Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Design Scientist (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do_

X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division members are the scientific stewards of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, applying theoretical and computational physics to the performance and safety of nuclear weapons. XTD scientists also contribute their expertise to the nation’ sforeign threat assessment, counter-proliferation and non-proliferation efforts through assessment of foreign devices, design of tools to address nuclear emergency response scenarios, and creation of solutions to inhibit nuclear proliferation. In addition, XTD scientists drive cutting edge advances in astrophysics, geophysics, high energy density physics, inertial confinement fusion, chemistry, and material science. Members of XTD use multi-physics codes, running on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to create and analyze simulations of very complex systems. We work closely with many other organizations in a diverse variety of tasks, including experimental design and analysis, model development, code validation, and project leadership. The selected candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and capability with large, multi-physics codes.

  • Apply multi-physics codes to solve problems of national security interest, exercising personal initiative to guide your own and others’ efforts.

  • Contribute to one or more of the related tasks: contributing to experimental design and analysis, coordinate with model development efforts, project leadership, data evaluation, and code validation.

  • Contribute leadership skills to team efforts.

  • Contribute to organizational knowledge level by mentoring others.

  • Continue to expand your technical knowledge.

  • Demonstrate generalist capabilities in solving problems.

  • Work with a wide variety of colleagues, teams with varying backgrounds on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems.

  • Demonstrate and maintain excellence in communication, both written and verbal.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A documented history of significant technical contributions in multi-disciplinary science fields such as: Nuclear physics, Plasma Physics, Fluid Dynamics, Astrophysics, Shock Physics, Energetic Materials, Particle Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Science .

  • Significant experience with one or more of these related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation and code validation.

  • Demonstrated technical leadership experience.

  • Demonstrated supervisory and/or mentoring experience.

  • A desire to contribute to issues related to national security.

Desired Skills:

  • Substantial record of publication in peer reviewed journals, invited talks, funded research programs, etc.

  • Experience with large-scale computing.

  • Familiarity with design and analysis of nuclear weapons.

  • Experience in designing, analyzing and/or conducting experiments.

  • Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty and/or risk analysis.


  • BS or MS degree in science from an accredited college or university required.

  • A Ph.D. preferred with postdoctoral work in the following or a related field: Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Material Science.

Work Environment:

  • Domestic/foreign travel.

Notes to Applicants: Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills (save cover letter with job number and name).

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 a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

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.

Maximum Salary: 161300

Minimum Salary: 96600

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Montoya, Jessica M

Organization Name: XTD-DO/X Theoretical Design

Email: jessica_m@lanl.gov

Job Title: Theoretical Design Scientist (Scientist 3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC68845