Vacancy Name: IRC34285


Job TitleWelding/Additive Manufacturing Postdoc
LocationLos Alamos, NM, US
Organization NameMST-6/Materials Technology-Metallurgy

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.


The Welding and Joining Team in the Materials Technology-Metallurgy group (MST-6) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research candidate with experience in welding and related processes, including brazing and soldering, and Metal Additive Manufacturing (MAM). Expertise in operation of Electron Beam Welding (EBW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and/or Laser Beam Welding (LBW) equipment is required. The ability to operate and/or modify experimental equipment is important, as is an ability to integrate computer-controlled motion and welding systems. In addition the position may require working with toxic or radioactive materials.


Required Skills and Experience: Expertise in one or more of the following areas: EBW, GTAW, GMAW, LBW or laser-materials processing. Additionally, demonstrated ability to operate experimental and production welding equipment in a safe and effective manner is compulsory. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including a strong publishing record in areas relevant to the science and technology of welding and joining is necessary. Ability to obtain a Q-clearance which generally requires US Citizenship.


Desired Skills: In addition to familiarity with one or more welding and joining processes, the successful candidate will have significant expertise in one or more of the following areas: arc physics, manufacturing, sensors and diagnostics, signal analysis, control theory, data analysis, statistical analysis of data, automation, alloy system solidification, phase transformations, numerical simulation of welding processes or microstructural evolution during joining, materials characterization and weldability. Fluency with commercial programs such as LABVIEW, Thermocalc, PANDAT or DICTRA is also desired.


Education:  A Ph.D. Degree in Metallurgy, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed.

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Pre-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.   

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship, and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.


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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 1-505-665-5627.


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