Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

We are seeking several highly motivated candidates for postdoctoral appointments to work with Ping Yang, Enrique R. Batista and Danny Perez at the Theoretical Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The successful candidates will work in a very dynamic multidisciplinary research team. The positions are in support of several exciting research projects including coordination chemistry, chemical bonding and reactivity dynamics studies using electronic structure approaches, and methodology development and application for long-timescale methods for molecular dynamics at the quantum level. Particular areas of interest include:

1. Applications of state-of-the-art electronic structure and atomistic methods to a range of problems in computational chemistry, including:
  • Dynamics and kinetics of chemical reactivity of actinide species in gas and liquid phase
  • Chemical bonding, spectroscopic signatures of organo-metallic systems
  • Chemistry and dynamics of catalytic behavior of metal oxide surfaces

2. Computational method development:
  • Development of semi-empirical methods for heavy elements
  • Machine learning approaches for efficient exploration of chemical space
  • Long-timescale atomistic methods for chemical systems

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research.
  • A solid fundamental knowledge of relevant computational methodologies and fundamental chemistry, such as quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and rate theories
  • Extensive experience with major quantum chemistry and/or condensed phase electronic structure computational packages.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry, Physics, Computational Science, or closely related discipline, earned within five years of the employment start date.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience using large-scale high performance computing resources.
  • Experience in developing new simulation methodologies, especially that address challenges relevant to long-time simulations.
  • Experience with developing or maintaining scientific software.
  • Experience with running and analyzing molecular dynamics simulations.
Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.
COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:
  • Applicants must apply online, and should submit a CV and a cover letter. The cover letter should address the minimum job requirements and desired skills of this position, with specific examples from your academic and research experience.
  • To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested above.
  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.
  • Contract Period: 24 months, extension to 36 months possible upon mutual agreement
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 childbirth 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 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.Employment Status

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. We enhance national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and serve as a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Our leadership and governance, awards and achievements, infrastructure and employees reflect our strong mission focus on national security and contributions to 21st century science.

Los Alamos National Laboratory's mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.

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