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High Magnetic Field Condensed Matter Physics Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 09/21/2020
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Job Title High Magnetic Field Condensed Matter Physics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
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What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) are seeking a highly motivated and technically excellent postdoctoral researcher in  experimental condensed matter physics focusing on quantum information. Two possible projects are (1) frustrated magnets and spin liquids in particular Kitaev spin liquids with Majorana fermions and (2) molecular magnetic materials including qubit behavior and magnetoelectric coupling. The successful candidate can choose to participate in one or both as well as other projects that arise in a collaborative and fast-based researched environment. Research general involves measurements of magnetic, electrical, thermodynamic and structural properties in DC and pulsed magnetic fields, taking advantage of the capabilities available at the Pulsed Field Facility (PFF). The position also provides opportunities for industrious candidates to pursue new collaborations, develop complementary techniques, and perform independent research within related topics.

What You Need

Qualifications We Require:

Education: A Ph.D in experimental condensed matter physics or related field completed within the past 5 years.


Effective written and verbal communication skills as evinced by publications, presentations, cover letter, and references


Experience with cryogenics and/or high magnetic field measurements in magnetic materials.


Qualifications We Desire:

Experience in one or more of the following areas:

§  Magnetoelectric coupling/multiferroics

§  Spin liquids

§  Frustrated magnetism

§  Measurements of electric polarization

§  Magnetization measurements

§  Molecule-based magnetic materials

§  Spin crossover materials

§  Measurements in high magnetic fields (> 30 T)


Note to Applicants:

Interested candidates can contact Vivien Zapf vzapf@lanl.gov

§  CV

§  Cover letter addressing the qualifications outlined above. Please list names and contact information of three possible references

§  One notable published paper or pre-print (co-)authored by the candidate (.pdf format)


This is a two-year appointment, with a possibility of a third. Highly competitive candidates will be considered for prestigious position as a LANL Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow. 


Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Climbing stairs, walking, working flexible hours or irregular schedule, work near electrical power supplies.


Work Environment:

Work in a noisy environment, work near electrical power supplies, work near machinery with moving parts, cleaning chemicals, safety glasses or eye protection, face shield or facial protection, mask or respirator, hearing protection, gloves or hand protection, safety shoes or protective foot gear.

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.

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.

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. The Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) enables the development of new technologies that solve pressing national energy and security challenges by exploring and exploiting materials and their properties, developing practical applications of materials, and providing world-class user facilities.


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)

Appointment Type Postdoc
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