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Los Alamos National Laboratory Scientist 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Physics and Chemistry of Materials group (T-1) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking qualified applicants for possible staff position openings in several research areas. The candidate will be expected to perform outstanding research in the field of computational physics and chemistry on problems related to the properties and dynamics of materials. This includes development and application of new and improved models for the physics, chemistry and engineering used in a broad set of materials-related areas.

T-1 staff members are experts in theory and simulation of materials using a wide range of techniques, spanning multiple length-scales, from the atomic to the continuum, including data science methods. As one of the seven groups of the Theoretical Division (https://theoretical.lanl.gov), T-1 seeks to understand how basic forces operating at the atomic level manifest themselves in the properties of matter at the macroscopic level. Current activities in the group span a broad spectrum of research areas including studies of atoms, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and explosives. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative scientific solutions that are needed to solve technical problems across the breadth of the Laboratory’s missions, including stockpile stewardship, energy security, global threat reduction, and environmental science. This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2/3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 2 $94,100 - $155,700

  • Lead independent research in theoretical and computational modeling of properties of materials, chemical processes, or plasmas

  • Publish research in leading scientific journals

  • Recruit and mentor students and postdocs

  • Work in a multidisciplinary team environment to solve problems in support of Laboratory missions

Scientist 3 $113,100 - $190,900

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this levelyou will be required to:

  • Lead and guide inter-disciplinary teams, possibly encompassing both theorists and experimentalists, to develop and apply new theoretical and computational tools for materials and chemistry

  • Recruit and mentor junior staff

  • Provide leadership in preparing proposals that shape the future research directions of the group

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Significant experience in broad areas of modeling and simulation in physics and chemistry of materials including quantum, classical or continuum frameworks

  • Outstanding track record of sustained scientific accomplishment with commensurate publication record

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally

Education Required: PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering or closely related field

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

  • 5+ years of relevant R&D experience

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and research teams in broad areas of expertise in modeling and simulation

  • International reputation in relevant area of expertise as demonstrated by publications, invited presentations, professional service and/or professional honors

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with one or more of the areas: multi-scale physics modeling, atomic processes in plasmas, atomistic simulation, computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, equation of state and high explosive modeling

  • Experience in developing novel theoretical models and solutions for multi-physics problems

  • Data Science and Machine Learning, applied scientific computing and software engineering

  • Demonstrated track record of successfully mentoring students and/or postdocs

  • Experience in building interdisciplinary collaborations, including with experimental groups. Ability to recruit and mentor junior staff

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

Note to Applicants: Applicants should submit a CV/resume and a cover letter that summarizes their qualifications for the required and desired skills listed above. For questions, contact: T-1 Group Leader, James Colgan atjcolgan@lanl.gov

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .

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)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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. SeeDOE 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: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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. Employment Status

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Contact Name Hall, Lorna Jane
Email lorna.hall@lanl.gov
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Vacancy Name: IRC89856
Organization Name T-1/Physics And Chemistry Of Materials
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Req ID: IRC89856
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