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Postdoc in High Magnetic Field Materials Science Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 03/31/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled

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 high magnetic field science. Possible projects are (1) Topological Kondo insulators, or topological insulators or Weyl metal systems, (2) High-Tc superconductors, (3) Two-dimensional materials, (4) Spin liquids and frustrated magnetism, (5) Strongly Correlated Electron Systems. Research generally 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.

The successful applicant will benefit not only from a highly interactive environment within our team but also from the close proximity of the Quantum Matter group (MPA-Q), the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT), and the theoretical condensed matter group at Los Alamos. We seek highly motivated individuals who are passionate about physics to develop and explore new ideas on correlated electrons. Any inquiries about this specific opening and other opportunities within our group are welcome and should be sent to nharrison@lanl.gov .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

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

  • Extensive experience with cryogenics and/or high magnetic field measurements in magnetic materials.

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Magnetometry

  • Electrical transport measurements in extreme environments

  • Sample growth (e.g. flux growth) and characterization

  • High magnetic field experience (B> 30 T)

  • Background in topological materials, high-Tc superconductivity, strongly correlated electron systems

Note to Applicants:

Interested candidates can contact Neil Harrison: nharrison@lanl.gov


  • 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)

  • Appointment Type: Postdoctoral Research Associate, 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.

    Posting Scope: Internal/External

    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.

    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

    Directive 206.2-Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

    Position does not require a 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.

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