Los Alamos National Laboratory Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry in Permafrost Landscapes Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Summary: A postdoctoral position is available within the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to work in the areas of observational and/or experimental hydrology and biogeochemistry of permafrost watersheds. Successful applicants will participate in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research program doing fundamental research to inform improvements of the representation of Arctic terrestrial processes in Earth System Models. Research activities include the development and application of isotopic and biogeochemical tools to quantify sources, transport pathways and sinks of water, soil, carbon and nutrients through permafrost landscapes. Field experience in remote areas is an asset, and we encourage applicants who can work across disciplines and draw upon diverse data sets and analytical and computational techniques to study linkages between land surface and subsurface processes, as well as ecohydrology.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience developing and applying isotopic and other geochemical collection, analysis and modeling techniques to understand hydrological and/or biogeochemical sources, pathways and processes in watersheds.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and safely execute strenuous field work in harsh weather conditions; ability to carry heavy pack loads.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed papers, effective written and oral communication skills, willingness to work in a team environment, ability to work within prescribed safety, security and personal conduct protocols.

Desired skills:

  • Experience in Arctic field research especially permafrost hydrology and active layer biogeochemistry.

  • Numerical modeling experience using tracers, isotopes, or with geochemical codes (e.g., PHREEQC). Statistical data analysis tools.

Education: Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Notes to Applicants: For more information, please contact Brent Newman (bnewman@LANL.gov) or Jeff Heikoop (jheikoop@LANL.gov) in the Los Alamos Earth System Observations Group (EES-14).

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: EES-14/Earth System Observations

Job Title: Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry in Permafrost Landscapes Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC57479