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Welding & Joining Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 05/22/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

As a postdoctoral research assistant, you will be an integral member of a team tackling a variety of welding and additive manufacturing challenges involving laser and electron beam welding, and electron beam additive manufacturing (directed energy deposition). In particular, you will be working on projects for determining properties of welds/AM builds and the machines on which they are made to demonstrate the capabilities of the processes represented. You will work with a mentor, but will be assigned portions of projects over which you will have responsibility.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Hands on physical research experience, especially in the areas of welding and/or additive manufacturing (particularly wirefed processes)

  • Experience with welding monitoring and diagnostics

  • Experience with computer data acquisition systems on processing or fabrication equipment

  • Desire to work on production-centric metal manufacturing research and development activities

  • Experience presenting research results at technical conferences or instructing lab/lecture courses

  • Demonstrated experience working in a team environment

  • Completed coursework or research experience in one of the disciplines outlined above

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which normally requires U.S. Citizenship

Education/Experience: PhD in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Welding Engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated and independent researcher who has demonstrated experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team

  • Experience with welding or additive manufacturing equipment and operation, particularly lasers, electron beams, or additive manufacturing

  • An understanding of metals manufacturing methods including, but not limited to: welding, directed energy deposition additive manufacturing, brazing, wire production, heat treatment, thermal imaging, induction heating, and machining

  • Experience with mechanical property testing and characterization

  • Experience using modeling and simulation codes such as C++, Abaqus, Ansys, Comsol or similar

  • Experience with non-destructive examination techniques, such as radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, electromagnetic testing, penetrant testing, proof testing, or similar

  • Familiarity with engineering drawings, dimensioning, and tolerance

  • Experience or familiarity with radiological materials

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues

  • Demonstrated self-starter with the ability to effectively work in a team environment

Note to Applicants:

When submitting your application electronically to this vacancy, please submit the following:

1) a cover letter summarizing your skills, research areas of interest, and desire to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory

2) a curriculum vitae or résumé that contains the following information: education, major, GPA, relevant work experience, relevant technical skills

3) a list of professional references

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos

Where You Will Work

Sigma Division focuses on materials science and engineering, emphasizing metallurgical processes and research in support of the experimental testing program at Los Alamos. The Division is a service oriented capability that supports a broad customer base, both internal and external to LANL, with high quality one of a kind prototype components. The work ranges from unclassified to TS/SCI level security and covers all materials from hydrogen to uranium on the periodic chart.

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. Appointment Type



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