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Los Alamos National Laboratory Kinetic Plasma Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Plasma Theory and Applications Group (XCP-6) seeks a postdoctoral researcher in kinetic (particle-in-cell) modeling and theory of space plasma physics and/or magnetic confinement fusion. Specific research projects include studying the kinetic and MHD stability as well as efficiency of a magnetic mirror-confined plasma for a proposed fusion neutron source at the Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory DOE user facility; or studying coupling, transport, shock formation, and turbulence in the interaction of high-speed collisionless plasma flows with applications to space weather and national security. Depending on the interests and skills of the successful candidate, the research may focus on model and code development, kinetic theory, MHD theory, or comparing numerical models to experimental or observational data.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree in plasma physics or a closely related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience running or developing parallel codes in a high-performance, Unix computing environment.

  • Experience in validating numerical models with experimental or observational data.

  • Record of achievement in kinetic plasma theory, MHD, space plasma physics, plasma simulation code development, plasma transport and turbulence, or magnetic fusion experiment design and theory

Education Required: PhD in physics, engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants typically have completed a postdoctoral appointment in a related field.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants must apply online, and must submit a CV and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired (as appropriate) requirements for the position.

Additional Details:

Q Clearance: 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. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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 .

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.

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