Los Alamos National Laboratory Multispecies Turbulent Flow Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Methods and Algorithms Group (XCP-4) of the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding Post-doctoral students in the area of modeling and simulation of multispecies turbulent flow. The research could include theoretical investigations into the fundamental physics of multispecies flows with application to modeling and developing innovative turbulence modeling approaches. Successful candidates are expected to work in a team environment, to implement models and methods in large production software, and to publish their research.

XCP-4 is a group of about 20 scientists with various technical backgrounds doing cutting edge research in advanced computational methods and algorithms for multi-physics applications in support of national and global security. Specifically, we develop state-of-the art numerical methods for shock hydrodynamics and multiphase flow in both Eulerian and Lagrangian frameworks, as well as advanced physics-based computational models in a variety of areas, including high explosives, turbulent reactive flow, and continuum solid mechanics. Our staff provides expertise in these areas through multidisciplinary interactions on teams seeking to provide solutions for large multi-physics codes. Our work supports a variety of Laboratory missions, including stockpile stewardship, nonproliferation, threat reduction, and energy and environmental sciences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Proven research skills in the area of modeling and simulation of turbulent flow

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

  • Record of publications commensurate with experience

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desired Skills


  • Strong knowledge of turbulence modeling and theory

  • Experience with variable-density multi-material mixing

  • Experience with VLES, hybrid, bridging, or scale-resolving turbulence models

  • Experience with PDF, stochastic, or spectral methods

  • Experience in coding within large, parallel, multi-physics codes and running large simulations in a high-performance computing environment

Education:A Ph.D. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or related field completed within the last 5 years or soon to be completed is required.

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 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 considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

_Compensation and Benefits



  • Competitive salaries


  • Flexible work schedules


  • Exercise facility free for staff use


  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans


  • Paid maternity leave, sick time


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


  • Fully vested in 401k day one


  • Disability insurance

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM 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 trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera 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-4/Methods And Algorithms

Job Title: Multispecies Turbulent Flow Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC70382