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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC74887


Job Title Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name NEN-5/Systems Design and Analysis

Minimum Salary

Maximum Salary

What You Will Do

The Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN‐5) is seeking one or more Postdoctoral researchersto work in the area of nuclear system design, ranging from development of computational methodologies, simulations of nuclear reactors, and/or systems analyses related to nuclear security. Depending on the specific skill set of the selected candidate, there will be opportunities to work in one or more of the following areas:

  • Solve important and challenging radiation transport and reactor safety problems for a variety of applications.

  • Develop and apply tools for high‐fidelity simulations of reactor cores.

  • Perform high‐fidelity computational modeling for a range of phenomena including neutronics, thermal hydraulics, nuclear fuel performance and/or other thermo‐mechanical processes.

  • Analyze reactor designs, including analysis of issues related to neutronics, structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and safety.

  • Perform integrated systems analyses related to nuclear security.

  • Assess international and domestic safeguards approaches for all steps in the nuclear fuel cycle.

There will be opportunities to publish technically advanced work in journals or conference proceedings.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in modeling and simulations related to one or more of the following disciplines: nuclear engineering, radiation transport calculations, reactor depletion simulations, computational thermal, solid, and/or fluid modeling, nuclear fuels and/or materials, nuclear chemistry, process modeling, nonproliferation, or related research areas.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Strong publication record in one or more of the following areas: nuclear engineering, physics, mechanical engineering or other closely related technical field of study.

  • Applicants must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain, a DOE Q clearance.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more areas of nuclear science or engineering, such as:

  • Nuclear systems, reactor design, and/or high‐fidelity reactor simulations.

  • Modeling and simulation tools for radiation transport, depletion, fuel performance, systems, computational fluid dynamics, and/or nuclear thermal hydraulics codes.

  • Familiarity with nuclear fuel cycles and their vulnerabilities to diversion and theft.

  • Familiarity with nuclear security concepts.

  • Ability to program and knowledge of programming languages such as Python, Perl, C++, and/or Fortran.


Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, or a closely related technical field of study from an accredited university granted within the past 5 years.

Notes to Applicants:

As part of the on-line application, please include a cover letter describing your professional interests, career goals, and related skills and qualifications.

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.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 program information refer to the Postdoc Program web page 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.

The Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation (NEN) Division is a focal point for the Laboratory’s nuclear engineering and nonproliferation work in support of international security. Within NEN‐Division, the Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN‐5) maintains strong capabilities and recognized expertise in (1) radiation transport code development and modeling for global security applications, (2) methods development and applications for high‐fidelity simulations of reactor cores and nuclear fuel, (3) design and demonstration of special‐purpose reactor concepts for space and terrestrial applications, (4) integrated decision support, risk assessment, and strategic planning for systems related to Global Nuclear Security, and (5) knowledge of nuclear fuel cycles and analytical skills to develop novel solutions to nuclear security challenges.

Appointment Type Postdoc


Contact Details

Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Email samanthad@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC74887