Los Alamos National Laboratory Monte Carlo Codes Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Monte Carlo Methods, Codes, and Applications Group (XCP-3) of the X-Computational Physics Division is seeking early career scientists for research and development in our particle transport capabilities in support of the laboratory’s missions. We deliver first-principles Monte Carlo methods for radiation transport, production-quality codes, and transport-based computational and experimental assessments that cover an array of DOE missions, including stockpile stewardship, global nuclear security, and criticality safety.

Our expertise lies in developing production-quality radiation particle transport software and its applications. XCP-3 is responsible for LANL’s Monte Carlo radiation particle transport codes, MCNP® and MCATK. Our transport-based applications include simulations of experimental diagnostics, intrinsic radiation, radiation detection and measurement, criticality safety, nuclear threat reduction and response, radiation health protection, nuclear weapons effects, and nuclear forensics.

We are particularly interested in candidates that have specialized in nuclear instrumentation and development of detector response simulation capabilities. The successful candidate will be expected to continue fundamental or applied research in his/her areas of specialization as well as to support the national-security programs and mission of the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievements in the fields Monte Carlo methods, algorithms, and software development for simulation of neutral and charged particle transport.

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

  • Experience with modern software development languages

Desired Skills:

  • Experience running large, parallel codes in a high-performance, UNIX computing environment.

  • Experience in modeling particle transport experiments and analysis/comparison of experimental data.

  • Experience with modern software development methodologies (such as Agile development, SCRUM, unit testing, continuous build & test, test driven development).

  • Experience with multi-core CPU, Intel XEON Phi, and/or GPU programming.

Education: A Ph.D. in Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Physics or a closely related field, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants should submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired 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.

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 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

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 pride 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.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Multiple options for work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid sick time and disability insurance

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

  • Fully vested in 401k on day one

. Relocation Assistance (if needed)

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: XCP-3/Monte Carlo Codes

Job Title: Monte Carlo Codes Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC64057