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Los Alamos National Laboratory Post Bachelor Student in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Physics Division invites applications for a post-baccalaureate position in the Neutron Science and Technology group (P-23). We are an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of people whoapply a wide range of physics techniques to solve challenges relevant to United States national security. Some of our current projects involve UV holography, nuclear fission, and other shock physics measurements. The postbac will be encouraged to explore other areas relevant to their interests. We will also encourage and support the postbac to explore their options in further graduate studies. This is a one-year appointment with a possible second year extension.

One of many areas of involvement is the material density measurements using x-ray radiography at pulsed power sources. The post-bac scientist will be responsible for measuring and analyzing photon energy spectrum data from pulsed power machines around the country. They will compare pulsed power simulations to data. The nation-wide team will cooperatively mentor the selected candidate so they understand each level of the scientific process in these experiments.

The successful candidate will:

  • Learn radiography techniques for image analysis

  • Work together with the experimental design team

  • Compare pulsed power simulations with data

  • Develop technical writing and communication skills

  • Share research at scientific conferences and assist with technical publications

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Education: recent bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, or a related field

  • A sense of curiosity, creativity, and a willingness to develop new skills

  • Ability to work well on a collaborative team

  • Good verbal and written interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience working in a professional environment

  • Some travel will be encouraged for experiments and conferences

Desired Skills:

  • Programming and/or data analysis experience (Matlab, C++, python, etc.)

  • Engineering design tool experience (AutoCAD, Solidworks, etc.)

  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment (oscilloscopes, electronics, etc.)

  • A background in fundamental physics concepts (via classes or research)

Notes to Applicants:

  • Please submit the following through the LANL application system:

  • A brief cover letter addressing how you meet the required and desired skills.

  • A current C.V./resume with the following information: Educational background, degree dates, GPA

  • Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V./resume will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

No Clearance: 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.

Incentive Compensation Program: Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

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 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.

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)

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Contact Details
Contact Name Thompson, Larry Douglas
Email larrydtho@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC81579
Organization Name P-23/Physics-Neutron Science & Technology
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC81579
Category: Student - Post Bachelor