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Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher in the Physics of Self-organization in High Energy Density, Nonlinear, Kinetic Plasmas in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

XTD is the nuclear weapons design division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). We use sophisticated multi-physics simulations on high- performance supercomputers to ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent and assess global nuclear threats. We are staffed by scientists and engineers who come from a variety of disciplines, including physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, nuclear and mechanical engineering, and material science.

This specific opening is for a new project aimed at Smart Computing and statistical analyses incorporating Machine Learning, focusing on improving the performance and reach of kinetic plasma simulations. The successful applicant will be part of a team that is implementing new algorithms and techniques for advancing multiscale multi-physics simulations of kinetic plasmas and their application to nonlinear laser plasma interactions, and plasma transport.

The successful candidate will :

  • Work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team that isimplementing new algorithms and techniques for advancing multiscale multi-physics simulations of kinetic plasmas.

  • Execute computational models that run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.

  • Document work products in written form, e.g. code documentation, memoranda, and journal publications.

  • Present work achievements to the team and management, sponsors, and when appropriate to the scientific community at technical conferences.

  • Collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers, as well as scientists at other laboratories and universities.

Postdoctoral Researcher : Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of these dates, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher level, e.g. PhD + 0: $75,500; PhD + 1: $77,400, etc. For more information go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-salary-guidelines.php .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge:

Ability to and interest in learning a broad range of physics.


Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, interpersonally and to large audiences. A penchant for publishing at all levels ranging from open archival journals to internal laboratory reports and memoranda.


Ability to provide experimental design leadership while effectively collaborating across the spectrum of scientists, engineers, managers, administrators, and laboratories/universities.


Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q-clearance which typically requires U.S. Citizenship.

Education/Experience :

Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, nuclear or mechanical engineering, material science, or a related discipline completed within the last 5 years. Applications from candidates who will earn their degree by the time of appointment are accepted.

Desired Qualifications:

Expertise in numerical methods, methods analysis, computational physics and software. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the UNIX/Linux operating system.Programming experience with python, C, C++, or Fortran for scientific applications.

Note to Applicants:

Please attach a CV and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills. Please note that without a CV and cover letter your application will not be considered.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.

Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Q Clearance: 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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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.

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 regard 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.

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