Los Alamos National Laboratory Modeling Shock-Particle Interaction Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Methods and Algorithms Group (XCP-4) in the X-Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develops and implements numerical methods for shock hydrodynamics and multiphase flows as well as physical models for high explosives, turbulent reactive flow, and solid mechanics.

We seek outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral research associate position with expertise in the following areas

(1) numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics,

(2) compressible multi-material/fluid simulation and modeling approaches,

(3) chemical kinetics,

(4) modeling strategies for shock-particle interaction,

(5) modern programming languages,

(6) code development.

The candidate is expected to work on multidisciplinary teams with a goal to develop computational models that must run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.

As a postdoctoral research associate you will pursue research on a topic defined in consultation with your mentor. We particularly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expertise in one or more of the areas called out above.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to publish in the relevant academic journals.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with numerical algorithms and a strong ability to analyze and provide creative solutions for technically complex problems.

  • Programming experience with languages such as C, C++, or Fortran 90+ for scientific applications; must be able to work effectively in a collaborative software development environment.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in high explosive modeling and multiple equations of state

  • Experience with immersed boundary methods, Lagrangian particle tracking, diffuse/sharp interface methods

  • Experience with parallel programming models using bulk-synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. MPI, threading) parallelism and modern heterogeneous computing architectures (e.g. GPUs, etc.)

  • Experience with modern task based parallel programming models

  • Experience in other related science and application areas beyond those mentioned above, e.g., turbulence, plasma physics, thermal hydraulics, radiation health physics, radiation detection, radiation-hydrodynamics, multiphase flow, or materials science.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance. 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.

Education: Ph.D. in related field soon to be completed or completed within the last five years.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a casual work environment focused on creative problem solving. 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. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salaries

  • Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Paid sic, holiday, and vacation time

  • 401k match, fully vested on day one (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Participation in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D;, and Disability Insurance

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Access provided to most professional journals

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather 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. Commuting to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: XCP-4/Methods And Algorithms

Job Title: Modeling Shock-Particle Interaction Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67002