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Los Alamos National Laboratory Ion Source Physics and Technology Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC77434


Job Title Ion Source Physics and Technology Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name AOT-AE/Accelerators and Electrodynamics

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What You Will Do

The Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking for a candidate that are interested in a postdoctoral appointment to the Ion source team of the Accelerator and Electrodynamics (AOT-AE) group.

The successful applicant for this position will be expected to work as a member of the Ion Source Team with the primary responsibility of supporting the upgrade projects of positive and negative ion beam injectors at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. Additionally, this position will work on future novel instrument developments related to the H+/H- ion source test stands, ion source processing stands and radio frequency quadrupole accelerator RFQ injector development stand .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Research experience in a laboratory-physics environment.

  • Ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in experimental physics or a very closely related discipline, as evidenced by at least one first-author paper submitted to or published in a high-profile peer-reviewed journal.

  • Ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

  • Academic training in atomic collision physics, plasma physics, particle accelerator and ion source technologies.

  • Familiarity with ion beam diagnostics, such as beam current monitors, bunch shape monitors, beam imaging, transversal emittance instruments or plasma spectroscopy, plasma probes, hot cathode/anode studies etc.

  • A Ph.D. in experimental physics, applied physics, or electrical engineering, or a related field awarded within the last five years.

Desired Skills

  • Simulation of beam extraction or beam transport using program codes CST studio, SIMION, PBGUN, etc.

  • Experience with data analysis using software tools such as COMSOL, MATLAB, ORGIN or Mathematica.

  • Formal training in software development: National Instruments’ LabVIEW, PLC programing, EPICS, or others.

  • Working knowledge of Solid Works, C+ and HTML is a plus.


A Ph.D. in experimental physics, applied physics, or electrical engineering, awarded within the last five years.

Notes to Applicants

Please submit the following the following through the LANL application system: o A cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills. o A current C.V./resume with the following information: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale; Work experience; Competitive honors; relevant extracurricular activities; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks; References.

  • Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V./resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

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 more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

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.

AOT Division provides leadership in the Laboratory’s core capability of Accelerators and Electrodynamics, enables charged particle acceleration through controlled utilization of electromagnetic fields, supporting National Security missions involving radiographic imaging, remote measurements of electromagnetic signatures, and development of new neutron research capabilities. In particular, AOT division operates the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) - proton accelerator complex, and conducts applied physics research and development in accelerator-focused technologies as they apply to Free Electron Lasers, National Security Science programs, and future accelerator missions. AE group within AOT division leads peer critical physics research and technical developments in support of LANL national mission.

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Req ID: IRC77434