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Actinide Thermodynamics Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 09/21/2020
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Job Title Actinide Thermodynamics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name EES-14/Earth System Observations
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What You Will Do

We are seeking outstanding candidates for an exciting opportunity to be a postdoctoral fellow to perform thermodynamic and structural studies of actinide phases including transuranic elements at various conditions. The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team to determine phase equilibria and structural transformations of actinide-bearing alloys and compounds in extreme environments (temperature, pressure, radiation and chemistry). This research is critical for tackling a range of issues in actinide science and technology with applications to national security, nuclear energy and environmental remediation. Join us to be part of this transformational research!

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Candidates should have experience conducting calorimetric experiments and thermodynamic analysis and/or structural determination using synchrotron X-ray scattering and Raman spectroscopy. Other desired skills include any of the following: experience working with radiological materials, skills in instrumentation setup and assembly, and/or strong background in crystallography, coordination chemistry and materials synthesis & characterization. Applicants should have strong written and oral communication skills demonstrated through publications in professional journals and presentations at research meetings.


Education: A Ph.D. in geosciences, chemistry, physics, materials science or closely related fields completed within the last five years is required.


Note to Applicants:  Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a resume. The cover letter should address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening.

Additional Details

Position does not require a security clearance, though the ability to obtain a clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship, is desired. Selected candidates will also 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 to https://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.

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)

Appointment Type Postdoc
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