Membrane Science Postdoc Research Associate

Los Alamos National Laboratory - Los Alamos, NM4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $65,000 - $88,000 a year
Organization NameMPA-11/Materials Chemistry
What You Will Do

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices Group (MPA-11) is comprised of research scientists, technicians, postdoctoral researchers, and students specializing in experimental chemistry, materials, and applied energy research. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative chemical synthesis, materials science, and engineering solutions to fundamental and applied research challenges relevant to the Laboratory’s Missions, including energy security, nuclear deterrence, and global threat reduction.

Position Description

The Materials Physics and Applications Division (MPA) of the Physical Sciences Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory has postdoctoral research fellow openings in the areas of materials and membrane science within MPA-11. Successful applicants will join the Carbon Capture and Separations for Energy Applications (CaSEA) team and participate in multidisciplinary research efforts aimed at the rational design, synthesis, and characterization of materials, membranes, and/or sorbents for gas/vapor/liquid separation applications. The ideal candidates have demonstrated expertise in membrane based separations and more specifically in the design, synthesis, fabrication, and characterization of materials for gas/vapor/liquid separation applications. Selected candidates will be expected to work independently on a defined research project and as part of a multidisciplinary research team. Candidates will be expected to disseminate their results through internal reports/presentations, patents (if applicable), peer-reviewed journal publications, and conference presentations.

What You Need

Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with design, synthesis, fabrication, and/or characterization of selective membrane materials for gas/vapor/liquid separation applications;
  • Demonstrated experience with hollow fiber membrane and module fabrication;
  • Demonstrated experience with membrane characterization for gas/vapor/liquid separations;
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in analytical techniques supporting this type of research, including infrared spectroscopy, electron microscopy, thermomechanical analysis, rheological characterization, sorption measurements, positron spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team conducting scientific or industrial work;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated record of reliability and versatility;
  • Demonstrated competency with computers and software applications for word processing, data processing (e.g., Excel/Origin/Matlab), and data visualization.
Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with polymerization, polymer modification, and polymer deposition techniques;
  • Demonstrated experience in synthetic organic and/or polymer chemistry;
  • Demonstrated experience with process modeling software, e.g. Aspentech product line;
  • Knowledge of data acquisition software and hardware, e.g., NI LabVIEW;
  • Demonstrated high-level skills in the design, assembly, maintenance, troubleshooting, and operation of vacuum and high-pressure systems.

A Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry, or related technical field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed. Thesis work with emphasis in Membrane or Separation Science and Technology preferred.

Note to Applicants: For additional technical inquiries, contact Dr. Raj Singh at

Additional Details:
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.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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 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.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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