Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear Systems Analysis Post Baccalaureate Intern in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Nuclear Systems Analysis Post Baccalaureate Intern

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name NEN-5/Systems Design and Analysis

What You Will Do

The Systems Design and Analysis Group (NEN- 5) is seeking a Post Baccalaureate student with interests in one or more areas of nuclear system design, ranging from development of computational methodologies to simulations of nuclear reactors. The selected candidate will partner with staff to conduct research in an area that is closely aligned with one of the following areas:

  • Solving important and challenging radiation transport problems for a variety of applications.

  • Developing and applying tools for high- fidelity simulations of reactor cores.

  • High‐ fidelity computational modeling of a range of phenomena including nuclear fuel performance and other thermo‐ mechanical processes.

  • Reactor design and demonstration, including analysis of issues related to neutronics, structural mechanics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and safety.

  • Integrated systems analyses related to nuclear security.

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

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Perform high quality modeling and/or simulations in a nuclear-related field within the group.

  • Document and/or present technical work clearly and effectively.

  • Undertake domestic travel as periodically required based on programmatic needs.

There are opportunities for technically advanced work performed here to be published in journals or conference proceedings.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated 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 fluid modeling, nuclear fuels and/or materials, nuclear chemistry, process modeling, nonproliferation, or related research areas.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Experience contributing to technical presentations and publications.

  • Demonstrated ability to team as well as work independently, and to produce work that demonstrates quality, technical excellence, innovation, and creativity.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.

  • Applicants must currently hold, or have the ability to obtain, a Q clearance, which normally requires U.S. citizenship.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in an area of nuclear science or engineering.

Experience in one or more of these computational areas:

  • Familiarity with the Monte Carlo neutron transport code MCNP.

  • Familiarity with computational fluid dynamics and/or nuclear thermal hydraulics codes.

  • Facility with parallel computing with visualization and processing of large scientific datasets.

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


Recent graduates (BS/BA Degree) would qualify for a 1-2 year appointment through our Post Baccalaureate program. All viable candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 for consideration, and have earned the degree no more than 3 years ago.

To receive full consideration, candidates must have been awarded a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, or a closely related technical field of study from an accredited university.

Notes to Applicants:

As part of the application process, please upload your transcripts, cover letter, and resume.

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.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page.

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 safeguards challenges.

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Appointment Type UGS


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Contact Details

Contact Name Ditsworth, Samantha Aileen

Email samanthad@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC71230