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Synthetic Organic/Bioorganic Chemist

NAS Recruitment
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Scientist 2: $99,200 - $164,100/Scientist 3: $119,200 - $201,100
Closing date
Aug 20, 2023

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. We are seeking a Synthetic Organic/Bioorganic Scientist to join the Biochemistry and Biotechnology Sciences Group (B-TEK) in the Bioscience Division. In this position, you will support and develop programmatic and R&D efforts on multidisciplinary projects involving the synthesis, characterization, and identification of novel chemical compounds that answer questions in multiple disciplines (e.g., biosecurity, bioenergy, biophysical chemistry, structural biology, etc.). This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate.


  • Develop new, mission-relevant science programs utilizing sophisticated synthetic organic/bioorganic chemistry skills and assist in the preparation of new research proposals that successfully compete for internal and external funding Troubleshoot and optimize synthetic routes for the synthesis of target compounds and communicate your results through internal reports, progress reports, formal presentations and peer reviewed publications Level 3 Scientists will be expected to contribute to and influence the Division and/or Directorate strategies and directions, provide mentoring, peer review, meeting organization and personal and team scientific goals, as well as develop and implement project management plans for moderate to large projects and serve as a role model for effective and creative technical leadership within B-TEK and the Bioscience Division


  • Ph.D. in a chemical/biochemical science from an accredited college or university 2+ years of related experience (Scientist 2); 6+ years of related experience (Scientist 3) Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technical research and development projects Demonstrated ability to conduct literature reviews and drive innovation to improve synthetic strategies and outcomes Experience analyzing and characterizing known and unknown synthesized compounds using a sophisticated range of spectroscopic and analytical techniques, such as NMR, MS, high performance chromatography, UV/Vis/IR/Raman/CD spectroscopies, XRD, etc. Knowledge of automated, modern synthetic methods, such as flow-based chemical, photochemical and electrochemical techniques Ability to acquire internal/external funding for self and team by leading development of proposals as the PI Excellent written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record

Additional Requirements for Scientist 3:

  • Advanced knowledge and proven ability to translate scientific findings into practical applications Demonstrated ability of comprehensive understanding of principles of scientific integrity Ability to provide technical direction to multi-disciplinary teams and/or multiple teams for Laboratory-wide and/or multi-institution initiatives Demonstrated strong mentoring and coaching capabilities for students, postdoctoral researchers and young staff Ability to acquire internal/external funding for your team by leading development of proposals

We Are Delivering Scientific Excellence

Los Alamos National Laboratory is more than a place to work. It is a catalyst for discovery, innovation and achievement. It’s one of the reasons we attract world-class talent who contribute greatly to our outstanding culture. Professional development, work/life balance and a diverse and inclusive team foster lasting career satisfaction. Our onsite cafeterias and medical, fitness and breastfeeding facilities, education assistance and generous compensation and benefits reflect our commitment to providing our people with all they need for personal and professional growth. Northern New Mexico offers an abundance of wildlife, culture and adventures, including hiking trails and nearby ski resorts. Learn why Los Alamos has been rated #3 in the Best Counties to Live in the USA.

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Req Number: IRC122400


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 regards 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.


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