Los Alamos National Laboratory Multi-Scale Scientist 4/5 (Scientist 4/5) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

You will work with other scientists in CCS-2 and across the Laboratory on problems that span the physics areas from nano- to macro-scale, including transport properties in gasses and plasmas, reactive burn propagation in high-explosives, and material constitutive behavior at the meso-scale along with their applications. You will be involved with a wide group of theoretical scientists engaged in these areas of physics. The successful candidate should anticipate working with experimental efforts on the leading experimental platforms form the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Lineac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s emergent Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) facility. You will develop and apply high performance scientific software that spans the breadth of these physics areas. All applications of interest to our group can be described as multi-physics and multi-scale problems that are solved computationally on some of the largest and most advanced high performance computers. As such you will need to have experience in developing numerical methods for solving multi-scale problems at scale, where the individual parts differ in their time-scales and/or spatial resolution or representation requirements.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 4 or 5 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist Level 4 ($114,500 - $192,900)

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Translate national needs into technological objectives and goals.

  • Author publications of major importance with considerable impact within the scientific community.

  • Provide leadership in identifying, promoting and developing Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Serve as an authority in technical decision making at an institutional level.

  • Work under nominal supervision.

  • Serve in a consultative role to senior-level Laboratory management and/or governmental management representatives.

  • Represent the Laboratory to external agencies.

  • Serve as a technical resource and mentor at a Laboratory level

Scientist Level 5 ($137,700 - $238,500)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 5 will be required to:

  • Translate international needs into technological objectives and goals.

  • Author seminal publications that often obtain far-reaching and influential impact within the scientific community.

  • Serve as an authority in technical decision making at national and/or international levels.

  • Work with no supervision.

  • Serve as a technical resource and mentor to scientific communities external to the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills,

  • Ability to work effectively and productively in a collaborative environment,

  • A strong background with experience demonstrated by publication record and successful proposals in at least two fundamental multi-scale disciplines, such as molecular dynamics, kinetic theory, computational fluid dynamics, plasma physics, or astrophysics.

  • A broad interest in computational multi-scale modeling and an open mind to problem solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work across many disciplines with a diverse group of people to solve complex multi-scale problems.

  • A strong background in computational physics as it pertains to your physics specialization.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 5

In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 5 level requires:

  • Demonstrated experience as a principal investigator of projects that are multi-disciplinary and span different organizations.

  • Demonstrated experience of successful program development.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with the development of production software, especially an understanding of and an appreciation for the requirements of production software and how it differs from research code.

  • Demonstrated ability to prototype solutions to complex computational physics problems.


A Ph.D. in computational physics field (astrophysics, physics, or a computational engineering discipline)

Notes to Applicants:

Please include a full resume/Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter that is specific to the job requirements outlined in this job advertisement with your application.

DOE Q Clearance, this position will be cleared to this level.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). 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.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

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 is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The Laboratory 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.

Members of our group, the Computational Physics and Methods Group (CCS-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, develop techniques and scientific software that are necessary to deliver high-fidelity numerical solutions at scale for important Laboratory mission areas. These mission areas include the nuclear weapons program, advanced manufacturing, plasmas and fluids, astrophysics, as well as climate and ocean modeling. Approximately 40 staff scientists perform this work together with about 15 postdocs and 30 students and university affiliates in a vibrant, innovative, and highly collaborative work environment.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Doyle, Christine Louise

Organization Name: CCS-2/Computational Physics And Methods

Email: cdoyle@lanl.gov

Job Title: Multi-Scale Scientist 4/5 (Scientist 4/5)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC57563