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Los Alamos National Laboratory Applied Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74744


Job Title Applied Physics Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name P-23/Neutron Science & Technology

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What You Will Do

The Physics Division invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Neutron Science and Technology group (P-23) on the Applied Materials and Weapons Physics Team. We study dynamic compression of materials using high explosives and high speed impactors. The postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for developing computational tools for dynamic holographic image analysis and will also gain experience designing holography experiments. This work is at the intersection of shock, optics, and laser physics.

We are an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of people whoapply a wide range of physics techniques to solve challenges relevant to United States national security. Some of our current projects involve x-ray radiography, nuclear fission, and other shock physics measurements. The postdoc will be encouraged to explore other areas relevant to their interests.

The Laboratory considers the Postdoctoral Program to be a pipeline for hiring permanent technical staff and mentors are encouraged to help postdocs to explore this opportunity.

The successful candidate will:

  • Learn image analysis techniques

  • Develop new computational tools for image analysis and simulation

  • Analyze experimental holographic and/or radiographic data

  • Participate in design and execution of measurements to answer scientific questions in shock and ejecta physics

Present results at scientific conferences and write papers for peer‐reviewed publications

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Education: recent PhD degree in physics, mathematics, or a related field

  • A strong sense of curiosity, creativity, and a willingness to develop new skills

  • Ability to work well in both a collaborative team environment or independently

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience with data analysis and computer programming for data analysis

  • Demonstratedrecord of research experience through peer reviewed publications and presentations

  • Some travel will be required for experiments and conferences

Desired Skills:

  • Strong programming skills (Matlab, C++, python, etc.)

  • Experience with image processing or imaging technology e.g. optics, lasers OR

  • Experience with experimental scientific equipment (condensed matter, nuclear, etc…)

  • Experience with mentoring students

Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. Citizenship

Notes to Applicants:

  • Please submit the following through the LANL application system addressed to Dr. D.L. Duke: o A cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills. o A current C.V./resume with the following information: Educational background, degree dates, GPA

  • Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V./resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

  • Questions regarding the posting can be send to dlduke@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 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 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.

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Req ID: IRC74744