Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Graduate Students

What You Will Do

We are looking for candidates to join our team in Los Alamos National Laboratory's Theoretical Division (T-Division). T-Division provides a unique and engaging environment that fosters multi-disciplinary collaborations to support the laboratory's strategic basic research and national security missions. The Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics (T-5) group within T-Division conducts research across a wide variety of topics including fusion science, space plasma science, numerical analysis, computational imaging, optimization, environmental sciences, and the modeling of critical infrastructure (gas pipelines and electrical grids). These application areas are tied together by research in novel algorithms, numerical methods, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

The Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group is seeking qualified candidates to hire as graduate students to work within our research teams. This is an educational opportunity for the selected candidate to contribute to cutting-edge scientific research and to expand their skill set. This position is open to students who will be actively enrolled in a graduate program throughout the appointment. Summer positions are also open to graduating undergraduates who have been accepted to graduate programs in Spring of 2024. Selected students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 on their graduate work. Most students participate in the program for a 10-12 week period over the summer. However, applications are open for students to participate in spring and fall semester or year-round. Selected candidates will be paired with a mentoring team and will work closely with one of the scientific teams within T-5.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Enrollment in a Master's or Doctoral Degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or closely related field
  • A minimum 3.2 out of 4.0 cumulative GPA on graduate course work
  • Ability to work within a collaborative team environment
  • Desire to learn new things and openness to work on different projects

Education/Experience: Current enrollment graduate degree in applied mathematics, engineering, physics, or a related field

Desired Qualifications:
  • Ability to independently learn the usage of scientific software packages and how to perform analytical calculations
  • Experience in one or more of the following topical areas:

o Applied Scientific Computing Research

o Numerical analysis

o Algorithm development

o Linear and nonlinear partial differential equations

o Scientific and Computational Imaging

o Network analysis, optimization, and control

o Critical Infrastructure

o Integrated plasma simulation

o Theoretical modeling applied to magnetic fusion

o Inertial confinement fusion

o Astrophysical and space plasmas

o Dense, strongly coupled and quantum plasma

o Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning

Work Environment:

Work Location: The work location for this position is onsite and located in Los Alamos, NM

Note to Applicants:

Include a CV with contact for 2 references and a one-page cover letter highlighting your qualifications and research interests. In your letter please clearly highlight one to three of the topical areas listed above in which you are interested in conducting research.
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 maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)
Additional Details
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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.

No Clearance: Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

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