Los Alamos National Laboratory Heliospheric Physics and Instrumentation Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_
Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position in heliospheric physics and instrumentation with the Space Science and Applications Group (ISR-1). This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of an extension to a third year. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to carry out original research addressing the structure and evolution of the outer heliosphere through analysis of data from the ongoing IBEX mission. The candidate is also expected to support the development and calibration of energetic neutral atom instrumentation to be used in the upcoming IMAP mission. Additional opportunities in the development of space plasma instrumentation may also be available. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with Laboratory staff engaged in a broad range of observational, computational, and theoretical research in heliophysics.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Background in space physics, laboratory atomic/astrophysics or a related field, and laboratory experience applicable to developing hardware for the detection of space plasmas. In addition, the applicant should have the following skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to pursue independent research

  • Work as a member of a team

  • Strong record of publication and presentation

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with low energy (100s eV – 10s KeV) particle beams and particle detectors

  • Familiarity with some aspect of heliospheric science (solar wind, outer heliosphere, magnetospheres, etc.) or at least a strong interest in learning about such environments

  • Knowledge of modern scientific programming

Education: PhD in Space Physics, Physics, Astronomy, or appropriate similar field obtained within the last five years, or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants:

In addition to submitting your application online, interested candidates should send their CV, publications list, and statement of research interests to Dan Reisenfeld (dreisenfeld@lanl.gov).

Appointments are for two years, renewable for a third year.

Candidates who have the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance will have more opportunities. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and be a U.S. citizen.

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.

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of these dates, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher level, e.g. PhD + 0: $74,000; PhD + 1: $75,900, etc. For more information go to Postdoc Salary Guidelines.

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 toPostdoc 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 toapplyhelp@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.

The Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division (space.lanl.gov) leads a variety of national security programs to develop and fly sensors in space to detect nuclear detonations and nuclear threat signatures around the world. ISR-1 capabilities range from mission concept to instrument development and deployment, data analysis and interpretation, and simulation and modeling. We develop and sustain our world-class workforce through vigorous, innovative research in detection technologies, planetary science, and space physics. ISR Division currently leads instruments or instrument subsystems on NASA’s IMAP, IBEX, SWIFT, TWINS, ACE, Mars Odyssey, and Van Allen Probes missions, as well as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Reisenfeld, Daniel Brett

Organization Name: ISR-1/Space Science & Applications

Email: dreisenfeld@lanl.gov

Job Title: Heliospheric Physics and Instrumentation Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69562