Los Alamos National Laboratory Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

The P-24 Plasma Physics group in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct experimental research in intense, relativistic laser interaction with matter. P-24 is a world leader in high-energy-density (HED) plasma physics and inertial-confinement fusion (ICF), and conducts an exciting program of research in support of national-security and plasma/fusion-science programs at national facilities.

The project you will join will adhere to an aggressive, milestone-driven schedule. It is expected that the successful candidate will travel to various laser facilities, both national and international, to conduct experiments. You will have the opportunity to conduct research leading to high-impact research papers, to present at top plasma-physics conferences, and to build your credentials for a successful career.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in experimental relativistic laser-matter interaction or a closely related discipline, as evidenced by at least one first-author paper submitted to or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Sound academic training in fundamental laser-matter interaction physics.

  • Significant hands-on research experience in a laboratory laser-matter physics environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with building and/or operating plasma diagnostics, especially ion spectrometer or electron spectrometer.

  • Experience with optical diagnostics such as Frequency-Resolved-Optical-Gating or interferometry.

  • Experience with maintaining/operating data-acquisition systems.

  • Experience with data analysis using software tools such as Matlab or Python.

  • Experience with mechanical construction of laboratory hardware, etc.

  • Familiarity with kinetic particle-in-cell simulations.

Education: A Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics or very closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.

Notes to Applicants:

  • In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Sasi Palaniyappan (sasi@lanl.gov)

  • To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested above.

  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.

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

Organization Name: P-24/Plasma Physics

Job Title: Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC66757