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Trace Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate
Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Date Posted 07/14/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job Title Trace Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name C-NR/Nuclear & Radiochemistry
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

The Trace Radiochemistry Team (subteam of the Clean Chemistry Team) in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group of the Chemistry Division is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position performing chemical separations/purifications for nuclear forensics purposes. The postdoctoral research associate will focus on developing new methods for the purification of trace constituents (e.g. Pu, Am, Np, Th, Pa, Ra) from bulk matrices (U, sediment, etc.) for isotope signature and trace element analysis. Methods developed will primarily support nuclear forensics and the characterization of material found out of regular control with applications to basic research as well as a number of national security projects. In addition to this work, this postdoctoral position offers opportunities to pursue research related to: radiochronometery/age dating for nuclear forensics; international safeguards; applications of non-traditional metal stable isotope systems to the nuclear fuel cycle. It is expected that the successful candidate will present their work at national/international conferences, and will publish their results in appropriate refereed journals. A background in mass spectrometry is preferred but not required.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated expert level experience with inorganic/analytical chemistry or geochemistry;

  • Strong background in analytical method development;

  • Proven ability to work independently with initiative;

  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and attention to detail;

  • Possesses proven strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Experience with data validation, analytical data report generation, and/or publication of analytical results

  • In addition to a Curriculum Vitae, candidate must submit a cover letter addressing how they meet the specific requirements.

Education/ExperienceA Ph.D. in Chemistry or related subject (e.g. Geology/Geochemistry). The candidate 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:

  • Demonstrated expert level experience chemically separating and purifying actinides or metals from environmental or nuclear matrices;

  • Experience working in a cleanroom environment;

  • Experience with age dating environmental or nuclear materials (chronometry or radiochronometry);

  • Familiarity with thermal ionization and/or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry;

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

Location:  This position will be physically located in Los Alamos. Ability to report on-site is a must for this position.

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.


*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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Appointment Type Postdoc
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