Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Software Engineer/Computer Scientist 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

LANL Computational Physics is eagerly searching for master's- or doctoral-level career scientists / engineers with interests and experience in research software engineering or computer science. The Lagrangian Codes Group develops and maintains large scale, massively parallel multi-physics codes as part of the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Program. The duties of our well-compensated professionals include the modernization of core software infrastructure for performance portability, performance monitoring and analysis, development of novel I/O and visualization capabilities, application of DevOps practices in both development and production HPC environments, development of requirements for next-generation HPC platforms, and education and support of users as they adopt our products. We encourage mentoring for new staff to build skills quickly, and we work within a dynamic multi-physics team environment that facilitates productive and collaborative relationships with our software users, other software teams, and with theoreticians and experimentalists across LANL.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Professional knowledge and experience in applying robust software engineering practices to the development of scientific simulation software

  • Experience in mixed-language HPC software development, including in Fortran, C++, and Python

  • Ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written presentations

  • Experience as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team with minimal supervision

  • Proven ability to satisfy customer requirements by making sound programmatic and technical decisions

  • Effective interpersonal skills, including building effective relationships with users

  • Initiative for continuous learning and development

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance (which normally requires U.S. citizenship)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in development of parallel multi-physics simulation codes

  • Experience in performance analysis, especially of parallel multi-physics simulation codes

  • Experience in performance optimization of simulation codes, especially by exploiting GPUs or other specialized HPC hardware

  • Experience using LANL or other DOE HPC systems

  • Active Q clearance

Education: Master's degree or PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, or related field, or equivalent experience is strongly preferred. A minimum of a BS is required.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a letter of interest describing how they meet the required and desired qualifications 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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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.

Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salaries

  • Flexible work schedules

  • Exercise facility free for staff use

  • Choice of comprehensive medical plans

  • Paid maternity leave, sick time

  • 401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance_


Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Montoya, Jessica M

Organization Name: XCP-1/Lagrangian Codes

Email: jessica_m@lanl.gov

Job Title: Research Software Engineer/Computer Scientist 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68702