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 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. 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.

T-1 seeks to understand how basic forces operating at the atomic level manifest themselves in the properties of matter at the macroscopic level. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory’s missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.

The candidate will be expected to lead outstanding research in developing new and improved models for the physics, chemistry and engineering used in a broad set of materials-related areas. Current activities in the group include research in atoms, molecules, solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and explosives. This work supports a variety of Laboratory programmatic missions, including stockpile stewardship, energy security, threat reduction, and environmental science.

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or 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 ($87,800 - $144,800)The successful candidate will:

  • Lead independent research in theoretical and computational modeling of properties of materials and/or plasmas

  • Publish research in leading scientific journals

  • Recruit and mentor students and postdocs

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

Scientist 3 ($96,600 - $161,300)


In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will be required to:_


  • Lead and guide inter-disciplinary teams, possibly encompassing both theorists and experimentalists, to develop new theoretical and computational tools for prediction of material and plasma properties

  • Recruit and mentor junior staff

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

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Significant experience in broad areas of modeling and simulation in physics, chemistry, or materials science

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

  • Demonstrated track record of successfully mentoring students and postdocs

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally

Additional Job Requirements for (Scientist 3):In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Scientist 3 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

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

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

Desired Skills:


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

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

  • Active DOE Q clearance

Education Required:

PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering or closely related fields

Notes 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 at jcolgan@lanl.gov

Additional Details:

No Clearance: 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.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Doyle, Christine Louise

Organization Name: T-1/Physics And Chemistry Of Materials

Email: cdoyle@lanl.gov

Job Title: Scientist 2/3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70403