Geophysics Postdoc

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in geophysics. We seek a creative and resourceful candidate with strong background and interest in fault/fracture characterization and seismic hazard. The successful candidate will utilize and innovate techniques to analyze fault/fracture systems and assess seismic risk, specifically focusing on evaluating induced seismic risk associated with subsurface injection. The term of the appointment is two years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong background in geophysics with research experience in seismic data analysis
  • Proficiency in one or more programing languages
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Good communication skills as evidenced by publications and presentations

Education: A Ph.D. degree in a STEM field related to seismology, geophysics, applied mathematics, computer science, physics, or other related fields. For a postdoctoral appointment the candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within five years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with seismic source characterization and fault characterization
  • Experience with signal processing and machine learning
  • Experience with software development
  • Experience with development or support of research projects and proposals
  • Proficiency in Python and packages related to seismic analysis and machine learning
  • Ability to bring creative solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to plan and organize assignments to meet project deliverable
  • Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which usually requires U.S. 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.

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:

To apply, please submit an online application including your CV and a one-page cover letter. The cover letter should include a short biography (2-3 lines), research interests, and future career goals. You should also explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable.

Please note that no applicant is expected to have all the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

Outstanding candidates may be considered for prestigious fellowships at LANL.

For general information about being a LANL postdoc, visit the Postdoc Program website.
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.

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 1-505-664-6947 option 2 and then option 3.