Fire Science Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

Are you interested in solving challenges related to wildland fire through the application of numerical modeling? The fire modeling team in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for multiple postdoctoral researchers with experience in the fire sciences or related fields including but not limited to forestry, scientific computing, computational fluid dynamics, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, ecology, or a relevant engineering discipline. Successful candidates will work as part of a team developing novel approaches to capturing, evaluating, and quantifying fire behavior, its interactions with its surroundings, and effects. Together with fellow postdocs and researchers, selected candidates will lead the development and application of LANL's HIGRAD/FIRETEC and QUIC-Fire fire modeling software. 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, forestry, atmospheric processes, fire, smoke, hydrology, combustion, environmental science, plant physiology, ecosystem dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, or ecology.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others and work successfully in a team environment.

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, computational science, or related STEM discipline, conferred within the past five (5) years, or all Ph.D. requirements completed by commencement of the appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with fire behavior modeling or fire effects modeling
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team
  • Novel ideas for approaches to current challenges in the fire sciences
  • Experience with modeling and analysis of earth system processes
  • Experience with the programming, parallelization, and optimizing of numerical software

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.

Salary: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. Starting salary for a new graduate is currently $94,500. For more information go to Postdoc Program website at .

Note to Applicants:

Your application package should consist of a CV 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

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):
  • Conduct novel fire research using LANL's fire modeling softwares and auxiliaries
  • Conduct software developments to advance capabilities
  • Participate in field opportunities when and where appropriate with research
  • Present research to a variety of research forums (conferences, workshops, trainings, etc.)
Where You Will Work

This position will report physically onsite at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. 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.

The Energy & Natural Resources Security group, EES-16, comprises approximately 100 scientists, research technologists, postdocs, students, and scientific guests. The Group combines basic and applied research to develop novel and integrated approaches in support of LANL missions in National Security, Energy Security, and fundamental earth system science. Our work includes the development and implementation of novel computational methods; subsurface flow, fracture, and transport numerical modeling; energy- and environmental infrastructure studies; climate change resilience, hydrology and ecology studies; natural hazard analysis; wildfire analysis and modeling; and fossil energy and energy transition initiatives. Our main sponsors are Department of Energy, Intelligence Agencies, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of State, Forest Service, Department of Defense, Industry, and NASA.

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.

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, 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.