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High Temperature Insulator Materials Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 04/30/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The Polymer Chemistry team in the Engineered Materials group (MST-7) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking highly qualified candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in support of refractory insulating materials development. A strong background in chemistry and materials science is required, as demonstrated by a recent record of authorship of technical reports and peer-reviewed publications in these fields. Expertise in the preparation and characterization of porous and nanostructured materials is desirable. Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following areas: chemical synthesis, ceramics preparation and characterization, chemical and physical vapor deposition (CVD/PVD) techniques, polymer and ceramic matrix composite (PMC/CMC) materials. Candidates are expected to publish the results of their research in the literature and to present at conferences and technical meetings.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed

Solid background in one or more of the following: chemical synthesis, ceramics preparation and characterization, or polymer science

Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by writing and/or editing technical journals, papers or proposals

Strong interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated by experience with public speaking, experience presenting technical information and data to a broad audience, and experience working with interdisciplinary teams having diverse technical backgrounds

Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals and requirements, ability to work with minimal supervision

Education: A Ph.D. completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with sol-gel chemistry, preparation and characterization of porous materials including ceramic and polymer aerogels

Expertise in coatings technologies, in particular atomic layer deposition (ALD)

Experience with Solidworks or other CAD software packages, LabView or other programming experience

Experience with refractory materials, thermal protection systems (TPS), or nuclear reactor materials, and preparation and characterization of these materials

The successful candidate should have a record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publications, presentations, and letters of reference. Proven ability to work effectively both in a team environment as well as independently to meet programmatic milestones and scientific goals are viewed favorably.

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 requires the ability to obtain a security clearance, which normally requires US citizenship. 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.

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.

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