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Plant Microscopy Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 10/05/2020
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Job Title Plant Microscopy Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name MPA-CINT/Center For Integrated Nanotechnologies
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What You Will Do

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and the Bioenergy and Biome Science (B-11) groups at Los Alamos National Laboratories are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to exploit new imaging methods using entangled photon pairs to monitor plant vitality and health. This is a large, multidisciplinary project involving experts in time-resolved imaging, quantum optics, and plant biology. Expected job duties for this position involve conventional biochemical and biological methods of monitoring water content and biomass accumulation in plants and the ability to exploit new label free imaging methods on an in-house microscope being developed by other members of this cross-disciplinary team.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


·         Outstanding scientific achievement as demonstrated through publications and presentations

·         Proficiency in data analysis methods

·         Strong communication skills (oral and written)

·         Ability to work both independently and in a team environment


Desired Qualifications:

·         Experience with plant biology, anatomy, and physiology

·         Experience with quantitative microscopy

·         Experience writing software to analyze experimental data

·         Experience with infra-red or Raman spectroscopy techniques

·         Experience with microfluidics


Education:  Experimental Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry, Plant Science, or other relevant field completed in last 5 years

Note to Applicants: 

Applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter that addresses how the candidate meets or exceeds the qualifications listed above. In addition to applying on-line, interested candidates should send their inquiries and application materials (CV & cover letter) to Jim Werner ( jwerner@lanl.gov ) and Scott Twary ( stwary@lanl.gov ).

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


The CINT is a user facility bringing together diverse scientists from a variety of fields to study phenomena at the nanoscale. A part of Los Alamos National Laboratory, CINT works with other groups at LANL, establishing multidisciplinary connections to conduct research.


Postdoctoral benefits packages include:

·         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)



Los Alamos is located in the mountains of northern New Mexico with immediate access to many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and climbing, as well as being located near cultural and historic centers.


Appointment Type Postdoc
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