Los Alamos National Laboratory High Energy Density Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The P-24 Plasma Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking exceptional candidate applications for postdoctoral research in the field of high-energy-density physics (HEDP), inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and discovery plasma science. Los Alamos National Laboratory is a world leader in HEDP, ICF, and basic plasma science, with P-24 conducting a broad-ranging program of research for NNSA/DOE defense and science programs, on large and small scale experimental facilities, including the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the OMEGA laser facility at the University of Rochester, the Texas Petawatt Laser, the Jupiter Laser Facility at LLNL, and other facilities around the world. Current research being conducted in HED, ICF and discovery plasma physics includes implosion physics, hydrodynamics and instabilities, mix and burn, magnetized and turbulent HED plasmas, warm dense matter, radiation transport, laser-plasma interactions, and x-ray and nuclear diagnostics.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in experimental plasma physics or a very closely related discipline, as evidenced by at least one first-author paper submitted to or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Sound academic training in fundamental plasma physics.

  • Some research experience in a laboratory plasma-physics environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

Education: A Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics or very closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with approaches and challenges of HEDP and ICF

  • Familiarity with plasma diagnostics, such as imaging, spectroscopy, interferometry, or nuclear measurements.

  • Experience using laser or pulsed-power driver facilities to conduct ICF or HED experiments.

  • Willingness to travel to perform experiments and participate in conferences.

  • Experience with data analysis using software tools such as IDL or Matlab.

Notes to Applicants:

In addition to applying on-line, interested candidates should send their inquiries and resume to Thomas Murphy (tjmurphy@lanl.gov) for HED/ICF, Alex Zylstra (zylstra@lanl.gov) for ICF, Heather Johns (hjohns@lanl.gov) for spectroscopy and radiation hydrodynamics, Juan Fernandez (juanc@lanl.gov) for Relativistic Laser Plasmas and to Kirk Flippo (kflippo@lanl.gov) for HED discovery science and magnetized HED physics. Contact Ray Leeper (rleeper@lanl.gov) for more general information about the team and group.

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

For general information to the Postdoc Program go to http://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 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: P-24/Plasma Physics

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: High Energy Density Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC64857