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Los Alamos National Laboratory Polymers/Soft Materials/Ionic Liquids Synthesis and Structural Characterization Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) in the Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA-CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral associate in synthesis of polymers/soft materials/ionic liquids and structural characterization. Project work involves synthesizing block copolymers, soft colloidal particles, and ionic liquids, and studying their phase behaviors and nanostructures using X-ray scattering and microscopic techniques. A strong candidate will have experience with organic/polymer synthesis (preferably under strictly air- and water-free conditions), small angle X-ray scattering, and/or basic electron microscopy measurements. A suite of other characterization methods are available at CINT. Candidates are expected to collaborate with scientists in various disciplines to perform cutting-edge materials science research which supports Laboratory missions and maintains Laboratory Excellence in Science and Technology.

The CINT is a national user facility funded by the DOE Office of Science to provide research capabilities in nanoscience to a worldwide community of users. The MPA-CINT group stewards the CINT Gateway facility at LANL, which together with the Core facility at Sandia National Laboratory form the entire CINT user facility. 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 athttps://cint.lanl.gov. The primary work location for this position will be the Gateway Facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico, with possibility of occasional business trips to the Core Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. (completed within the last five years or soon to be completed) in Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or closely related fields, together with a strong background and hands-on experience in one or more polymer synthesis techniques (including but not limited to anionic polymerization, controlled radical polymerization, and emulsion polymerization) and/or related organic synthesis methods.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by writing and/or editing technical journals, papers, or proposals.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated by presenting scientific works at conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.

  • Ability to work creatively and independently on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals, and requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with synthesis of soft/polymeric colloidal particles and/or narrow-dispersity block copolymers.

  • Experience in building and/or modifying an organic/polymer synthesis setup (e.g., connecting gas lines in a fume hood, handling Schlenk/vacuum lines, assembling synthesis reactors)

  • Experience with structural characterization using X-ray/neutron scattering, electron microscopy, and/or atomic force microscopy.

  • Experience and/or interest in machine learning applied to chemistry and materials science.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Note to Applicants:

To apply, submit a CV with full publication list, a cover letter outlining research interests (no more than two pages), and names and contact information of three references. Only complete applications will be considered. For questions, please contact Kyungtae Kim ( kyungtae@lanl.gov ).

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

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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships. For more information about the Postdoc Program, go tohttps://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php.

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



Vacancy Name: IRC83869
Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC83869
Category: Postdoc