Los Alamos National Laboratory Diagnostic Neutron Imaging Postdoc Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico
Vacancy Name: IRC72364
Job Title Diagnostic Neutron Imaging Postdoc Research Associate
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name P-23/Neutron Science & Technology
What You Will Do
The Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory invites outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral position in the Advanced Imaging team of the Neutron Science and Technology group (P-23). The Advanced Imaging team studies a wide range of physics in support of national security, requiring the continuous advancement, development and application of new imaging techniques.Currently, the team is leading the world in neutron and gamma imaging of inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The team is the sole provider of neutron imaging data at the world’s most powerful laser ICF facility – the National Ignition Facility – striving to diagnose burn and understanding the performance-degrading mechanism of mix through 3D neutron tomography of implosions.
As a member of the team, the postdoctoral scientist will be responsible for designing experiments, fielding novel imaging systems, analyzing experimental data, maintaining and developing computational tools for image analysis and simulations. These activities will support a wide range of projects, including neutron imaging at the National Ignition Facility, the Omega laser facility, the Nevada National Security Site, and proton radiography at LANSCE.
The LANL Postdoctoral Program is a pipeline for hiring technical staff at the Laboratory, many of whom first joined LANL as postdocs. The Laboratory encourages its postdoc mentors to help their postdocs explore possibilities for conversion to a permanent staff position.
The successful candidate will:
Develop and implement ideas with minimal supervision to ensure capability maintenance and growth in the field of advanced neutron and gamma imaging
Design measurements to answer scientific questions for a wide range of applications
Analyze experimental data obtained at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and extract meaningful physics results
Develop and field novel imaging systems
Develop new computational tools for image analysis and simulation
Present results at international conferences and write papers for peer‐reviewed publications
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Education: recent PhD degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, or equivalent
Demonstrated expertise in nuclear or plasma physics research
Demonstrated expertise with data analysis, and computer programming for data analysis
Demonstrated ability in meeting scheduled deliverables and bringing projects to completion
A strong sense of curiosity, and a willingness to develop new skills called for by a research task
Demonstrated expertise in working independently as well as within a diverse team environment
Strong verbal and written communication skills
A record of publishing results through peer reviewed publications and presentations
Strong programming skills (Matlab, C++, python)
Experience carrying out experiments at large physics facilities with formal operations (eg NIF, OMEGA, LANSCE)
Experience in diagnostic development, preferably for fusion research
Experience with imaging technology, optics, and image processing
Experience with mentoring students
Experience with particle transport simulation programs (MCNP, Geant4)
Administrative experience with Windows/Linux/Unix computing system
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. Citizenship
Notes to Applicants:
Please submit the following through the LANL application system and address to Dr. Verena Geppert-Kleinrath: 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.
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 .
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 email@example.com 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.
Appointment Type Postdoc
Req ID: IRC72364