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Los Alamos National Laboratory Seismic Imaging Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Seismoacoustics Team of the Geophysics Group (EES-17) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for exceptional postdoctoral candidates with strong technical backgrounds in seismic imaging and waveform inversion. The Seismoacoustics Team primarily researches global explosion monitoring for national security purposes.The successful candidate will develop novel algorithms forlocal, regional, and global scaleseismic imaging and inversion with applications to national security. Research topics for this position are not limited but may include:

  • Attenuation, scattering and amplitude modeling

  • Full waveform inversion

  • Travel-time tomography

  • Joint inversion (body and surface waves, amplitudes, gravity, receiver functions)

The LANL Seismoacoustics Team is dedicated to being a leader in the field of explosion monitoring. The Team researches topics using multiple computational techniques, machine learning, high performance computing, data analytics, multi-physics datasets, and physics-based modeling of the explosion sources. The Seismoacoustics Team is looking for exceptional candidates who have a proven track record of excellent scientific research and publishing.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong background in seismic modeling, imaging, and inversion

  • Proficiency in programming using C/C++, Fortran, and/or Python

  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence and achievement as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Demonstrated experience working on multi-personnel projects.

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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven experience giving oral presentations at leading academic conferences or symposiums.

  • Proven experience in big-data processing and analyses.

  • Demonstrated experience of developing or supporting research projects and proposals.

  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively and independently, as well as in a team environment

  • Ability to plan and organize assignments to meet project deliverables

  • Experience in parallel computing using MPI/OpenMP/GPU


A Ph.D. in a field related to our Team’s challenges, including seismology, geophysics, applied mathematics, computer science, and physics. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within five years of completion of the Ph.D.

Candidates with previous postdoctoral experience are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed almost immediately and candidates of interest will be notified with a very short turnaround.

Note to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an online application including your CV and a one-page cover letter. The cover letter should include a short biography (2–3 lines), research interests, and future career goals. Research interests should be aligned with the Team’s research scope. Please contact Team Leader Michael Cleveland ( mcleveland@lanl.gov ) with questions about the Team. For general information about being a LANL postdoc, visit the Postdoc Program website.

Additional Details

Q Clearance: 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.

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.

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.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is a multi-program research organization with core capabilities in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geomaterials, geography, hydrology, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, acoustics, atmospheric science, ecology, environmental science, computational science, and geotechnical engineering. Cross-cutting capabilities and facilities span the needs for laboratory experimentation, field deployments, computing, and data analytics. Capabilities in the Division are organized into groups, which consist of scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, administrators, and students. Most programs within the Division feature multi-discipline teams organized to solve complex problems of national importance.

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Vacancy Name: IRC79434
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