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Coatings Postdoctoral Research Associate
Los Alamos National Security in
Date Posted 07/29/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The position resides in the Thin Films and Coatings (TFC) Team of the MST-7 Group. The TFC Team’s expertise includes: (i) physical vapor deposition (PVD); (ii) chemical vapor deposition (CVD); (iii) coatings/thin films properties characterization, and (iv) polymer aging/degradation research. Experimental capabilities are spread between ten laboratories located at the Target Fabrication Facility. The successful applicant will work closely with scientists, engineers, technologists, and technicians and be expected to contribute to research projects focused on coatings fabrication by CVD and chemical solution deposition (CSD) methods. Work tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop CVD/CSD methods for coating of parts with complex geometries;

  • Fabricate thin films and coatings and characterize their properties;

  • Design, install, and maintain equipment;

  • Lead and contribute to technical reports, manuscripts, and presentations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong hands-on technical background in CVD and/or CSD methods.

  • Demonstrated abilities in writing peer reviewed publications.

  • Experience in characterization of chemical, microstructural, and mechanical coatings properties.

  • Demonstrated experience accomplishing technical tasks while working independently as well as in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in meeting deadlines for project deliverables including samples/products, test results, reports, etc. while, at the same time, being involved in multiple projects having various and sometimes changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience following safety requirements during execution of assigned tasks.

  • Demonstrated excellent record of dependability, availability, attendance, and punctuality.

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

Education: Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following methods: surface morphology and optical and electronic properties characterization

  • Experience in thin films and coatings fabrication by PVD

  • Experience with LabView programming

Point of contact:

Igor O. Usov, Ph.D.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

MST-7: Engineered Materials Group

Team Leader for Thin Films and Coatings

Office: (505)667-3656

Cell: (505)695-5223

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



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Vacancy Name: IRC87890
Organization Name MST-7/Engineered Materials
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Req ID: IRC87890
Category: Postdoc

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