Computational Fire Modeling Post-Masters Research Associate

Job TitleComputational Fire Modeling Post-Masters Research AssociateLocationLos Alamos, NM, USOrganization NameEES-16/ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES SECURITYMinimum SalaryMaximum Salary
What You Will Do

The fire team in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for multiple post-master researchers with experience in the computational sciences or related fields including but not limited to scientific computing, computational fluid dynamics, or a relevant engineering discipline. The selected candidates will work as part of a team developing novel approaches to simulate, analyze, and communicate fire behavior and effects. Together with fellow researchers, successful candidates will lead the development and application of LANL's QUIC-Fire and HIGRAD/FIRETEC modeling softwares and auxiliaries. Los Alamos National Laboratory solves problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns, and enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Research experience in at least one of the following areas: scientific computing, computer science, data management, software engineering, user-interface design, fire, hydrology, combustion, computational fluid dynamics, or computational engineering.

• Experience with compiled (fortran, C, etc.) and/or interpreted languages (python, Julia, etc.)

• Experience with working on a variety of computational platforms (local systems, log-in systems, cloud computing, etc.) and systems (Mac, Windows, or Linux)

• Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing

• Familiarity with best software development practices, including source code control in a team environment and git usage

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Education/Experience: A Master's degree in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, computational science, or related STEM discipline. Conferred within the past three (3) years, or all degree requirements completed by commencement of the appointment and not yet accepted into another master's program or PhD program.

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience with both compiled (fortran, C, etc.) and interpreted languages (python, R, etc.)

• Experience working in an interdisciplinary team

• Experience with development of graphical user interfaces

• Experience with the programming, parallelization, and optimizing of numerical software

Work Environment:
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:

Your application package should consist of a resume and a cover letter. Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. Applicants are not expected to meet all desired qualifications. We encourage anyone who meets the minimum requirements to apply. Please address your cover letter to the LANL Fire Science Team and address how your research or insight could be applied as a member of this team. Applications will be reviewed as received. Please submit your application through position will be located physically onsite at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
  • Assist in the development of graphical user interfaces for LANL's fire modeling softwares and auxiliaries
  • Aid software developments to advance capabilities
  • Run simulations and generate results in consultation with team scientists
  • Present team's capabilities to a variety of practitioner venues (conferences, workshops, trainings, etc.)
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 the 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.

*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.
*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.

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.
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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