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High Explosives Postdoctoral Research Associate
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 04/29/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The High Explosives Science and Technology (Q-5) Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) seeks exemplary candidates to advance our capabilities for advanced manufacturing of energetic materials. The selected candidate will be integrated into a multidisciplinary team centered on additive manufacturing processes for explosives applications, and will be expected to participate in other research and development activities that broaden the experience of the candidate. The team seeks to advance technical methods for producing energetic materials, and advance the understanding of phenomena that arise in structure property relationships of these newly developed materials.

The tasks for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Direct write additive manufacturing of highly loaded suspensions.

  • Small-scale detonation experiments with diagnostics ranging from high-speed imaging, PDV or other pertinent techniques for explosives performance measurement.

  • Formulation of energetic materials from small <2g to large >500g quantities.

  • Development and integration of new techniques and instrumentation to increase experimental throughput and scale up production methods.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge

Have a demonstrated record in one or more of the following:

  • Design, construction and integration of custom instrumentation.

  • Developing hardware control systems combining process control, real time feedback, and data acquisition.

  • Knowledge of Energetic Materials, specifically High Explosives, with an emphasis on fast characterization techniques (imaging, PDV, etc).

  • Computer application development (programming) focused on the integration of multiple instrumentation systems.

  • Have experience programming in an engineering language (Python, Matlab, Labview, etc…).

Communication and Teamwork

A strong record of effective communication skills, demonstrated through presentation and publication of research and the ability to communicate experimental techniques or procedures to co-workers.The ability to work across large interdisciplinary teams to meet time-sensitive goals for multiple programs and project leaders.

Experimental Skills

Be able to carry through an experiment from sample generation, diagnostic insertion, destructive dynamic testing, and data analysis and presentation.

High Explosives

Willing to work with High Explosives, requiring an attention to detail in safety, communication, and material handling and control.

Education/Experience : PhD from an accredited university in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering, or related field. The selected applicant must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within five years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Computer/Hardware integration and programming literacy with competency in basic circuit design and hygienic wiring.

  • Experience programming algorithms for analyzing large data sets and producing data in a graphical format to clearly convey information (MatLab, Igor, Origin, etc…).

  • Experience with metered flow processes or processing of high viscosity non-Newtonian fluids where feedstock rheological properties might vary or be time dependent.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a package that includes:

  • Cover letter clearly addressing all minimum and desired requirements (maximum 2 pages)

  • Current CV including publications (maximum 2 pages, excluding publications)

  • Summary of your current and recent research projects. Figures, tables, and schemes are encouraged (maximum 3 pages)

  • Candidates may be considered for the Harold Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellowship or the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship. Outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

    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.

    Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

    • for access to classified matter.

    • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

    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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    Organization Name Q-5/High Explosives Science and Technology
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    Category: Postdoc

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