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Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Postdoc
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 10/05/2020
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Job Title Experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name MPA-Q/MPA-Quantum
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What You Will Do

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of experimental atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. We are a part of the Quantum Technologies team in MPA-Q at LANL and our main research effort is in developing various quantum sensors with ultracold atoms. The first project for this position is realizing a highly sensitive rotation sensor with an atomtronic SQUID. In the previous experiment (Nature Communications 11, 3338 (2020)), we demonstrated quantum interference of currents in an atomtronic SQUID and a rotation sensing scheme based on this device will be realized in this project. The second project is developing a quantum sensor measuring gravity gradients with a waveguide atom interferometer for the application in gravity imaging and gravity survey.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


·         Strong background in experimental AMO physics

·         Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills


Desired Qualifications:

·         Research experience in ultracold atomic physics

·         Background in quantum sensors and atom interferometers


A Ph.D. in physic completed within the past five years or soon to be completed is required. The candidate will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment.

Note to Applicants:

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions can be sent to Changhyun Ryu at cryu@lanl.gov

Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious 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  .

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 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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