Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Physics & Data Scientist 3 (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The Materials and Physical Data group (XCP-5) in the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking highly motivated early-career candidates to develop higher fidelity nuclear data libraries to be used primarily in simulations for stockpile stewardship and global security applications. Considerable effort is underway at LANL and elsewhere to improve the measurements of relevant data, the theory used to describe these reactions, the uncertainties in both, and understand their impact on these applications. The successful candidate will work with these communities, both nationally and internationally, to help develop, implement and validate new physics models, new data libraries and support their use. Priority consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience in the measurement, creation, processing and/or usage of nuclear data.

XCP-5 is an interdisciplinary group, which develops, implements, and validates constitutive models (material strength, damage and failure, etc.), equations of state (EOS), and physical data libraries including opacities and nuclear cross sections for use in large-scale simulation codes; additionally, some group members collaborate in the design and analysis of small-scale and integral validation experiments for material models and physical data. XCP-5 offers an exciting, flexible, scientifically challenging work environment with many opportunities to collaborate with the broader LANL scientific community.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Previous knowledge of and work with one or more nuclear data applications, e.g. criticality safety, reactor shielding, reactor burn-up, detector response modeling, stockpile or global security applications, etc.

  • Previous knowledge of and work with one or more nuclear data formats, e.g. GNDS, ENDF, ACE, NDI, CCCC or other nuclear data library formats

  • Proficiency in one or more compiled (e.g. C, C++, Fortran) and scripting (e.g. BASH, Perl, Python) computer language

  • Experience with software development process and tools

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by a documented record of memorandum, reports, presentations and/or peer-reviewed journal articles commensurate with experience

  • Strong interpersonal and teaming skills, with the capability to support customers.

  • Ability to work independently and provide innovative scientific solutions and direction to projects

  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and steward R&D; programs and to effectively advise students, postdocs and early-career staff

  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead small research teams

  • Ability to work productively in a multidisciplinary team environment

  • Commitment to NNSA global security missions

  • Active DOE Q Clearance

Desired Skills:

  • Experience using regression and/or machine learning techniques

  • Experience with NJOY or other nuclear data processing codes to build and verify application libraries

  • Experience with MCNP or other neutron transport codes to perform neutronics simulation analysis and validation

  • Experience in supercomputing and/or in developing parallel software for many-core architectures

  • Experience with user support for a software or data library product

Education:The successful candidate is expected to have a doctoral degree in nuclear physics or engineering (or related studies) and to have 5-10 year experience in a relevant field.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants should submit a CV/resume and a detailed cover letter describing how they meet the required and desired qualifications for this position. For questions contact: Morgan White, morgan@lanl.gov.

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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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

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.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Organization Name: XCP-5: MATERIALS AND PHYSICAL DATA

Email: danaj@lanl.gov

Job Title: Nuclear Physics & Data Scientist 3 (Scientist 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70301