Los Alamos National Laboratory Earth and Environmental Sciences Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for an outstanding candidate for a postdoc position. The postdoc will participate in a combination of experimental research and development, implementation, testing, and the development and application of numerical tools for simulations of fluid flow in porous and fractured media. Part of the research will focus on experiments and simulations of water and vapor transport in an underground salt repository, in support of research pertaining to nuclear waste disposal. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to participate in the design, execution, and modeling of thermally-driven fluid transport experiments for national security applications of interest to the EES Division and collaborative research groups. The position is expected to involve roughly equal percentages of experimentation and computational work, including participation in on-going experiments in the underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, NM. The successful applicant should have a strong publication record and will be expected to publish scientific findings in high impact peer-reviewed journals and high visibility national project reports. Additionally, the candidate will present scientific results at both national and international conferences and project meetings. Finally, the position will require project documentation adhering to defined quality assurance protocols.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience in design, implementation, and analysis of fluid flow experiments in porous and/or fractured media.

  • Demonstrated ability and experience in developing, modifying, and debugging large computational science software with preference given to candidates with experience in flow and transport in porous media software

  • Strong background in geochemistry, experimentation, earth science data analysis and/or subsurface flow and transport simulation. Some combination of these is preferred.

  • Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and the cover letter.

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative, multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary scientific environment.

  • Existing knowledge or willingness to understand energy, environmental, and national security applications.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance which typically requires U.S. Citizenship.

Desired skills:

  • Programming experience with Python, Fortran, Java, C/C++, R, and/or MatLab.

  • High-performance computing experience.

  • Demonstrated record of writing proposals.

  • Demonstrated experience writing annual project reports that synthesize results of a large national or international project.

Education: A Ph.D. in Geology, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Earth Science, Computational Science, Civil or Chemical Engineering or related field. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within five years of completion of the Ph.D. Candidates may also have previous experience including postdoctoral experience.

Notes to Applicants: We anticipate selecting a candidate by June 2018 and hiring during the summer of 2018.

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.

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 general information go to Postdoc Program.

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.

EES employs about 110 scientists and 40 postdocs as well as many students, with expertise in various facets of Earth science. The EES Division solves complex present-day problems in climate science, the production of clean energy, treaty verification, and national and global security missions using high-performance computing, modeling, local and regional monitoring, and other unique capabilities developed for the earth and environmental sciences.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: EES-16/Computational Earth Science

Job Title: Earth and Environmental Sciences Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC65141