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Los Alamos National Laboratory Accelerator and Plasma Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The DARHT Physics Team within the J-5 group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for a postdoctoral position in Accelerator and Plasma Physics. You will be part of a collaboration investigating intense relativistic electron beam interactions with target materials ranging from room temperature solids to the warm-dense matter state (near solid density, 1 - 10eV). These studies necessarily bridge the fields of beam and plasma physics, condensed matter physics, and hydrodynamics.

The successful candidate will be applying a range of theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques to the study of these complex systems. Experience with multiple diagnostic methods for intense electron beams, dynamic material properties, and plasma physics is highly desired.

This position is for a 2-year term (with potential for conversion to staff and/or possible one year extension).

The successful candidate will:

  • Collaborate with a team which includes scientists, engineers, technicians, postdocs and students.

  • Design and execute experimental studies of beam-target interactions driven by high-current, relativistic electrons beams.

  • Perform data analysis and document results.

  • Learn and utilize beam transport computer programs.

  • Publish in journals and present work at international conferences.

  • Learn and utilize the LSP particle-in-cell computer code.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering, or similar field, must be completed before hiring and within the last 5 years.

  • Strong publication record in one or more of the following areas: plasma physics, charge particle beams, diagnostic methods and interpretation, numerical methods for data analysis, and hydrodynamics.

  • Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences and/or workshops, and the cover letter.

  • Must be able to collaborate well with all levels of staff and management.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Department Of Energy Q-Clearance which typically requires US Citizenship.

  • A successful candidate is expected to address their qualifications in both the cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Desired Skills:

  • Documented record of successful design, implementation, execution, data analysis, and interpretation for plasma and/or accelerator related experiments.

Education: Ph. D. in Physics, Engineering, or similar field completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants:

Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

Salary :

Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of these dates, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher level, e.g. PhD + 0: $74,000; PhD + 1: $75,900, etc. For more information go to Postdoc Salary Guidelines .

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 Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

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.

The LANL Integrated Weapons Experiments (J) Division addresses national security challenges by executing mission-driven, large-scale, integrated experiments, emphasizing sub-critical experiments, hydrodynamic tests, focused experiments, and tests of engineered systems. The Division develops the workforce, facilities, technologies, and systems necessary to generate, analyze, and disseminate unique, high-quality data with integrity and scientific excellence. J Division utilizes professional engineering management, and Formality of Operations and Conduct of Engineering processes, to effectively integrate high-fidelity test objects, multiple diagnostic technologies, sophisticated experiment design, and multi-disciplinary teams assembled across organizational boundaries. The Division executes its responsibilities in a sustainable, safe, secure, reliable, and environmentally responsible manner. J Division operates the Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility, and also operates or utilizes other LANL firing sites and facilities. The Division collaborates to execute sub-critical and other integrated experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and NNSA, DOE, and partner organization facilities as needed.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Ferguson, Leslie Nichole
Email leslief@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC76160
Organization Name J-5/DARHT Physics and Pulse Power
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Req ID: IRC76160
Category: Postdoc