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Job Information

Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC77351


Job Title Scientist 2

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name EES-DO/Earth & Environmental Sciences

Minimum Salary 89900

Maximum Salary 148300

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking early-career scientists and engineers to join us in our efforts to meet the nation’s earth science, environmental science, energy development, and national security challenges. We are looking for talented, enthusiastic, early-career individuals who can contribute to existing projects and help develop innovative solutions for challenges requiring expertise in the following science areas:

Atmospheric Science:

  • Atmospheric chemistry

  • Aerosol and trace gas measurement,

  • Boundary layer and surface exchange processes under the influences of complex terrain

  • Development and implementation of atmospheric models on high-performance-computing platforms.

Hydro- or Biogeochemistry:

  • Natural and anthropogenic tracer analysis in hydrological, environmental, and ecological studies

  • Hydrochemistry as applied to vegetation and ecosystem sciences

  • Biogeochemistry as applied to ecosystem response to disturbance

  • Process- to landscape-scale modeling of ecosystem response to hydrologic and hydrochemical disturbance.


  • Continuum mechanics

  • Damage and fracture mechanics

  • Shock physics

  • Continuum and/or discontinuum scale computational modeling methods

  • Physics-based constitutive model development for geologic and/or metallic materials.

  • Mechanical behavior of metals and/or rocks under extreme loading conditions


  • Seismic source modeling and event discrimination

  • Waveform signal processing: waveform similarity, reflection

  • Seismic earth model development (travel time, amplitude, full waveform)

  • Microseismic event analysis

  • Induced Seismicity

  • Acoustic methods for material characterization

  • Potential Field Theory

  • Optical signature analysis

Subsurface Flow, Transport, Reaction, and Deformation Modeling in Porous and Fractured Media:

  • Modeling of single and multi-phase fluid flow and/or reactive transport processes in porous and fractured media

  • Algorithm, numerical methods, and model development

  • Computational science with subject matter expertise in subsurface flow and transport

Data Analytics Applied to Earth Systems Modeling Including:

  • Machine Learning

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Model Analysis

  • Parameter Estimation

  • Uncertainty Quantification

  • Data Assimilation

  • Decision Analysis

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence and achievement as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated record of developing and/or contributing to proposals.

  • Demonstrated success delivering final work products of value to supervisors and/or sponsors.

  • Demonstrated experience working on multi-personnel projects.


  • Expertise in any of the following: data integration, parameter estimation, uncertainty, quantification, statistics, machine learning, analytical laboratory equipment, field deployment, high-performance computing, visualization, and optimization/decision analysis.

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Experience working on a multi-institutional team.

  • Experience working in a U.S. National Laboratory environment or on projects sponsored by DOE or DOD.

  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires U.S. citizenship.

Education Requirement: The educational requirement is a PhD in science or engineering from an accredited college or university and completion of a post-doctoral fellowship. In rare cases, work experience instead of the post-doctoral fellowship will be considered.

Notes to Applicant: Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that outlines their background and experience related to at least one specific EES science area . For more information about Los Alamos, please visit *www.LANL.gov or contact the hiring manager, Dr. David Coblentz ( coblentz@lanl.gov ) *.

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.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is a multi-program research organization with core capabilities in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geomaterials, Geography, Hydrology, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Acoustics, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science, and Geotechnical Engineering. Cross-cutting capabilities and facilities span the needs for laboratory experimentation, field deployments, computing, and data analytics. Capabilities in the Division are organized into groups, which consist of scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, administrators, and students. Most programs within the Division feature multi-discipline teams organized to solve complex problems of national importance.

Appointment Type Regular


Contact Details

Contact Name Lopez, Alexine F C (Alexine)

Email alexinel@lanl.gov

Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC77351