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

What You Will Do_

LANL Computational Physics is eagerly searching for doctoral-level career scientists / engineers with research interests and experience in computational physics. The Lagrangian Codes Group develops and maintains large scale, massively parallel multi-physics codes as part of the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Program. Our areas of expertise include numerical fluid and solid mechanics, materials science, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma physics, turbulence, magneto hydrodynamics, high explosives, nuclear physics and engineering, and neutral particle transport. The duties of our well-compensated professionals include research and development of applied physics and engineering models, the implementation of these methods into production codes using excellent software development practices, the testing and validation of these methods, and the education and support of users as they adopt these methods. 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:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Thorough professional knowledge, experience, and leadership in one or more of the following areas: numerical fluid and solid mechanics, material science, radiation hydrodynamics, plasma physics, turbulence, magnetohydrodynamics, high explosives, nuclear physics and engineering, neutral particle transport, and mesh optimization

  • Thorough knowledge, experience, and leadership in the development of multi-physics scientific codes, including software engineering practices and user support

  • Proficiency with modern Fortran, C, and C++

  • Proven ability to work productively as a member of a team with minimal supervision; and the ability to satisfy customer requirements by making sound programmatic and technical decisions

  • Effective interpersonal skills including the communication of technical information and building relationships with users, and the coordination/mentorship of junior staff;

  • Actively participates in professional societies, complex interactions, special assignments, and/or external collaborations.

  • Recognized as a technical authority and leader in areas applicable to mission and deliverables as evidenced by accomplishments in code and/or model development and talks and publications delivered to peers on work accomplished

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

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance (which normally requires U.S. citizenship and always requires a drug-free life)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience using LANL’s high-performance computing (HPC) environment, MPI, and UNIX

  • Experience with Lagrangian or Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) hydrodynamics and other physics (or multi-physics) in that context

  • Experience with and demonstrated interest in LANL’s mission and research environment.

  • Recognized impact on programmatic deliverables for the nuclear weapons program

  • Acquires internal/external funding for self and others

  • Active Q clearance.

Education: PhD in physics, engineering or applied mathematics, or related field, or equivalent experience, is strongly preferred.

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. Recent Ph.D. applicants not meeting all the requirements for the Scientist 2 position may be considered for a postdoctoral appointment.

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.

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

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Organization Name: XCP-1/Lagrangian Codes

Email: danaj@lanl.gov

Job Title: Scientist 3

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67683