Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Plasma Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_
The Applied Computer Science group (CCS-7) at Los Alamos National Laboratory has a job opening for a postdoctoral position in the computational simulation and optimization of particle applications, with a focus on Particle-In-Cell (PIC) code development. The successful candidate will work with a team of computer scientists and plasma physicists to support high performance, large-scale, explicit and implicit PIC simulations, as well as aid in the development of a particle abstraction library which relies heavily on C++ template abstraction. Additionally, this work may call for the porting of existing code to future architectures, including GPUs and beyond. This is a two-year position. A cover letter addressing how the skills requirements are met along with a CV and contact information for three references should be sent to Bob Bird at bird@lanl.gov.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree in computational plasma physics, computer science, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed

  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievements in scientific simulation

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to pursue research independently

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

  • Experience writing C++ applications

  • Experience with GPU programming

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with compile time polymorphism and meta programming

  • Experience running large-scale, massively parallel codes in a high-performance computing environment

  • Experience in physics code development

  • Ability to create proof-of-concept implementations of novel techniques, which can eventually be taken to production-ready implementations

  • Adapt existing code in response to demands of future architectures

Notes to Applicants: Applicants must apply online, and should submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired requirements for the position. Please save and attach all documents by your last name and the IRC # listed on the job posting.

Additional Details:

No Clearance: 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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL. Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for:

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time

  • Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D;, and Disability Insurances

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

  • Fully vested in 401K on day one

  • Multiple options for work schedule

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Bird, Robert Francis (Bob)

Organization Name: CCS-7/Applied Computer Science

Email: bird@lanl.gov

Job Title: Computational Plasma Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69189