Experimental Nuclear Physics Postdoc

What You Will Do

The P-3 group in Physics division is looking for one or more postdoctoral researchers to work in the Low Energy Nuclear Physics (LENP) Team on direct measurements of neutron-induced reactions and related efforts. The successful candidate(s) will perform measurements and data analysis at the Los Alamos Neutron Science CEnter (LANSCE) and possibly external facilities. The specific focus of these positions is intended to be experimental work with the Chi-Nu Prompt Fission Neutron Instrument and the CoGNAC dual neutron and gamma-ray detection array, on studies of neutron elastic and inelastic scattering, other nuclear reactions, and studies of the fission outputs and physics; and experimental work with the Device for Indirect Capture Experiments on Radionuclides (DICER), on neutron transmission and capture. The teams are tightly coupled to the LANL nuclear physics theory group as well as modeling and simulation teams in theoretical design, computational physics, and computer and computation sciences divisions. In addition, LENP researchers are active in collaborative work with other institutions, both nationally and internationally. The intense neutron spallation sources at LANSCE are used in much of this work and cover a neutron energy range from sub-thermal to 800 MeV.

A broad range of expertise and background is desired, and training in the specific experimental methods used will be provided. There may be additional opportunities for collaborative work with scientists from other projects, groups or divisions at LANL. Highly qualified applicants will be considered for Director's or Agnew National Security Postdoctoral Fellowships with exceptional candidates being considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Ph.D. in a relevant area of nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear engineering, or related areas to support the current and future experimental physics program.

• Ability to carry out independent and collaborative research.

• Ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

Desired Qualifications:

(We include a broad range of skills, any of which we would request be noted in the cover letter. There is no expectation that a candidate has all, or even more than one of these skills)

• Experience in particle or gamma-ray detector development and/or implementation

• Experience with Monte Carlo based particle/gamma-ray simulation tools

• Experience with detector electronic hardware and/or data acquisition design and development

• Experience with fission physics or models

• Experience with resonance analysis

• Experience with nuclear reaction models

• Experience with neutron detection


A Ph.D. in Physics or a related field completed within the last six years or soon to be completed is required. Exceptions can be made to the six-year time-frame-please inquire if this is relevant.

Note to Applicants:

• Please send any questions for details or information to Matt Devlin, who is co-chairing the search committee.

• In addition to applying on-line, please send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing relevant qualifications, research, and career goals, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Matt Devlin (devlin@lanl.gov).

• Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be

considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer,

Frederick Reines or Harold Agnew Fellowships.

• General information on the LANL Postdoc Program is available.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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.
*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.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Instructions on How to Activate/Create a LANL Jobs Account:

Follow the instructions below if you have ever had an employee Z number, been a contractor, or received Los Alamos Lab insurance coverage to activate your account:

• Select the Click Here button if you have been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage.

• Please enter only your first and last name and current email address (an email with your validation code will be sent to you) to activate the account currently in our system.

• Enter your validation code as described in the email you receive and complete the 3-page registration form. Your account is now active, and you can apply for jobs or save to your basket. Important: Enter the validation code within 15 days to activate your account or your account will be deactivated

Follow the instructions below if you if you have never been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage to create an account:

• Select the Register button if you have never been employed with the Lab or received insurance coverage to Create an Account.

• From here, you will establish an account with username and password

How to Apply: How to Apply: Login to Your Account to Complete the Application Process

• Click the Vacancy Name number (in blue) to view any job's details.

• Click Apply or Add to Basket to apply later. Tip: To apply for a job or save your basket, you must have a LANL jobs account.
If you experience any technical issues, please email applyhelp@lanl.gov for assistance.