Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Static High-Pressure Team within the Shock & Detonation Physics Group (M-9) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for potentially multiple Postdoctoral Research Associates. Our work utilizes static high-pressure experimental platforms to study fundamental condensed matter thermodynamics and kinetics of materials at extreme pressures and temperatures.
We seek outstanding candidates to contribute to our Team’s diamond anvil cell (DAC) experimental programs. Prior experience in high-pressure research is not as important as a solid background in experimental physical science, a strong intellectual curiosity and meticulous laboratory skills. Ongoing DAC projects within our team include pressure-volume-temperature equations of state; elastic properties of materials using ultrasound; kinetic properties of materials using dynamic DACs; strength and deformation of materials; and laser heating of metals and oxides, up to and including melting.
Ph.D. in Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field earned within 5 years of the anticipated start date
Demonstrated ability to work safely and productively with minimal supervision
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and experience interacting with personnel at all levels
Ability to explain and present technical information, both verbally and in written form, to an audience with varied technical backgrounds
Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship)
Experience with DACs and experiments at synchrotron or other user facilities
Experience with dynamic, laser-heated or radial diffraction in DACs
Experience with crystallography of low-symmetry materials
Proficiency in common experimental tools such as LabVIEW, oscilloscopes, function generators, etc.
Experience with computer programming for data analysis using MATLAB or Python
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