Los Alamos National Laboratory Spallation Physics and Target Neutronics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Radiation Effects and Radiography team is supporting operations at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). The LANSCE user facility is a major experimental scientific facility at LANL. At the heart of LANSCE is a powerful linear accelerator that accelerates protons up to 84% the speed of light. The neutrons are generated by spallation reactions in targets made of tungsten metal, in the energy range of thermal to several hundreds of MeV. TheLANSCEfacility supplies proton and neutron beams used in a wide range of applications that help the nation maintain its leadership role in many areas of science and technology. The high-energy proton beams drive five user facilities available at LANSCE: Lujan Center, Weapons Neutron Research, Ultra Cold Neutron Source, Proton Radiography and Isotope Production Facility. The P-2 Radiation Effects and Radiography team is instrumental in the neutronics design of various spallation neutron sources, design of radiological shielding surrounding the neutron sources, optimization of neutron transport and reduction of backgrounds at experimental areas, and supports the day-to-day operations. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work on the design of the next-generation spallation target supplying thermal and epithermal neutrons to a wide variety of instruments atLujan Centerand multi-purpose, versatile energy-spectrum fast neutrons to six different flight paths atthe Weapons Neutron Research facility. With recent advances on developing Unified Spatial Metrology Network in our facility using laser driven systems, we are developing a holistic method of optimizing neutron beam production via implementing realistic, online beam diagnostic capabilities of protons and neutrons in one framework. It is expected that the postdoc will be working and collaborating with a diverse group of physicists and engineers in advancing experimental neutron physics capability and neutron transport technology.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multidisciplinary team
Demonstrated experience of working with Monte Carlo particle transport codes
Experience in data analysis (experimental or simulations)
Excellent writing and communication skills
Previous experience with MCNP(X) or different particle transport code
User-level familiarity with UNIX/Linux operating system
Ability to engage in experimental as well as simulation work
Experience with programming in C/C++ or Fortran
Familiarity with scripting languages (e.g., BASH, Perl, Python)
Education: A Ph.D. in physics, engineering or closely related field earned within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.
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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)
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 more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Vacancy Name: IRC81699
Organization Name P-2/Applied and Fundamental Physics
Req ID: IRC81699