Nanomaterials Chemist (Research Technologist 2)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, New Mexico
September 12 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Nanomaterials Chemist (Research Technologist 2)

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (MPA-CINT) has an opportunity for a highly skilled and motivated chemist to assume the role of research technologist in support a broad range of activities associated with the nanomaterials synthesis, assembly and integration operations of a national nanoscale science research center and user facility.

The successful candidate will oversee the day-to-day operations of a nanochemistry and nanomaterials synthesis laboratory, learning and maintaining a suite of synthesis, integration and characterization tools (e.g., automated reactor system, microfluidics reactor system, dip-pen nanolithography system, thin-film fabrication tools, particle-size analyzers, optical spectroscopy/microscopy instruments) and support implementation of safe operation practices.

This position will also address nano-synthesis, assembly and/or integration needs of science users for advanced nanomaterials samples, in collaboration with center staff, students and postdocs. The nanomaterials chemist will contribute to the maintenance and development of new facility capabilities and science initiatives and collaborate with center staff and postdoctoral and student researchers. In addition, the nanomaterials chemist will contribute to written and oral presentations of research, and have the opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of new research initiatives. 


  • Demonstrated expert-level experience with inorganic, organometallic, organic or nanomaterials chemistry as indicated by a PhD or equivalent combination of degree, experience and demonstrated success as an independent researcher
  • Strong background in chemical synthesis method development and air-sensitive handling techniques
  • Strong background in a range of chemical and materials characterization techniques, e.g., S/TEM, XRD, AFM, NMR, FTIR, static and time-resolved spectroscopy
  • Ability to work independently with initiative
  • Ability to provide day-to-day technical support while maintaining progress on long-term tasks
  • Capability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, goals and requirements
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work well with others in a team and

    excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication abilities

Desired Skills

  • Experience in nanolithography techniques, including scanning probe and other non-traditional methods
  • Experience in advanced nanointegration, nanoassembly and/or nanocomposite formation techniques
  • Experience in 3D printing and device fabrication and testing
  • Basic programming skills
  • A strong publication record
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship

Education: Ph.D. in inorganic, organometallic, organic or (nano)materials chemistry or equivalent combination of degree and years of experience; degree in materials science may be considered responsive to this posting depending upon nature of research experience.

Mission Driven

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.

Contact Jennifer Hollingsworth ( directly about this position. A cover letter and resume are required.

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 regard 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.