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Research Scientist - Physics of Cold Molecules

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Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of staff members, technologists, postdocs and visiting researchers. The Combustion Chemistry program at Sandia, under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, seeks to reveal the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. The program emphasizes determination of the rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions, characterization of molecular structure and energetics, and measurement and modeling of idealized combustion devices. Researchers in the program employ laser-based pump/probe techniques to interrogate chemical reactivity and structure, ion-imaging to simultaneously measure velocity and internal-state distributions of reaction products, and experiments in the femtosecond-domain to directly probe energy conversion within a molecule. In other work, molecular photolysis is coupled with absorption/fluorescence detection methods to determine the thermal rate coefficients and product distributions for reactions that constitute the individual steps in the combustion chain process. Current computational efforts include ab initio calculations of molecular structure and energetics and computer modeling of the complete kinetics of combustion processes in both laminar and turbulent environments. For more information, visit We are seeking candidates for a member of technical staff position to perform experimental work in the area of production of and study of ultra-cold atoms and molecules. Applicants should have interest and expertise in the production of ultra-cold atoms and molecules and their use in collisional energy transfer and spectroscopic studies. The trapping and guiding of cold molecules for the study of collisional relaxation at ultracold temperatures is to be emphasized. This work will be both complimentary and initially collaborative with the work of Dr. David Chandler in the area of production and utilization of ultracold molecules for studies of collision dynamics.

Qualified candidates will possess a PhD in the areas of Physics or Chemistry. Experience with cooling and trapping of atoms in a magneto-optical trap, laser spectroscopy, hexapole guiding fields, computer programming, microelectronics, and high voltage electronics is desired. Candidates must be able to obtain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance for this position. In order to obtain a security clearance, U.S. citizenship is required.

Located in Livermore, a bustling Northern California city with a “small, hometown feel,” we enjoy close proximity to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, several world-class educational institutions, and diverse cultural and year-round recreational opportunities. Sandia provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401K with company-match, and a retirement pension plan. Our culture values work-life balance—by offering programs such as flexible work schedules with alternate Fridays off, on-site fitness facilities, three weeks of vacation, and more.

If you are interested in helping us change the world, please apply ONLINE for this position at Click on “Career Opportunities,” select job reference # 56302 (click “View All” to see all job postings), and complete an ONLINE application. Sandia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.