Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical and Numerical Particle Transport Methods Scientist 2 or 3 (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

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.

Members of the Computational Physics and Methods Group (CCS-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) develop techniques and scientific software that deliver high-fidelity numerical solutions at scale for important LANL mission areas. The applications include linear and nonlinear neutral particle transport (neutrons, gamma rays, thermal X‐rays), charged particle transport, high-energy density physics, plasma and fluid dynamics, astrophysics, metal casting, welding and additive manufacturing, and climate and ocean modeling. Approximately 45 staff scientists perform this work together with about 15 postdocs and 30 students and university affiliates in a vibrant, innovative, and highly collaborative work environment. CCS-2 actively collaborates with researchers across LANL and with faculty members from various universities.

Scientist 2 ($87,800 - $144,800)

The successful candidate will:

  • Work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Develop computational models that run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.

  • Document work products in written form, e.g. code documentation, memoranda, journal publications.

  • Present work achievements to the team, and when appropriate to the scientific community at technical conferences.

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

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

  • Build and maintain connections and collaborations to partner organization within the Lab, across other NNSA Labs, and our partner universities.

  • Mentor students, postdocs and/or junior staff.

  • Develop new opportunities for funding to self and others.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Minimum Job Requirements for Scientist 2

  • Experience in theoretical and numerical methods for particle transport (neutrons, gamma rays, thermal X-rays, and charged particles)

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills, and a record of record of publications in the transport methods literature

  • Knowledge of numerical analysis and experience in computational algorithm development

  • Experience programming in languages such as C, C++, Fortran 90+ and Python for scientific applications and with modern software engineering practices; must be able to work effectively in a collaborative software development environment

  • Demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in area of expertise

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance (which normally requires U.S. citizenship)

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and provide creative solutions for technically complex problems in the area of particle transport applications

  • Experience with acquiring internal/external funding for self and others

  • Experience with mentoring and training others

  • Experience building effective teams and working with middle and senior management

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with parallel programming models using bulk-synchronous and asynchronous (e.g., MPI, threading) parallelism and modern heterogeneous computing architectures (e.g., GPUs)

  • Experience with modern, task-based parallel programming models

  • Experience in other related science and application areas beyond those mentioned above, e.g., turbulence, plasma physics, thermal hydraulics, radiation health physics, radiation detection, radiation-hydrodynamics, multiphase flow, or materials science

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

  • Active DOE Q clearance

Scientist 2 Education Required:

  • Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, physics, applied mathematics or another related field.

Scientist 3 Education Required:

  • Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, physics, applied mathematics or another related field.

Notes to Applicants:

Applicants must submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a letter of interest detailing how they meet the minimum requirements and the desired skills for their position. Applicants who have recently received their Ph.D. who do not meet 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.

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.

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

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: Computational Physics And Methods (CCS-2)

Job Title: Theoretical and Numerical Particle Transport Methods Scientist 2 or 3 (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC70402