Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantum Computing in Earth Science in Los Alamos, New Mexico


Job Title Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantum Computing in Earth Science

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name EES-16/Computational Earth Science

What You Will Do

The Computational Earth Science Group (EES-16) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a creative and resourceful postdoctoral research associate with experience in either computational science or quantum computing. The postdoc will work as part of a team developing novel methods for coupling high-performance classical computing with quantum computing to solve challenging computational science problems. The candidate will be working on applications of these methods to problems in the earth sciences (particularly, subsurface flow and transport) and/or the design of additively manufactured products. The successful applicant should have a strong publication record and will be expected to publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present at well-known conferences. This position requires a diverse skillset, so having an interest in and aptitude for learning new things will be important.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated strong background in either computational science or quantum computing

  • Outstanding record of peer-reviewed publications

  • Excellent communication, writing, and oral presentation skills

Desired Skills:

  • Strong applied mathematics skills

  • Experience with high performance computing

  • Experience with quantum annealing

  • Experience with the earth sciences

  • Experience with additive manufacturing

  • Experience programming in Julia

Education: Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a STEM field.

Notes to Applicants: The application package consists of a CV and a one-page cover letter. In addition to applying online, applicants may email their CV and cover letter to Daniel O’Malley ( omalled@lanl.gov , 505-667-8684). No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the education and minimum job requirements is encouraged to apply.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. For general information about LANL’s postdoctoral program please refer to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php . LANL postdoctoral researchers start with a minimum annual salary of $74,000.

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.

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 Computational Earth Science Group addresses these challenges using multiple computational techniques and simulation tools including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), machine learning, reduced-order modeling, massively parallel high performance computing (HPC), data analytics, physics-based models of the environment, hydrological models, GIScience/GIS, and operations research/optimization. The Group’s research includes both fundamental and applied science ranging from subsurface to atmospheric phenomena, including collaboration with experimentalists to measure unique subsurface, surface, and atmospheric signatures. The successful candidate or candidates will work as part of a dynamic team developing cutting-edge approaches (methodologies and computational tools) to tackle pressing national and global challenges.

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