Los Alamos National Laboratory Experimental HEDP & Weapons Scientist 2 (Scientist 2) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

P-24 is seeking an exceptional early career scientist in the field of experimental HEDP and Weapons Science. The ideal incumbent would have both experience and a record of achievement in multiple topics in the plasma physics field including demonstrated experience with the design and execution of experiments, and/or design, build and fielding of diagnostics.

The successful candidate is expected to successfully complete projects related to HEDP and Weapons Science in support of the DOE Science Campaign, as well as participate as a lead experimentalist on specified projects. Additionally, significant travel is expected to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Livermore, CA or to the OMEGA facility at Rochester, NY.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Scientific expertise in one or more of the fields of HEDP or Weapons Science, or a closely related one. This includes a track record of peer reviewed publications.

  • Creativity as evidenced by the ability to identify new questions and opportunities in research, applications or science and finding a way to pursue them.

  • Flexibility and capacity for professional development, as evidenced by the ability and willingness to learn and to apply new knowledge and technology as well as to engage new projects and opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and successfully within a diverse and multidisciplinary scientific research team composed of scientists, technologists, and technicians.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including effectively communicate key scientific results.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of executing experiments on large HED facilities such as NIF, Omega, and Z (at Sandia).

  • Experience in the use of fast x-ray and optical diagnostics.

  • Broad Knowledge of DOE complex.

  • Ability to obtain a Q Clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent combination of experience and/or education in physics, engineering, or other closely related topic.

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:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 relate to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Plasma Physics (P-24) has expertise in experimental plasma physics and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) that supports research topics of national importance in inertial confinement fusion, magneto-inertial fusion, radiation hydrodynamics, and material dynamics. We apply extensive knowledge of plasma, atomic and laser-matter interaction physics, plasma chemistry, laser and pulsed-power technology and complex diagnostics to study matter under extreme conditions, and field and interpret results from experiments at LANL and other experimental facilities. We collaborate closely with scientists in the modeling, theory, and material science capabilities at LANL and worldwide.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Chacon, Amy Sara

Organization Name: P-24/ Plasma Physics

Email: achacon@lanl.gov

Job Title: Experimental HEDP & Weapons Scientist 2 (Scientist 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC69105