A cover letter and resume are required.

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)

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.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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 PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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. Employment Status

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Contact Details
Contact Name Thalacker, Lindsay K.
Email lthalacker@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC94631
Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies
Minimum Salary 94100
Maximum Salary 155700
Req ID: IRC94631
Category: Science