Acoustics Graduate Research Assistant

What You Will Do

Join our world class team of Earth Scientists! The National Security Earth Science Group (EES-17) in the Earth and Environmental Science (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking for graduate research assistants in the area of acoustics to join us in our efforts to meet the nation's earth science, environmental science, energy development, and national security challenges. In particular, we are searching for applicants with backgrounds in acoustics research, numerical modeling, machine learning applied to acoustics, and experimental knowledge applicable to acoustics measurements.

As a researcher in our group, you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and will take an active role in theory/algorithm development, experimental design and execution, and numerical modeling. Examples of research topics include, but are not limited to the following:
  • acoustic sensor development­­­­
  • machine learning for acoustic signal processing
  • acoustic modeling for sensor physics and improvements.

This position will involve collecting data in an acoustic laboratory, performing signal processing, and modeling the acoustic response of materials.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Capability in the following areas relevant to EES Division:
  • Familiarity with coding in languages like C/C++, Fortran, Python, Matlab, etc.
  • Experience in any of the areas of numerical modeling, experimentation, and signal processing.
  • Motivation to succeed in an independent work environment and demonstrated effective communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team.

Currently enrolled in or admitted to a relevant graduate degree program.

Must be enrolled in at least 6 semester credit hours or full-time equivalent (with the exception of those working on their thesis/dissertation).

Must currently have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).

Desired Qualifications:

  • A background in acoustics or wave physics.
  • Familiarity with acoustic experiments and data collection.
Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM. All work locations are at the discretion of management.

Note to Applicants:

  • Please include in the application a CV with optional cover letter describing other relevant information.
  • Contact Eric C. Bryant ( for more details about this position.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (PTO and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2. Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.
No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.
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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.
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