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Los Alamos National Laboratory Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Weak Interactions Team in the Physics Division (P-1) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral appointment working on a search for double beta decay; a rare nuclear decay that can provide insight into the particle-antiparticle nature of the neutrino and the absolute mass scale of the neutrino. The successful candidate will contribute to the Team's efforts on the Majorana and LEGEND double-beta decay experiments. The Team is focused on analyzing Majorana data from an array of Ge detectors at the Sanford Underground Research Facility; and installation for the LEGEND experiment, a next generation double-beta decay experiment with initial experimental efforts in Gran Sasso, Italy.

Dynamic Imaging and Radiography (P-1) in the Physics Division 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.Team membersspecialize in 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 and backgrounds, participation in experiments worldwide, sponsorship of workshops and conferences, unclassified and classified experiments and analyses.

The LANL Postdoctoral Program is a pipeline for hiring technical staff at the Laboratory, many of whom first joined LANL as postdocs. The Laboratory encourages its postdoc mentors to help their postdocs explore possibilities for conversion to a permanent staff position.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

(1) The successful candidate must have an experimental background in one or more of the following areas: Nuclear physics, particle physics, simulation and analysis of nuclear-particle physics experiments, low background counting, or data acquisition. (2) Ability for significant travel, within pandemic constraints, to experimental sites is a necessity. (3) Strong communication and language skills, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and the candidates cover letter.

Desired Qualifications:

(1) Experience fielding experiments at underground facilities; (2) a strong publishing record, demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English; (3) familiarity with cryogenic systems; (4) familiarity with germanium detectors; (5) experience with weak interaction measurements.


A Ph.D. (completed in 2015 or later) in nuclear, particle physics, or astrophysics is required.

Note to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, a CV, the names of three persons providing letters of reference, and a cover letter addressing the required and desired skills in detail should be sent to Dr. Steve Elliott at elliotts@lanl.gov or (505) 665-0068 or Dr. Ralph Massarczyk at massarczyk@lanl.gov or (505) 665-6710. Feel free to address questions to either contact. Please also apply online at jobs.lanl.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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 more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://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 regard 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.

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Vacancy Name: IRC81496
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Category: Postdoc