Los Alamos National Laboratory Neutron Induced Reactions Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of U.S national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

What You Will Do

The P-27 group in Physics division is looking for postdoctoral candidates to work on direct and indirect measurements of neutron induced reactions. The successful candidate will perform measurements, analysis, and/or development with the suite of instruments located at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) or perform experiments at external National User Facilities in the US, including ATLAS at ANL, the NSCL at Michigan State, the Texas A&M; University, or the University of Notre Dame. At LANSCE, the candidates will work with the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments (DANCE), the Low-Energy (n,Z) (LENZ) instrument, the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) and the SPIDER, and be actively involved in developing new instruments to take advantage of the unique time-of-flight neutron beams available at LANSCE. Outside Los Alamos, the group is actively pursuing measurements studying the nuclear reactions in inverse kinematics.

Research areas in the group include studies of nuclear astrophysics (s-process, r-process, heavy element synthesis), nuclear structure (gamma-ray spectroscopy, level density, photon strength function), nuclear reactions, and studies of the fission process. The group is tightly coupled to the LANL Theory Division; nuclear physics and astrophysics theory groups as well as rad-hydro modeling teams in nuclear applications groups. The intense neutron spallation sources at LANSCE are used in much of this work and cover a neutron energy range from sub-thermal to 800 MeV.

A broad range of expertise and background is desired in the team, and there are multiple distinct projects that a successful candidate could pursue within the research disciplines of the team.There may be additional opportunities for collaborative work with scientists on the P-27 group or from other groups or divisions at LANL.

What You Need

Qualifications We Require:

  • A Ph.D. with demonstrated scientific achievement in a relevant area of nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, or a related areas program, completed within the past 5 years or soon to be completed.

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience in particle or gamma-ray detector development and/or implementation

  • Experience with Monte Carlo based particle/gamma-ray simulation tools

  • Experience with detector electronic hardware and/or data acquisition design and development

  • Experience with stellar modeling and/or nucleosynthesis network tools

  • Experience with nuclear reaction models

Interested applicants should apply on line and also send a cover letter summarizing relevant qualifications and research and career goals, a current CV, and the contact information for three potential references, to Dr. Hye Young Lee,hylee@lanl.gov.

Additional Details:

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 Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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 (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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: P-27/LANSCE Weapons Physics

Job Title: Neutron Induced Reactions Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC57125