Hydrogeology Postdoc

What You Will Do

The ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES SECURITY group (EES-16) within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding post-doctoral candidates for an opening in hydrogeology. The position will focus on using numerical simulations in combination with laboratory and field data to better understand subsurface systems involving gas transport from underground nuclear explosions. The successful applicant will have a background in subsurface flow and transport simulations with expertise in some or all of the following: (i) computational physics model development, (ii) reactive transport, (iii) fracture/matrix interactions and/or (iv) multiphase flow simulations with a focus on gas phase transport. This position will require motivation to achieve in an independent work environment and the communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team. The successful applicant will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their work at national and international conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


  • PhD in a STEM field, with a background in Computational Physics or Applied Mathematics
  • Experience in computational subsurface flow and transport modeling
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following programming languages: Fortran, C, or C++
  • Code development experience including use of version control (git, bitbucket)
  • Outstanding track record of peer-reviewed publications
  • Excellent written and communication skills as demonstrated by a record of peer-reviewed publications and oral presentations at conferences and meetings
  • A DOE Q clearance is required for this position


Education: A Ph.D. in a STEM field is required. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in Discrete Fracture network modeling
  • Experience with Python
  • Model and data visualization using tools such as Petrel, EarthVision, ParaView or Visit

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 https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Note to Applicants:

Initial postdoc appointments are for two years and are renewable for a third year. Outstanding candidates may be eligible for a LANL Director's Fellowship or a Distinguished Fellowship (see http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career- options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-appointment-types.php).

Application: Applicants should submit CV and cover letter outlining their experience and background as it relates to the minimum job requirements and desired skills to the Los Alamos National Laboratory HR at https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/jobs/index.php. Please contact Dr. Phil Stauffer (stauffer@lanl.gov) for questions related to this position.
Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, 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.

Q Clearance: Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

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