Spectroscopy and Microscopy Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Sep 15, 2020
Oct 15, 2020
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Detonation Science & Technology (Q-6) groups are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position to study material properties within a microfluidics environment. Project work involves developing and implementing novel microscopy instrumentation using FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies to stand up new analytical capabilities in single-particle analysis. The successful candidate will also perform experimental studies to demonstrate the methods and identify sample characteristics/chemical signatures of explosive materials and/or simulants that impact material performance and explore the underlying physical mechanisms. 


  • Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering, Chemistry or a related field earned within the last five years
  • Experience building complex optical systems and integrating hardware components
  • Experience in hardware integration and software control
  • Comfortable in disassembly and reassembly of instrumentation
  • Proficiency in data analysis
  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievement through publications and presentations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to obtain DOE Q clearance (usually requires U.S. citizenship)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with a variety of microscopy techniques (e.g. confocal, lightsheet, single-particle fluorescence, Raman, etc.)
  • Experience with microfluidics or flow-cytometry
  • Familiarity with FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy techniques

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Apply now: lanl.jobs, search IRC82039: https://lanl.jobs/los-alamos-nm/spectroscopy-and-microscopy-postdoc/2BDA8B2AE6474E58B9EE205A53CAF735/job/


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