Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Physics and Methods Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Members of the Computational Physics and Methods Group (CCS-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develop techniques and scientific software that are necessary to deliver high-fidelity numerical solutions at scale for important LANL mission areas. The applications include linear and nonlinear neutral particle transport (neutrons, gamma rays, thermal X‐rays), charged particle transport, high-energy density physics, plasma and fluid dynamics, astrophysics, metal casting, welding and additive manufacturing, as well as climate and ocean modeling. Approximately 40 staff scientists perform this work together with about 15 postdocs and 30 students and university affiliates in a vibrant, innovative, and highly collaborative work environment. CCS-2 actively collaborates with researchers across LANL and with faculty members from various universities.

We seek outstanding candidates for postdoctoral research associate positions with expertise in the following areas:

(1) theoretical and numerical methods for particle transport,

(2) demonstrated ability to publish in transport methods literature,

(3) advanced knowledge and experience with transport applications,

(4) advanced and extensive knowledge of general numerical algorithms,

(5) finite element methods,

(6) computational algorithm development (familiarity with code review, compilers, portability, continuous integration, unit testing, and regression testing).

The candidate is expected to work on multidisciplinary teams with a goal to develop computational models that run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.

As a postdoctoral research associate you will pursue research on a topic defined in consultation with your mentor. We particularly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expertise in the areas called out above.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills, with the ability to publish in the relevant academic journals.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with numerical algorithms and a strong ability to analyze and provide creative solutions for technically complex problems.

  • Programming experience with languages such as C, C++, or Fortran 90+ for scientific applications; must be able to work effectively in a collaborative software development environment.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with parallel programming models using bulk-synchronous and asynchronous (e.g. MPI, threading) parallelism and modern heterogeneous computing architectures (e.g. GPUs, etc.)

  • Experience with modern task based parallel programming models

  • Experience in other related science and application areas beyond those mentioned above, e.g., turbulence, plasma physics, thermal hydraulics, radiation health physics, radiation detection, radiation-hydrodynamics, multiphase flow, or materials science.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance. 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.

Education:Ph.D. in related field soon to be completed or completed within the last five years.

Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, please send cover letter, detailing how the candidate meets the minimum and/or the desired requirements, to Jon Dahl at dahl@lanl.gov.

Additional Details:

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: CCS-2/Computational Physics And Methods

Job Title: Computational Physics and Methods Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC64157