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Nanomaterials Chemist Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 09/10/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

A position is available (starting immediately) for a highly talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in colloidal nanomaterial synthesis, surface modification, coupling chemistry and characterization. A key aim of the research will be to discover, develop and implement light-emitting nanomaterials as robust single-photon sources. As such, the successful candidate will show promise for designing optical nanomaterials—heterostructure, morphology, surface chemistry—for targeted properties, i.e., be adept at understanding the interplay between chemistry, structure and function. They should be able to adapt, optimize or devise new chemical synthesis protocol for targeted nanomaterials. The selected postdoc will have the opportunity to engage with a dynamic, multidisciplinary experimental and theoretical research team that bridges fundamental science with application and results-oriented device development and integration. The postdoc will have available to them standard air-sensitive handling equipment, as well as a unique automated reactor system, microfluidic system, and microwave reactor. For assembly and integration of nanomaterials, the postdoc will have thin-film preparation tools, a dip-pen nanolithography system, and microgravity simulator for their use. They would be able to access a suite of fabrication tools and expertise, as well as x-ray and neutron scattering, electron microscopy and single-nanostructure optical spectroscopy/imaging, via the strongly collaborative environment in which they will work, including other postdoctoral researchers, research technologists and scientific staff.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong nanocrystal synthesis experience

  • Chemical synthesis skills using air-sensitive handling techniques

  • Experience with a range of optical and structural characterization techniques

  • Strong chemical intuition and creativity

  • Strong background in chemical synthesis method development

  • A strong publication record

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team

  • Ability to work productively on multiple projects

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in inorganic, organic or materials chemistry or related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Particular expertise in semiconductor quantum dots

  • Nanocrystal coupling chemistry

  • Nanocrystal surface modification

  • Nanocrystal assembly

  • Dip-pen nanolithography

  • Advanced optical and structural characterization techniques

  • Planning and execution of complex, multistep reactions

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Note to Applicants:

  • Contact Jennifer Hollingsworth ( jenn@lanl.gov ) directly about this position.

  • A cover letter, CV and at least 3 letters of recommendation are required.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

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)

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is a Department of Energy, Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) and National User Facility jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories that focuses on cutting-edge nanoscale integration science.

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 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. Appointment Type



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