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.
The successful candidate will work with XTD researchers in areas such as hydrodynamics, non-linear fluid dynamics, plasma physics, and dynamic material properties. This research will typically use computational tools to analyze experimental data, design new experiments, and advance the state-of-the art. The successful candidate will collaborate with LANL scientists and engineers, as well as scientists at other laboratories and universities.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
PhD in physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, nuclear or mechanical engineering, material science, or a related field. Ability to and interest in learning a broad range of physics. Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, inter-personally 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. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the UNIX/Linux operating system, scripting languages such as python, and open-source and commercial scientific tools. Working knowledge of numerical methods and computational physics. Applicants must have the ability to obtain a Q-clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
Desired Skills: Expertise in numerical methods, methods analysis, computational physics and software. Experience leading or supporting experiments.
Notesto Applicants: Please attach a resume and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills. Please note that without a resume and cover letter your application will not be considered.
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.
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.
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.
Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL.
Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for Compensation Benefits, Competitive salaries, Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental..., Vision, Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time, Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurances, 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker), Fully vested in 401k on day one, Multiple options for work schedule, Exercise facility free for staff use.
Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.
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