Los Alamos National Laboratory Instrument Simulation and Development Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position for Instrument Simulation and Development 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 postdoctoral associate would contribute to space science or United States Nuclear Detonation (NuDet) Detection System (USNDS) projects including hard radiation detector characterization, simulation of particle transport and detector response, data analysis, and electronics development. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with Laboratory staff engaged in a broad range of science and R&D; research in nuclear physics.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Background in space instrumentation or a related field and knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Detector development and characterization

  • Particle transport simulation

  • Nuclear physics or engineering

  • Interaction of radiation with matter

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with numerical optimization techniques

  • Familiarity with high-performance computing

  • Experience with nuclear electronics (analog and digital signal processing)

  • Experience with gamma-ray and neutron sources

  • Experience with simulation modeling tools (MCNP6 or Geant4)

  • Knowledge of modern scientific programming

  • Demonstrated ability to pursue independent research

  • Work as a member of a team

  • Strong record of publication and presentation

Education: PhD in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, space physics or appropriate similar field obtained within the last five years, or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants:

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.

In addition to submitting your application online, interested candidates should send their CV, publications list, and statement of research interests to Suzanne Nowicki (snowicki@lanl.gov ) and Alexei Klimenko (klimenko@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.

Postdoctoral Researcher: 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: $73,600; PhD + 1: $75,400, etc.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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.

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 (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 Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers, as well as NASA’s IBEX, SWIFT, TWINS, ACE, Mars Odyssey, and Van Allen Probes missions.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Organization Name: ISR-1/Space Science & Applications

Email: samanthad@lanl.gov

Job Title: Instrument Simulation and Development Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69454