Computational Earth Science Post Masters Student

What You Will Do:

The ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES SECURITY group (EES-16) in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division ( at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an opening for a creative and resourceful post MS student with background in hydrogeology, subsurface flow and transport modeling, mechanical engineering, physics, or applied math. The successful candidate will apply and develop tools to aid in data assimilation for a large CO2 sequestration project in Wyoming. Additional opportunities may include groundwater flow and transport modeling to support experiments related to radioactive waste disposition. Data collection and analysis will require collaboration with both University and Industry partners, and will be influenced by requirements laid out by the EPA in their oversight role for Class VI CO2 injection wells.

The successful applicant will participate in creating and presenting research at technical conferences and program meetings and in the development of internal technical reports and manuscripts for submission to high-impact journals.

The starting date for the initial appointment is June 2024. Post MS positions are for one year with the ability to renew for a second year. Options for continuing work with the laboratory can be pursued after the initial appointment, but is not guaranteed and depends on future funding situations in addition to candidate performance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong organizational skills to synthesize data from multiple sources.
  • Excellent communication, writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Have a theoretical understanding of processes related to gas flow and transport in fractured rock and porous media.
  • Fluency in one or more programming languages such as Python, C++ or FORTRAN.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively and independently in collaboration with large interdisciplinary and diverse research teams.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience visualizing model output with Para View, Visit, or other dynamic visualization software.
  • Experience with Linux operating systems.
  • Experience in application of numerical models of fluid flow and transport in fractured rock and porous media.
  • Experience with machine learning methods.
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires US citizenship.

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.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

For further information, refer to internships/graduate/index.php. LANL offers an excellent working environment and competitive compensation and benefits package.

Additional information about this position can be obtained by contacting Michelle Bourret (, +1 505 667 2165) and Philip Stauffer (, +1 505 665 4638).

For full consideration, applicants must submit a two page or less comprehensive cover letter, which addresses the key requirements of the position along with their CV and current transcripts
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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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, 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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