Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Scientist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Condensed Matter and Magnet Science group (MPA-CMMS) seeks an outstanding scientist to lead the group’s efforts in spectroscopic studies of spin-physics in quantum materials. The successful candidate will be a member of the Strongly Correlated Electron Systems research team that focuses on discovering and understanding new phenomena in quantum materials. Correlated f-electron-based systems are a particular area of emphasis and studies of magnetism and spin fluctuations often play a crucial role in understanding novel states of matter, including (but not limited to) quantum criticality, topological matter, quantum spin systems, heavy fermion physics, low dimensional physics, spin-orbit coupled systems, and other new phases of matter that often emerge at low temperatures. As such, the preference is for a candidate with expertise in either neutron/x-ray scattering or NMR/NQR. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out experiments either in the laboratory or at a user facility that is most appropriate for the desired measurements. The candidate will also contribute to ongoing technical work as well as to develop and prepare proposals for new research initiatives. The candidate should be able to work effectively as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary research group, which includes sample growth, characterization, transport and thermodynamic measurements, device fabrication, and measurements under extreme conditions (high pressure, high magnetic fields, and low temperature) to explore new physics through new materials.

Scientist 2 ($87,800-$144,800)

The successful candidate will:_


  • Conduct spectroscopic studies of spin-physics in quantum materials

  • Conduct neutron/x-ray scattering or NMR/NQR measurements at LANL or at a user facility that is most appropriate for the desired measurements

  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and present results at conference

  • Work with members of the Strongly Correlated Electron Systems research team and other LANL researchers to discover and understand new phenomena in quantum matter

Scientist 3 ($96,600-$161,300)


In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:_


  • Mentor students and postdoctoral researchers

  • Propose new research directions by submitting proposals that respond to internal and external funding calls

  • Lead research projects involving the use of spin-physics spectroscopies to probe quantum phenomena in correlated-electron and related materials

  • Develop new spectroscopic measurement techniques in support of quantum-materials research

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated record of technical excellence and achievement in spectroscopic studies of correlated electron materials and phenomena as reflected through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at internationally recognized conferences.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with a range of NMR/NQR or neutron/x-ray spectroscopy techniques (e.g. elastic and inelastic), and if appropriate, a record of obtaining beam time at international user facilities, and experience with the execution of state-of-the-art spectroscopic measurements at very low temperatures, high magnetic fields and high pressures.

  • Demonstrated familiarity with relevant theory and appropriate analysis of data.

  • Excellence in communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated dependability and ability to work independently, creatively, and professionally as part of a team environment.

  • Demonstrated collaborative research experience (within academia, industry or government agencies).

  • Ability to establish effective and productive partnerships.

  • Demonstrated commitment to goals of ensuring the health and safety of workers and the public as well as environmental protection.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 level requires:

  • Evidence of successful supervision and mentoring of students and postdoctoral researchers.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability as evidenced by successful management of scientific projects or teams.

  • Demonstrated record of successful proposal writing, as evidenced by a receipt of internal or external research funding.

Education Required for Both Levels: PhD in condensed matter physics or equivalent field and postdoctoral research experience.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants should submit a detailed CV, publication list, a cover letter outlining research interests, and the names and email addresses for four references. Questions about this position can be directed to Filip Ronning (ronning@lanl.gov). Review of applications will begin on Dec. 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: 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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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. LANL has a long history of correlated-electron materials research that brings together experimentalists and theorists working in a strongly collaborative environment. The LANL materials community has access to wide-ranging measurement and sample-growth capabilities that include two user facilities (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Pulsed-Field Facility and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology). LANL also has a vibrant postdoctoral and student program that allows staff scientists to work closely with early-career researchers to accomplish world-class research goals while also helping them develop into successful, independent researchers.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Broge, Margaret Ann

Organization Name: MPA-CMMS/Condensed Matter & Magnet Science

Email: mbroge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Scientist 2/3 (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69083