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Los Alamos National Laboratory Space Science and Applications Post Master's Student in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

By providing satellite-borne gamma-ray, X-ray, and neutron detectors to the US government, ISR-1 supports monitoring of the atmosphere and near-Earth space for nuclear detonations. Similarly, our charged-particle detectors support measurement of the natural environment. We have an international reputation in the detection of nuclear phenomenology and in the data analysis, simulation and modeling of the natural environment. ISR-1 is engaged in a number of pioneering basic-science missions, greatly enhancing our research and contributing to our technological base. Our many postdocs and affiliates are key collaborators. These science programs cover several disciplines, including magnetospheric physics, planetary exploration, gamma-ray astrophysics, space situational awareness, and solar-terrestrial interactions.

ISR-1 is currently seeking Post Masters students in the following areas:

  • Magnetospheric and heliospheric research with a focus on data analysis and numerical modeling studies, space weather nowcasting, forecasting, and effects on space assets.

  • Development of advanced X-ray, gamma-ray, neutron, energetic particle, and plasma sensing instruments for applications in nuclear security, space environment science, high-energy astrophysics, and planetary sciences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in physics or engineering awarded in the past three years, but have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program.

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Some experience with C/C++, Python, MATLAB, data analysis, and experimental methods is a plus.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.

  • Good interpersonal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with high-performance computing.

  • Experience with electronics (analog and digital signal processing).

  • Experience with simulation modeling tools.

  • Demonstrated ability to pursue independent research.

  • Work as a member of team.

Education: Master’s degree in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, space physics or appropriate similar field obtained at time of hire or within the last three years, with cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.

Note to Applicants:

In addition to submitting your application online, interested candidates should send their CV, publications list, and statement of research interests to Suzanne Nowicki (snowicki@lanl.gov) and Alexei Klimenko (klimenko@lanl.gov).

Candidates who have the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance will have more opportunities. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and be a U.S. citizen.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: 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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

For general program information refer to theStudent Programsweb page

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.

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)

The Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division (space.lanl.gov) leads a variety of science programs that cover several disciplines, including planetary exploration, gamma-ray astrophysics, space situational awareness, solar-terrestrial interactions, and magnetospheric physics. ISR-1 capabilities range from mission concept to instrument development and deployment, data analysis and interpretation, and simulation and modeling. ISR Division currently leads instruments or instrument subsystems on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and Mars2020 rovers, as well as NASA’s IBEX, SWIFT, TWINS, ACE, Mars Odyssey, and VanAllen Probes missions.

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Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Thomas, Kristin Sue
Email ksthomas@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC81397
Organization Name ISR-1/Intelligence and Space Research - Space Science and Applications
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC81397
Category: Student - Post Master