Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Plasma Physics in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Center of Excellence for Kinetic-Plasma Simulations (CEKSi) has job openings for several postdoctoral positions in plasma theory and simulation. Successful candidates will work with a team of computational plasma physicists spread across multiple divisions at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The research will employ theoretical analysis along with state-of-the-art hybrid and fully kinetic simulations to address the physics of magnetic reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration relevant to space and laboratory applications; or to study plasma kinetic effects relevant to high energy-density environments, including Inertial Confinement Fusion.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong theoretical & computational background in plasma physics

  • Demonstrated record of scientific achievements

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.

  • The position requires a Ph.D. in theoretical plasma physics or a closely related area earned within the last five years.

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in computational plasma physics

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with large-scale fluid or kinetic plasma simulations

  • Experience comparing simulations with laboratory experiments and/or spacecraft observations

Notes to Applicants: Interested candidates should submit their CV and cover letter to the LANL online job site. Inquiries regarding these positions should be directed to Bill Daughton (daughton@lanl.gov) or Andrei Simakov (simakov@lanl.gov).

Additional Details:

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.

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 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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Daughton, William Scott (Bill)

Organization Name: XTD-PRI/Primary Physics

Email: daughton@lanl.gov

Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Plasma Physics

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC69453