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Mechanical Engineering Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 09/17/2021
Admin-Mechanical Service
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The successful candidate will design, perform, and analyze mechanical testing experiments supporting the development of next-generation polymer materials for national security applications. The testing will involve environments and variables not considered in standard (i.e., ASTM) procedures and will involve the development of new equipment for specific tests. The ideal candidate will therefore be familiar with standard mechanical testing protocols, equipment, and software but will also have the ability to design robust tests for extreme environments. This position will be supported by the Engineered Materials Group (MST-7).

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

For general information about the Postdoc Program, including salary guidelines, see:

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

A strong background in one or more of the following technical areas:

  • Mechanical testing of polymers

  • Analysis of mechanical testing

  • Experimental design for complex material studies

  • Expertise in material modeling such as FEA

Outstanding written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by strong records of publications in high impact technical journals, and presentations at national conferences.

Ability to work productively on multiple projects as demonstrated by meeting deadlines, milestones and requirements.

Ability to work as part of a highly interdisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, material scientists and physicists with minimal supervision.

Education: A Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Polymer Science or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

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Desired Qualifications:

  • Mechanical testing equipment design

  • Experience in composite materials containing polymers, ceramics, metals, etc.

  • Familiarity with material property characterization (e.g., thermomechanical, spectroscopic)

  • Experience with design for manufacturability

  • Proficiency in engineering design and modeling software such as SolidWorks and Ansys

Note to Applicants:

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Vaccination Requirement :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2-Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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.

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 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. Appointment Type



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