Los Alamos National Laboratory Modeling and Simulation of Inertial Confinement Fusion Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Eulerian Codes Group, XCP-2, of the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is seeking an outstanding postdoc candidate to perform code development in the area of laser ray-tracing in an Eulerian radiation-hydrodynamics code. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with scientists from both LANL and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester, and will spend approximately 25% of their time at LANL and 75% of their time at LLE.

Description: The Eulerian Codes Group (XCP-2) in the Computational Physics (XCP) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral position in code development and modeling related to plasma physics and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), specifically in the area of laser ray-tracing. XCP-2 supports and develops the xRAGE Radiation-Hydrodynamics Eulerian Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) code, which is widely used to perform simulations of ICF and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) experiments. The candidate will assist in the development of a three-dimensional laser ray-trace package, intended for use in multiple codes, and will assist in the integration of this package into the xRAGE code. The position will also involve validation of physics models and their implementation in the xRAGE code as applied to the simulation of ICF and HEDP experiments, as well as performing detailed code comparisons. The successful candidate is expected to work in a team environment with experimentalists and computational scientists, implement models and methods in xRAGE, and publish results. The ideal candidate will also have experience in theoretical and computational plasma physics or related disciplines.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

  • Solid background in numerical methods and modeling HEDP, or related systems.

  • Proficiency in a computer language such as Fortran, C/C++, and/or Python.

  • Strong record of publications commensurate with experience.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with geometric optics and its application to laser ray-tracing.

  • Experience in modeling HEDP experiments, highly-coupled physics experiments for compressible flows.

  • Solid background in numerical methods for solving systems of partial differential equations in fluid dynamics, or related fields.

  • Experience with massively parallel numerical development and simulations

  • Experience with big data, and evolving numerical algorithms computer codes to future computing architectures

  • Candidates should have code development experience relevant to computational physics.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q-Clearance

Notes to applicants: Applicants should submit a CV/Resume and cover letter when applying on-line.

Contact: XCP-2 Group Leader, Mike Steinkamp (505-667-5837)

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.

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 Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines 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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL. Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for:

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time

  • Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D;, and Disability Insurances

  • 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401K on day one

  • Multiple options for work schedule

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

Los Alamos, New Mexico 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 & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: XCP-2/Eulerian Codes

Job Title: Modeling and Simulation of Inertial Confinement Fusion Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67465