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

Vacancy Name: IRC69721


Job Title Scientist 3

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name Eulerian Codes (XCP-2)

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 Eulerian 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, 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.

Technical Areas of Interest:

  • Code development for massively parallel computing

  • Compressible Eulerian hydrodynamics

  • High explosives modeling and algorithmic development

  • Equations of state/constitutive models

  • Shockwave physics

  • Code infrastructure

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, high explosives, and neutral particle transport

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency with modern Fortran, C, or 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

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills including the communication of technical information, building relationships with users, and 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

Desired Skills:

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

  • Experience Eulerian 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.


PhD in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or related field, or MS plus three years of 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.

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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

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

  • Paid paternal leave

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

  • Fully vested in 401k day one

  • Disability insurance

Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air 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. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

Appointment Type Regular


Minimum Salary 98900

Maximum Salary 165100

Contact Details

Contact Name Montoya, Jessica M


Work Telephone

Req ID: IRC69721

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 a disability accommodation,
email or call (505) 665-4444, option 1.