Detonation Physics Postdoctoral Research Associate | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Detonation Physics Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

The position involves examination of detonation wave propagation across a range of conventional, insensitive, and non-ideal high explosive materials, and includes the study of the science of shock and reaction zone interactions, detonation-confiner interactions, and obtaining data for reactive burn model calibration. The appointed candidate will have access to a large walk-in firing vessel with advanced diagnostic capabilities for high-speed flow characterization, including laser-based diagnostics such as photonic doppler velocimetry, streak and framing cameras, and shadowgraph and Schlieren capabilities. The candidate will be given the opportunity to field experiments using high energy protons as a probe in flash radiography at the Proton Radiography facility at Los Alamos.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Background in experimental science of fluid flows.

• Good verbal and written communication skills.

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field, in the area of fluid dynamics, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in high-speed flow experimentation.
  • Experience in combustion or reacting flows.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US Department of Energy (DoE) Q Clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter addressing their qualifications and how they meet the listed job requirements and qualifications, and contact information for three references. Additionally, please email Eric Anderson at with your CV and cover letter. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The initial appointment will be for a period of two years and will be renewable for a third year contingent upon progress and funding availability. The successful applicant(s) will be also considered for prestigious Director's Funded and named Fellowships at LANL (more information about these can be found at:
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 (paid sick, vacation, 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.

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*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.

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.Employment StatusFull Time