Los Alamos National Laboratory High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory Postdoctoral Position in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory Postdoctoral Position

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name P-23/Neutron Science & Technology

What You Will Do

LANL is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position working on the HAWC TeV gamma-ray observatory. HAWC has been observing the Northern TeV sky for over three years and is continuously taking data. A LANL-led outrigger array at HAWC has recently finished commissioning and is further increasing HAWC’s highest energy sensitivity. The successful candidate will contribute to LANL efforts on the operations and analysis methods for HAWC, as well as science analysis of HAWC data. LANL is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the front-end electronics and is a major contributor to the calibration system as well as the development of new reconstruction and analysis algorithms. The science objectives of HAWC are many, and LANL scientists are working on understanding particle acceleration in astrophysical sources as well as searching for evidence of new fundamental physics, such as the indirect detection of dark matter. HAWC is located in central Mexico at 14000’ elevation. Although the detector is remotely operable, occasional travel to the HAWC site is likely.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • PhD in astrophysics, particle physics, or related field

  • Experience with analysis of data with low signal-to-noise, such as high energy particle physics or particle astrophysics data

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in English both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the physics of high energy astrophysical sources

  • Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets

  • Strong publishing record

  • Advanced proficiency in software tools and programming languages commonly associated with nuclear/particle physics experiments

  • Experience with data acquisition electronics

Notes to Applicants: To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing the requirements, CV with publications list, and the names of 3 references.

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.

LANL P-23 is a diverse group of experimental physicists, engineers, technicians, and students engaged in a range of fundamental and applied research in astrophysics, nuclear physics beyond the Standard Model, weapons physics, remote sensing, and fluid dynamics. We support a diverse program that includes scientists of many nationalities, participation in experiments worldwide, and sponsorship of workshops and conferences.

Appointment Type Postdoc


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Contact Details

Contact Name Harding, James Patrick (Pat)

Email jpharding@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC69092