Los Alamos National Laboratory Radiation Effects Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The P-27 group in Physics Division at Los Alamos National laboratory is looking for postdoctoral candidates to work in the Radiation Effects effort at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The thrust of the position will be to develop new capabilities for studying radiation effects on semiconductor electronics, work with and support our users and perform research both independently and in collaboration with our users. Our facilities include a high-energy neutron source that closely mimics the cosmic-ray induced neutron spectrum (ICE House), a low-energy thermal neutron beam (Lujan Center) and we are proposing to develop a 200 MeV to 800 MeV proton irradiation capability for space radiation effects measurements. The Ice House flight path supports users from Industry, National Laboratories and Universities. The successful candidate will help in the operation of the ICE House facilities, develop new instrumentation and capabilities, and perform research either on their own or in collaboration with our users.

P-27 operates the LANSCE experimental facilities, runs a national User Program and performs a wide range of basic and applied nuclear science research. Research areas in the group include studies of experimental nuclear science, neutron radiography and radiation effects using the two intense neutron spallation sources at LANSCE. The high-energy neutron source at Target-4 covers the neutron energy range from approximately 100 keV to up to 600 MeV. The low-energy neutron source at the Lujan Center covers the energy range from cold neutrons up to approximately 100 keV.

A broad range of expertise and background is desired for this position which is at the interface between nuclear science and electrical engineering. A general knowledge of Nuclear Science, Monte Carlo simulation techniques, semiconductor device operation (digital and analog) and semiconductor device radiation testing is valuable. In addition, knowledge of the radiation environments at sea level, aircraft altitudes and in space is useful. Highly qualified applicants will be considered for Director's or Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellowships with exceptional candidates being considered for the prestigious Darlene Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ph. D. with demonstrated scientific achievement in a relevant area of Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear Physics, or related areas to support the current and future experimental radiation effects program

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research

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

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in Radiation Effects on semiconductor devices and electronics

  • Experience with Monte Carlo based simulation tools

  • Experience with detector electronic hardware and/or data acquisition and control design and development

  • Experience with radiation environments at sea level, aircraft and space altitudes

Education: A Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering or Physics or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, please send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing relevant qualifications, research, and career goals, and arrange for three letter of recommendation to be sent to Steve Wender (wender@lanl.gov).

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.

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.

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

Organization Name: P-27/LANSCE Weapons Physics

Job Title: Radiation Effects Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC64697