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Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Weapons Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

XTD is the nuclear weapons design division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). We use sophisticated multi-physics simulations on high-performance supercomputers to ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and assess global nuclear threats. We are staffed by scientists and engineers who come from a variety of disciplines, including physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, nuclear and mechanical engineering, and material science.

The successful candidate will work with XTD researchers in areas such as hydrodynamics, non-linear fluid dynamics, plasma physics, and dynamic material properties. This research will typically use computational tools to analyze experimental data, design new experiments, and advance the state-of-the art. The successful candidate will collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers, as well as scientists at other laboratories and universities.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to and interest in learning a broad range of physics.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, inter-personally and to large audiences.

  • A penchant for publishing at all levels ranging from open archival journals to internal laboratory reports and memoranda.

  • Ability to provide experimental design leadership while effectively collaborating across the spectrum of scientists, engineers, managers, administrators, and laboratories/universities.

  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the UNIX/Linux operating system, scripting languages such as python, and open-source and commercial scientific tools.

  • Working knowledge of numerical methods and computational physics.

  • Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q-clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Expertise in numerical methods, methods analysis, computational physics and software.

  • Experience leading or supporting experiments.

Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, nuclear or mechanical engineering, material science, or a related discipline completed within the last 5 years. Applications from candidates who will earn their degree by the time of appointment are accepted.

Notes to Applicants: Please attach a resume and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills. Please note that without a resume and cover letter your application will not be considered.

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.

Additional Details

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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.

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

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth
Email danaj@lanl.gov
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Vacancy Name: IRC84773
Organization Name XTD-DO/X Theoretical Design
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Req ID: IRC84773
Category: Postdoc