Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in science and engineering on behalf of national security. The Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation (NEN) Division is a focal point for the Laboratory’s nuclear engineering and nonproliferation work in support of international security. Within NEN‐Division, the Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN‐5) maintains strong capabilities and recognized expertise in (1) radiation transport code development and modeling for global security applications, (2) methods development and applications for high‐fidelity simulations of reactor cores and nuclear fuel, (3) design and demonstration of special‐purpose reactor concepts for space and terrestrial applications, (4) integrated decision support, risk assessment, and strategic planning for systems related to Global Nuclear Security, and (5) knowledge of nuclear fuel cycles and analytical skills to develop novel solutions to safeguards challenges.

What You Will Do

Detailed Description:

The Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN‐5) is seeking a Postdoctoral candidate with interests in one or more of the areas listed below for a two‐year internship. The Postdoc will conduct analyses pertaining to the security requirements of nuclear materials. These analyses will be for the exclusive use by U.S. government officials. The Postdoc will gain experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Design basis threat (DBT)

  • Material attractiveness

  • Production of weapon usable material

  • Reprocessing schemes

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q and higher clearance

  • Experience in modeling and simulation using radiation transport codes and burn (or depletion) codes

  • Experience with more than one mainstream programming language such as C++, FORTRAN, or Java

  • Experience with Linux shell scripting or Perl

  • Excellent writing and communication skills are required

  • Ability to work effectively in a team

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with one or more Graded Safeguards Tables (GST)

  • Familiarity with the concepts of denaturing and dilution

  • Familiarity with MCNP and ORIGEN/SCALE

  • Familiarity with nuclear fuel cycles and their vulnerabilities to diversion and theft

Education: A Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry or related field within the past 5 years is required.

Notes to Applicants: Position does require a security clearance. Selected candidate should not expect to be able to publish in the open literature. For further questions, please contact C. Bathke atbathke@lanl.gov. In addition to applying on‐line, please send a letter describing your professional interests, career goals, and related skills and qualifications. Selected candidate will be subject to drug testing, background checks, and possibly polygraph testing.

Additional Details:

Q Clearance: 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 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 to 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: NEN-5/Systems Design & Analysis

Job Title: Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC58741