Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Physics Scientist (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The Computational Physics and Methods Group CCS-2 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking to fill this half-time position. CCS-2 staff develop techniques and scientific software that deliver high-fidelity numerical solutions at scale for important LANL mission areas. The applications that CCS-2 scientists target 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, metalcasting, welding and additive manufacturing, and climate and ocean modeling. Our group consists of approximately 45 staff scientists, about 15 postdocs, 30 students, and numerous university affiliates. We strive for a vibrant, innovative, diverse, inclusive, and highly collaborative work environment. CCS-2 actively collaborates with researchers across LANL, at other national laboratories, in industry, and with faculty members at various universities.
This specific opening is targeted at applicants with experience as a user of LANL production parallel computational physics codes to assist the LANL and broader developer and user communities in effectively applying these codes to high energy density physics experiments, weapons effects, and stockpile stewardship.
The successful candidate will:
Work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team that supports the application of multi-physics simulation codes for basic science and national security missions.
Develop computational models that run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.
Document work products in written form, e.g. code documentation, memoranda, and journal publications.
Present work achievements to the team and management, sponsors, and when appropriate to the scientific community at technical conferences.
Build and maintain connections and collaborations to partner organizations within the Lab, across other NNSA Labs, and our partner universities.
Mentor and recruit students, postdocs and/or junior staff.
Develop new opportunities for funding to self and others.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience in applying multi-physics simulation codes in a high performance computing environment to solve domain specific problems.
Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: astrophysics, high energy density physics, hydrodynamics, plasma physics, radiation or charged particle transport or turbulence.
Experience with scripting languages (e.g. Python, Perl ...) for scientific data analysis.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills, and a record of publications in the scientific literature.
Demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in the area of expertise.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and provide creative solutions for technically complex problems.
Experience with acquiring internal or external funding for self and others.
Experience with recruiting, mentoring, and training others.
Experience building effective teams.
Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance.
Experience with programming in a compiled language. For example, FORTRAN, C, or C++.
Experience with LANL Advanced Simulation and Computing Program codes.
Experience with stockpile stewardship or nuclear weapons effects.
Experience with and demonstrated interest in LANL’s mission and research environment
An active DOE Q clearance
Education Required: Ph.D. in engineering, physics, applied mathematics or another related field.
Note to Applicants: To be considered for this position, the applicant must include the following: CV and three references with contact information. The applicant should provide a detailed cover letter which addresses how your knowledge, skills and abilities meet the minimum requirements and desired skills.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Where You Will Work
Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:
§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
§ Dental and vision insurance
§ Free basic life and disability insurance
§ Paid maternity and parental leave
§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs
§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Vacancy Name: IRC81987
Organization Name CCS-2 / Computational Physics And Methods
Minimum Salary 110400
Maximum Salary 186300
Req ID: IRC81987