Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Geometry Scientist 1 (Scientist 1) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

LANL Computational Physics is eagerly searching for masters or doctoral-level career scientists / engineers with research interests and experience in computational geometry and associated software development. Our wide-ranging areas of interest include geometry modeling, mesh generation, and simulation management software towards large scale, massively parallel, multi-physics simulations run at LANL. Within the Lagrangian Codes Group, the Setup Team develops and maintains geometry modeling, mesh generation, and simulation management software for the LANL users of these multi-physics simulation codes.

The duties of our professional staff members include research and development of geometric modeling methods, the implementation of these methods into production codes (using excellent software development practices), the testing of these methods, and educating and supporting users as they adopt these methods. We encourage mentoring for new staff to build skills quickly, and we work within a dynamic team environment that facilitates productive and collaborative relationships with our software users.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Effectively work as part of a team

  • Proficiency with C++ and Python programming on Linux systems

  • Recognized as a technical authority in areas applicable to mission and deliverables as evidenced by accomplishments in code and/or model development and talks and publications delivered to peers on work accomplished.

  • Self-starter; Demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in area of expertise.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance (which normally requires U.S. citizenship and always requires a drug-free life)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience developing geometric modeling software such as CAD systems and/or libraries

  • Working knowledge of geometry modeling techniques and algorithms, including:

  • Splines techniques (e.g., NURBS, Bezier, etc.)

  • 2D and 3D geometry modeling operations (e.g. intersection, union, approximation, repair of defective geometry, etc.)

  • Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG) model construction, editing, and query

  • Boundary Representation (BREP) model construction, editing, and query

  • Working knowledge of mesh generation methods and algorithms, such as block-structured meshing, paving, and advancing front triangle/tetrahedral meshing

  • Working knowledge of mesh optimization techniques, such as mesh smoothing and mesh reconnection

  • Experience developing and/or using computational physics software (e.g., CFD, FEA, Eulerian and/or Lagrange hydrodynamics, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of both distributed and shared memory parallel programming and associated libraries (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, OpenCL, etc.)

  • Working knowledge of GUI development with Qt and/or data visualization with OpenGL

Education: MS in applied mathematics, engineering, physics, computer science, or related field, or undergraduate degree plus three years of experience is strongly preferred. A minimum of a BS is required.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a letter of interest describing how they meet the required and desired qualifications for the position. Recent Ph.D. applicants not meeting all the requirements for the Scientist 1 position may be considered for a postdoctoral appointment.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). 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. See DOE 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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity leave, sick time

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Maximum Salary: 131000

Minimum Salary: 80100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: XCP/Computational Physics

Job Title: Computational Geometry Scientist 1 (Scientist 1)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67464