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Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Meshing Software Developer (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory is searching for a scientist/engineer/software developer with research interests and experience in graphical user interface development, computational geometry, parallel mesh generation, and mesh optimization.

The Lagrangian Codes Group (XCP-1) develops and maintains large scale, massively parallel multi-physics codes as part of the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Program. Within XCP-1, the SimTools team provides geometry specification, mesh generation, input deck generation, and workflow integration for these codes. The anticipated tasks and responsibilities for this position include: research and development of advanced geometry and mesh generation techniques, the implementation of these methods into production codes (using industry-standard software development practices), software testing and validation, and user support and training. In addition, we encourage mentoring to enable new staff to build skills quickly and facilitate a team environment that encourages collaborative work with the user community and larger software development community.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated proficiency with object-oriented programming (I.e., C++) (3+ years)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in GUI programming using Qt/OpenGL (2+ years)

  • Demonstrated proficiency implementing parallel algorithms (I.e., OpenMP, MPI)

  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-clearance (which normally requires U.S. citizenship and always requires a drug-free life)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with modern CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Creo, Pro/E)

  • Experience with production software development, software version control, and the Agile software development cycle

  • Proficiency with multiple computer languages (Python, Fortran, C)

  • Experience with computational geometry algorithms and techniques, such as

  • Spline techniques (Bezier, NURBS)

  • Constructive solid geometry modeling

  • Boundary representation modeling

  • Experience developing mesh generation algorithms

  • Experience with computational or numerical physics techniques (e.g. computational fluid dynamics, finite-element analysis)

  • Proficiency in code debugging and performance optimization

  • Active DOE Q-clearance

Education Required: PhD in engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or related field, plus two years of experience, or MS in engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or related field, plus five years of experience, is strongly preferred. A minimum of MS is required.

Note to Applicants: Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a letter of interest describing how they meet the required and desired qualifications for the position.

Additional Details

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). 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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 regard 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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity leave, sick time

  • Paid parental leave

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth
Email danaj@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC79315
Organization Name XCP-1/Lagrangian Codes
Minimum Salary 91800
Maximum Salary 151400
Req ID: IRC79315
Category: Science