Los Alamos National Laboratory Optical Sensing Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Space and Remote Sensing Group (ISR-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding applicants to fill a postdoctoral research position in optical sensing. Our group carries out a multi-disciplinary portfolio of optical sensing programs that include: ground based sky surveillance; ultra low-light imaging including advanced photon counting detectors; space situational awareness; a wide range of astrophysics studies focusing on explosive transient phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts and supernovae; development, deployment, and operation of novel optical sensors and robotic instrumentation.

A successful candidate will be expected to engage in one or more of the following focus areas:

1) Develop algorithms and techniques for optical imaging and time-series data, removal of the instrumental signatures, signal detection and characterization, and high-level statistical inference in data intensive settings;

2) Participate in the development and field deployment of complete autonomous hardware/software systems for sky surveillance, space situational awareness, and other applications;

3) Support the design, execution, and analysis of broad area searches in large collections of static and streaming data coupled with autonomous follow-up of interesting targets;

4) Perform scientific and statistical analysis of data coupled with theoretical modeling and understanding the underlying emission and propagation physics.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and strong research background relevant to one or more of the above programs and focus areas

  • Strong experience in data analysis and/or instrumentation development

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficiency in scientific computing and one or more scientific programming languages (especially Python and C/C++)

  • The ability and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Education: Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, computer science, electrical engineering, or a closely related discipline completed within the past five years or soon to be completed prior to employment.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to submitting a CV, applicants must include a cover letter describing their research interests.

Postdoctoral appointments are for two years, with the possibility of a third year extension.

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: ISR-2/Space And Remote Sensing

Job Title: Optical Sensing Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC57568