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Los Alamos National Laboratory Infrasound Researcher (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 / Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

We looking for early-career and/or mid-career scientists and engineers with strong infrasound, physical acoustics, and/or geophysics backgrounds. The infrasound research conducted by the LANL Geophysics Group includes investigations supporting global explosion monitoring, analysis of supersonic sources, and similar applications for global and national security. Research topics for this position are not limited but may include:

  • Develop, use, and evaluate infrasonic signal analysis methods including array processing, signal detection, event identification and localization, and source characterization

  • Develop, use, and evaluate numerical acoustic propagation modeling tools for local, regional, and global scale analyses

  • Quantify propagation-related uncertainty due to the dynamic and poorly sampled nature of the atmosphere and investigate methods to reduce this uncertainty in various signal analysis applications

  • Investigate seismoacoustic source physics for model development (e.g. theoretical and numerical models for blast waves, generation of sound by underground explosions, and aero-acoustic sources)

Scientist 2 ( $91,800 – $151,400)

The scientist is expected to work independently to develop and implement research projects and tasks that improve seismoacoustic capabilities relevant to Defense Nuclear Non-proliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) and similar national security applications. Peer reviewed publications, contribution to software and other research products, and internal reports to our DOE customer will be expected. Working well as part of a multidisciplinary team is essential to overall success. National recognition for the work performed through presentation and dissemination of scientific results through publications is expected.

Scientist 3 ( $110,400 - $186,300)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the scientist will lead, develop and implement internationally recognized research collaborations. S/he will work to influence and develop program direction and demonstrate technical leadership in seismoacoustic research at LANL. Additionally, the scientist is expected to mentor students, postdocs, and/or junior staff.

Learn more about the Earth & Environmental Sciences team and the work we do: https://www.lanl.gov/org/ddste/aldcels/earth-environmental-sciences/geophysics/index.php https://www.lanl.gov/org/ddste/aldcels/earth-environmental-sciences/geophysics/seismoacoustics/index.php

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Record of scientific excellence and achievement as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and/or contributing to proposals.

  • Demonstrated experience contributing to software development using languages such as C/C++, Fortran, and Python.

  • Demonstrated experience working on multi-personnel projects as well as on multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams.

  • Proven success of delivering final work products to supervisors and/or sponsors.

  • Expertise in any of the following: data integration, parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification, statistics, machine learning, high-performance computing, or data visualization.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.

Additional Minimum Job Requirements for (Scientist 3):

  • Experience leading multi-personnel, multi-disciplinary, and/or multi-institutional teams.

  • Experience mentoring and working collaboratively with students, postdocs, and/or similar junior staff.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience in developing and implementing technical research and development projects, including the formulation and testing of hypotheses, investigation of alternative solutions, and recommendation of solutions to technical problems.

Educational Requirements:

Scientist 2: A Ph.D. in a field related to the Geophysics Group’s infrasound challenges (e.g., physics, acoustics, geophysics, seismology, applied mathematics, or computer science) and completion of a postdoctoral fellowship. In rare cases, work experience instead of the postdoctoral fellowship will be considered.

Scientist 3: A Ph.D. in afield related to the Geophysics Group’s infrasound challenges (e.g., physics, acoustics, geophysics, seismology, applied mathematics, or computer science) and completion of a postdoctoral fellowship. In rare cases, work experience instead of the postdoctoral fellowship will be considered and a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience.

Note to Applicants: To apply, please submit an online application including your CV and a brief letter of intent that outlines your background and expertise related to seismoacoustic and infrasonic research. Please contact the LANL infrasound research lead, Philip Blom ( pblom@lanl.gov ), with questions regarding infrasonic and seismoacoustic research conducted by the LANL Geophysics Group.

Where You Will Work

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is a multi-program research organization with core capabilities in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geomaterials, geography, hydrology, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, acoustics, atmospheric science, ecology, environmental science, computational science, and geotechnical engineering. Cross-cutting capabilities and facilities span the needs for laboratory experimentation, field deployments, computing, and data analytics. Capabilities in the Division are organized into groups, which consist of scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, administrators, and students. Most programs within the Division feature multi-discipline teams organized to solve complex problems of national importance.

The LANL Seismoacoustics Team, which is a member of the lab’s Geophysics Group (EES-17), is dedicated to being an international leader in seismic and acoustic research for global and national security. This includes research and development supporting multiple aspects of explosion monitoring for nuclear non-proliferation as well as various scientific and civil applications. The Team approaches these research problems using combined physical and numerical analyses, multiple computational techniques, machine learning, high performance computing, data analytics, multi-physics datasets, and physics-based modeling of the relevant sources and propagation effects. The Seismoacoustics Team is currently looking for creative and innovative candidates who will conduct excellent scientific research, publish their findings, build relationships with colleagues, and impact our technical mission and products.

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

The town of Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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. SeeDOE Order 472.2for 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: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 regard 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.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Hall, Lorna Jane
Email lorna.hall@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC82054
Organization Name EES-17/Geophysics
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Req ID: IRC82054
Category: Science