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

What You Will Do_

The Plasma Theory and Application Group (XCP-6) applies theoretical and computational plasma physics to model and design novel ICF/HED experiments, theoretical models, and computational algorithms. Areas of particular interest are: inertial confinement fusion; high energy density physics; turbulence and/or perturbed plasma flows ; algorithm and model development for plasma and high energy density science. This research may lead to the design, fielding, and analysis of experiments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), and National Ignition Facility (NIF) lasers or on the Z machine pulsed power facility. The successful candidate will be expected to continue fundamental or applied research in his/her areas of specialization as well as to support the national-security programs and mission of the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree in physics, engineering, astrophysics, applied mathematics or a closely related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed

  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievements in the fields of ICF/HED Design, Thermonuclear Burn Physics, MHD, Plasma Physics (theory, simulation or code development), Plasma Transport and Turbulence or Kinetic Plasma Effects

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

Desired Skills:

  • Experience running large, parallel codes in a high-performance, Unix computing environment

  • Experience in fielding and analysis of experimental data

  • Experience in modeling ICF/HED experiments

Notes to Applicants:Applicants must apply online, and must submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired requirements for the position. Please save and attach all documents by your last name and the IRC # listed on the job posting.

Additional Details:

Q Clearance: 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 Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL. Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for:

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental, Vision

  • Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time

  • Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D;, and Disability Insurances

  • 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401K on day one

  • Multiple options for work schedule

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

Los Alamos, New Mexico 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 & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Montoya, Jessica M

Organization Name: XCP-6/Plasma Theory And Applications

Email: jessica_m@lanl.gov

Job Title: Plasma Physics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69917