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

What You Will Do

The Plasma Theory and Application Group (XCP-6) in the Computational Physics (XCP) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an opening for a scientist in theoretical and computational plasma physics specializing in modeling and design of novel ICF/HED concepts.

Scientist 2 ($87,800– $144,800)

The successful candidate will play a role in identifying important physics challenges in developing thermonuclear burning platforms and contribute to team based activities resolving these challenges. Areas of particular interest are: inertial confinement fusion; high energy density physics; turbulence and/or perturbed plasma flows ; algorithm and model development for plasma and high energy density science. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with LANL physicists, experimentalists, target fabrication, and numerical methods experts, as well as with scientists at other laboratories and universities. This research may lead to the design, fielding, and analysis of experiments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) OMEGA, and National Ignition Facility (NIF) lasers or on the Z machine pulsed power facility. The successful candidate will be expected to continue fundamental or applied research in his/her areas of specialization as well as to support the national-security programs and mission of the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to experimental designs while working closely with designers, experimentalists and target fabrication staff (effectively work as part of a team).

  • Recognized as a subject matter expert in at least one area of plasma physics as evidenced by talks and/or publications on work accomplished.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both written and orally, interpersonal and to large audiences.

  • Self-starter; demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in area of expertise.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience running large, parallel codes in a high-performance, Unix computing environment.

  • Experience building interdisciplinary collaborations and leading experimental teams.

  • Experience with large-scale projects to solve national technology challenges.

  • Proven record as a mentor to postdocs.

  • Familiarity with the NNSA National Laboratories’ mission and research environment.

  • Expertise in numerical methods, methods analysis or computational physics; some code development in support of HED experiments is desirable.

  • Basic knowledge of nuclear weapon physics.

  • Active or re-instateable Q clearance.

Education:A doctoral degree in physics, engineering, astrophysics, applied mathematics or a closely related field.

Notes to Applicants:Applicants should submit a CV, and a letter of interest describing in detail 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 casual work environment focused on creative problem solving. 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. We provide mentoring and early career training opportunities to help new technical staff members make a smooth transition into our LANL scientific culture. 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 parental leave, sick time

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

  • Disability insurance

  • Access provided to most professional journals

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather 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.

Maximum Salary: 144800

Minimum Salary: 87800

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Budge, Trevor L.

Organization Name: XCP-6/Plasma Theory And Applications

Email: tbudge@lanl.gov

Job Title: Scientist 2

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65958