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Los Alamos National Laboratory High-Energy Astrophysics Instrumentation and Analysis Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC73342


Job Title High-Energy Astrophysics Instrumentation and Analysis Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name ISR-1/Space Science & Applications

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What You Will Do

By providing satellite-borne gamma-ray, X-ray, and neutron detectors to the US government, ISR-1 supports monitoring of the atmosphere and near-Earth space for nuclear detonations. Similarly, our charged-particle detectors support measurement of the natural environment. We have an international reputation in the detection of nuclear phenomenology and in the data analysis, simulation and modeling of the natural environment. ISR-1 is engaged in a number of pioneering basic-science missions, greatly enhancing our research and contributing to our technological base. Our many postdocs and affiliates are key collaborators. These science programs cover several disciplines, including magnetospheric physics, planetary exploration, gamma-ray astrophysics, space situational awareness, and solar-terrestrial interactions.

ISR-1 is currently seeking postdoctoral candidates to work on the development of advanced X-ray and gamma-ray instruments for applications in high-energy astrophysics and nuclear security.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. degree physics or nuclear engineering, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team

  • Good communication skills

Desired Skills:

  • Hardware, data analysis, or modeling of data from past or current astrophysics science missions

  • Design, modeling, simulation, or development of advanced space-based sensing instruments for X-rays and gamma-rays

  • Work in research accelerator or radiation calibration facilities

Notes to Applicants: Interested applicants must apply on-line to be considered. Please submit resume, transcript, and cover letter describing research interests.

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. U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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 see our Postdoc Salary Guidelines, http://int.lanl.gov/employees/postdoc-program/becoming-postdoc/appointments/salary-guidelines.shtml

Additional Details:

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.

The Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) division leads a variety of civilian and defense-related programs sponsored by DOE, DOD, NASA, and other US agencies ( space.lanl.gov ). In support of these missions, we develop sensors to detect nuclear emissions and measure natural and man-made radiations in space. ISR-1 capabilities extend from mission concept to design and calibration, data analysis, simulation and modeling. ISR division capabilities include engineering design and fabrication, spacecraft integration, ground system support and on-orbit operation

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Req ID: IRC73342