X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division members are the scientific stewards of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, applying theoretical and computational physics to the performance and safety of nuclear weapons. XTD scientists also contribute their expertise to the nation’s foreign threat assessment, counter-proliferation and non-proliferation efforts through assessment of foreign devices, design of tools to address nuclear emergency response scenarios, and creation of solutions to inhibit nuclear proliferation. In addition, XTD scientists drive cutting edge advances in astrophysics, geophysics, high energy density physics, inertial confinement fusion, chemistry, and material science. Members of XTD use multi-physics codes, running on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to create and analyze simulations of very complex systems. We work closely with many other organizations in a diverse variety of tasks, including experimental design and analysis, model development, code validation, and project leadership. The selected candidate will:
Develop/demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and capability with large, multi-physics codes.
Apply multi-physics codes to solve problems of national security interest.
Contribute to one or more of these related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.
Contribute to both individual and team efforts.
Learn and develop skills in complementary disciplines to demonstrate generalist capabilities.
Work with a wide variety of colleagues with varying backgrounds on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems.
Demonstrate a commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Graduate level training in multi-disciplinary sciences.
A desire to contribute to issues related to national security.
Experience with one or more of these related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.
Demonstrated commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.
Ability and willingness to obtain a DOE Q-clearance, which requires US citizenship.
Active Q Clearance
Experience with large-scale computing.
Familiarity with design and analysis of nuclear weapons.
Experience in designing, analyzing and/or conducting experiments.
Technical leadership experience.
Supervisory or mentoring experience.
Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty and/or risk analysis.
MS or PhD degree in science from an accredited college or university required.
PhD preferred with postdoctoral work in one of the following or in a related field: Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Materials Science.
Notes to Applicants: Please attach a resume, a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills, and a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) with your application . Please note that without a resume, cover letter and transcript your application will not be considered.
Internal Number: IRC72601
About Los Alamos National Laboratory
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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