Los Alamos National Laboratory National Security Science Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

We are looking for postdoctoral candidates to work with the National Security Sciences (NSS) Team on development of next-generation scintillators for use in x-ray and gamma-ray detection. This work is part of a project that uses machine learning techniques to guide new scintillator material synthesis, coupled with detailed measurements of scintillator performance, to develop a next-generation radiographic imaging system. The successful candidate will be expected to join this multi-disciplinary project and concentrate on scintillator characterization using optical, thermal, and radiation excitation of the materials.

NSS team efforts in applied physics include current and future experimental work needed to understand the physics and physical conditions seen in systems relevant to stockpile stewardship and certification, as well as re-analysis and interpretation of data from past experiments. One of the thrusts of the team is in performing dynamic experiments utilizing elementary particle probes (e.g. neutrons, gamma-rays) from pulsed sources to help understand the complex interplay of fundamental physics and material properties under extreme conditions. We have a diverse set of experiments at locations around the country including the Naval Research Laboratory and the Nevada National Security Site, so some travel will be required.

While the successful postdoctoral applicant will aid in this effort in characterizing the material’s scintillation properties, this work can include simulations of detector performance, and evaluation of optimal radiographic systems. There may be additional opportunities for collaborative work with scientists on the NSS Team or from other groups or divisions at LANL.

Highly skilled applicants will be considered for Director's or Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellowships with exceptional candidates being considered for the prestigious Hoffman, Feynman, Oppenheimer, or Reines Fellowships.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • This position requires a PhD with demonstrated scientific achievement in a relevant area of nuclear-, particle-, astro,- plasma-, chemical- or materials-physics or related areas to support the current and future applied experimental physics program.

  • A record of successful scientific publication and conference presentations

  • A demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (i.e. technically and interpersonally), at various staff levels both orally and/or in writing.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in particle detector development and/or implementation desired.

  • Experience with modern Monte Carlo based particle simulation tools desired.

  • Experience planning, designing, coordinating, managing, and fielding experiments at nuclear physics and/or pulsed power facilities desired.

  • Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Energy “Q” clearance, which normally requires U. S. citizenship, desired.

Education: Ph.D in Physics or related field, or the equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Notes to Applicants:For specific questions about this job, contact Dr. Todd Haines at haines@lanl.gov or (505) 667-3638.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). 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 Hoffman, Feynman, Oppenheimer, or Reines Fellowships.

For general information to the Postdoc Program go to http://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.

P-23 is a diverse group of experimental physicists, engineers, technicians, and students engaged in a range of fundamental and applied research in nuclear physics beyond the Standard Model, weapons physics, remote sensing, and fluid dynamics. The common feature is the application of state-of-the-art techniques in particle and light detection and the recording of transient events. We support a diverse program that includes scientists of many nationalities, participation in experiments worldwide, sponsorship of workshops and conferences, and classified experiments and analysis.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-665-6726

Contact Name: Standifer, Robert Jeffrey (Jeff)

Organization Name: P-23/Neutron Science & Technology

Email: jstandifer@lanl.gov

Job Title: National Security Science Postdoctoral Research Associate

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC67730