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Los Alamos National Laboratory Radiation Transport Applications Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Radiation Transport Applications Group (XCP-7) of the X-Computational Physics Division is seeking early-career scientists and engineers for application of radiation transport modeling and simulation capabilities in support of the laboratory’s missions. We deliver high-quality analysis and understanding of neutron, gamma, proton and electron transport and analysis issues for an array of DOE missions, including stockpile stewardship, global nuclear security, criticality safety and weapon effects.

Our teams apply a wide variety of tools to model and investigate modern and historic experimental diagnostics, intrinsic radiation, radiation detection and measurement, shielding design, criticality safety, nuclear threat reduction and response, radiation health protection, nuclear weapons effects, and nuclear forensics. We are seeking candidates that have simulation and/or experimental backgrounds and interest in one or more of these topics. While most of our analysis involve the use of Monte Carlo radiation transport codes (especially MCNP and GEANT), we do value expertise with Discrete Ordinate methods. We also value experience with experiment design and radiation detection hardware, data collection, interpretation and analysis. Most staff in this group work within two or more of the above teams, and strong written and verbal communication skills are important in this group.

A successful candidate will need to clearly demonstrate the depth of experience, roles and responsibilities in previous team projects, and technical rigor.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Candidates must have a PhD, preferably in one of the technical focus areas listed above

  • Proficiency in at least one radiation transport simulation code (e.g. MCNP6, GEANT, Attila/Attila4MC, PARTISN, etc.)

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

  • Ability and willingness to exhibit professional conduct in interactions with co-workers and supervisors

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in modeling particle transport experiments and analysis/comparison of experimental data.

  • Working knowledge of a scripting language and/or data analysis software (e.g. Matlab, root, python, etc)

  • Working knowledge of CAD/CAE software (SpaceClaim, SolidWorks, ABAQUS, Cubit, etc)

  • Experience in modeling particle transport experiments and analysis/comparison of experimental data.

  • An existing Q-clearance is strongly preferred

Education: A Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Note to Applicants: Applicants should submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired requirements for the position.

Additional Details

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). 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 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.

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)

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth
Email danaj@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC80291
Organization Name XCP-7/Transport Applications
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC80291
Category: Postdoc