Neutrino Physicist (Scientist 3/4) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Neutrino Physicist (Scientist 3/4)

What You Will Do

The Weak Interactions Team in the P-1 Dynamic Imaging and Radiography group of the Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is inviting applicants for a Scientist position in the field of low-energy neutrino physics. The Team has collaborated in the past on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project, the Baksan Experiment on Sterile Transitions (BEST), the Majorana Demonstrator neutrinoless double beta decay experiment, and now on the next generation neutrinoless double beta decay experiment LEGEND (Large Enriched Germanium Experiment for Neutrinoless double beta Decay) and searches for dark matter. We seek a well-rounded applicant who can conduct lab work, analyze data, and communicate the results through talks and publications. The candidate should also be able to articulate the science well to management.

The Physics Division is a diverse group of experimental physicists, engineers, technicians, and students engaged in a range of fundamental and applied research in nuclear physics within and beyond the Standard Model, weapons physics, remote sensing, and fluid dynamics and numerous other topics. We support a diverse program that includes scientists of many nationalities and backgrounds, participation in experiments worldwide, sponsorship of workshops and conferences, unclassified and classified experiments, and analyses. This position will be filled with either a Scientist 3 or 4 level depending on the skills of the candidate. Additional responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 3 ($115,500 - $194,900)
  • Conduct low background, nuclear physics experiments deep underground and in other settings,
  • Work with the team on these efforts and help develop the team's future activities,
  • Perform data analysis, interpretation, and integration of results into internal reports, progress reports to sponsors, or scientific and technical publications in peer-reviewed journals as required to meet group objectives,
  • Have significant responsibility for safety/security envelope for projects, the team, or the group,
  • Write proposals and assist in securing funding,
  • Mentor technicians and research technologists,
  • Be a lead in the development of new projects.

Scientist 4 ($138,700-$240,500)

In addition to the duties outlined above, as a Scientist 4 working in this area you will be expected to contribute to the leadership of the science, help develop and execute the strategic vision for the team. You will be expected to coordinate mentoring of team members more broadly and to provide supervision of team members as needed. You will need to effectively represent the science and team progress and plans to upper management and/or sponsors and customers, and to negotiate program directions with them.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of neutrino physics and particle astrophysics and rare event searches underground.
  • Detailed knowledge and experimental techniques used in these fields.
  • Ability to analyze complex data sets. Record of successful collaboration with other scientists from other institutions.
  • Experience in the safe operation of complicated experimental apparatus.
  • Strong scientific research credentials as demonstrated by a record, appropriate for experience level, of peer-reviewed conference or journal publications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for experimental activities.

Additional Requirements for Scientist 4
  • A strong national reputation in neutrino physics or related field.
  • Ability to lead the development of research in a new field or develop a new experimental capability.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with people from other teams, groups, divisions, and programs to create effective technical collaborations.
  • Experience preparing technical proposals for both internal and external funding opportunities.
  • Experience mentoring students, postdocs, and junior scientists in their scientific work and career development.

Education/Experience for Scientist 3: Requires a minimum of a Master's degree in nuclear, particle physics, astrophysics, or related field and 6 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. is preferred.

Education/Experience for Scientist 4: Requires a minimum of a Master's degree in nuclear, particle physics, astrophysics, or related field and 12 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with complex Monte Carlo simulation methods used in low-energy neutrino physics and particle astrophysics.
  • Experience with detector design and development.
  • Knowledge of data acquisition systems.
  • Knowledge of cryogenic systems. Knowledge of experimental operations in clean environments.
  • General knowledge of a broad range of the physics and research efforts at the intersection of nuclear physics, atomic physics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.
  • PhD in nuclear, particle physics, astrophysics, or related field is highly desired.
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

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.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is a 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses individually each of the required and desired skills of the position.
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

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No Clearance: 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.
Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time