Los Alamos National Laboratory Neutrino Physicist (Scientist 3/4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3/4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

P-25 is searching for an experienced neutrino physicist to join our Short Baseline Neutrino research team and develop its involvement in the DUNE collaboration.

The successful applicant will be part of the team performing short-baseline sterile neutrino and dark matter searches at Fermilab for the SBN program and will lead LANL involvement in the DUNE collaboration. For SBN, the successful applicant will play a major role in the SBND experiment and the analysis of all four SBN detectors, including the resolution of the excess events observed by MiniBooNE. For DUNE, the successful applicant will develop LANL’s role in DUNE in the construction and analysis of the near and/or far detectors, incorporating the insights gained from the SBN program. The successful applicant will mentor graduate students and postdocs.

Scientist 3 ($96,600-$161,300) The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Be an active member of the SBN team.

  • Coordinate efforts between the LANL team and its collaborators for DUNE.

  • Lead decision-making in construction and analysis of team’s contribution to project for DUNE.

  • Develop advanced conceptions, methods, and techniques and approaches to address specialized needs of program.

  • Influence the direction of the team in organizing project and program strategies, leading to the success of key programmatic objectives.

  • Mentor team members as appropriate.

Scientist 4 ($116,900 - $197,000) In addition to the duties outlined above, the (higher level title) will be required to:

  • Incorporate others with specialized knowledge and skills across disciplines across the Laboratory and project team members to support a cohesive team.

  • Lead the development of DUNE scope, schedule, and budget and define deliverables at project or program level.

  • Determine proper courses of action necessary to obtain desired results, developing advanced methods to problem solve and using the resources available to the team successfully.

  • Collaborate as an expert to developments in industry and influences the development of new skills consistent with state-of-the-art. Establish technological qualifications for field.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in physics or a related field

  • Demonstrated excellent scientific excellence in experimental neutrino physics.

  • Analysis, software and hardware expertise.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, as evidenced by candidate’s publication record.

  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal and visual communication skills as evidenced by talks and presentations.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 4: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 4 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experimental leadership in neutrino physics, including national and/or international reputation in neutrino physics.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor students and postdocs.

  • Record of success in personnel management as demonstrated by the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of an outstanding and diverse research, and technical staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to write proposals and obtain funding, includingsuccess with program development as evidenced by successfully identifying strategic opportunities and developing agreements to fund new initiatives.

Desired Skills:

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance

  • Experience in DOE HEP neutrino program.

  • Experience working on domestic accelerator neutrino program.

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.

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.

The Physics Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invites you to join our team providing fundamental science research that supports our National Security Mission. Discover why we attract the best and brightest minds in the world.

The Neutrino Team in the P-25 group performs sterile neutrino and dark matter searches at Fermilab using the MiniBooNE, MicroBooNE, SBND, and ICARUS detectors that form the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) program. MiniBooNE and MicroBooNE are actively taking data, while SBND and ICARUS are under construction. The four detectors combined will have the world’s best sensitivity to short-baseline neutrino oscillations and sterile neutrinos.

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a leading-edge, international experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies. DUNE will consist of two neutrino detectors placed in the world’s most intense neutrino beam. One detector will record particle interactions near the source of the beam, at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. A second, much larger, detector will be installed more than a kilometer underground at the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory in Lead, South Dakota — 1,300 kilometers downstream of the source. These detectors will enable scientists to search for new subatomic phenomena and potentially transform our understanding of neutrinos and their role in the universe.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: P-25/ Subatomic Physics

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: Neutrino Physicist (Scientist 3/4)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC60147