Optimization and Infrastructure Post-Master's Researchers

What You Will Do

This position is part of LANL's Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI) team. ANSI performs basic and applied research focused on modeling and understanding the nation's critical infrastructures, such as electric power and natural gas. Our expertise covers statistics, stochastic methods, machine learning, control theory, dynamical systems, discrete and continuous optimization, statistical physics, and graphical modeling. We ensure the scientific and technological validity of our approaches by working closely with physicists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and economists through interdisciplinary collaborations. Our work typically requires close collaborations within and outside the Laboratory. More details on ANSI can be found at https://lanl-ansi.github.io/

Candidates will have an opportunity to collaborate with DOE Offices of Electricity and Science, ARPA-E, DHS, DOD, national laboratories, and universities, where their work can make an impact on problems of national and global importance. Programs and projects include control and optimization of networks under uncertainty, analysis of extreme events, design of resilient networks, modeling of interdependent networks, machine learning for infrastructure systems, and fundamentals of optimization and machine learning methods. Selected candidates will work with the team to conduct novel research in the areas listed above and will publish the results in peer-reviewed journals.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: machine learning, optimization, control theory, computational science, or applied mathematics.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary scientific environment
  • Programming experience; for example: Java, C++, Python, MATLAB, or Julia

Desired Qualifications:

Technical Knowledge:
  • Experience in developing fundamental approaches that can be applied to practical science and engineering problems, especially in the context of infrastructure networks
  • Mathematical modeling experience with AMPL, GAMS, JuMP, or Pyomo
  • Experience with commercial and open-source solvers (CPLEX, Gurobi, IPOPT, etc.)

Technical Communication:

Written and oral technical communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed dissertation, thesis, journal publications and/or presentations at professional conferences.


Experience working as a productive member of a team, including the demonstrated ability to develop solutions for complex problems while effectively networking with peers.


Completion of a Master's Degree in a STEM field within the past 2 years or expected completion within the current academic year.

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.

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 1 year.

Note to Applicants:

Inquiries should be sent to ansi-info@lanl.gov. When applying on-line, please include the following files with your application: a CV (please include month/year of PhD) and a detailed cover letter describing the candidate's interest in working with the ANSI, mentor(s) the candidate is interested in collaborating with, and how they satisfy the requirements for the position.

Fellowship Opportunities: Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship, CNLS Fellowship, or Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellowship.

Post-masters positions are for 1 year, with a potential for a renewal for a 2nd year.

Starting yearly salary for a post-master's researcher is $82,119.

For general information go to the websites for the Student Program (https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/student-internships/index.php) or ANSI (https://lanl-ansi.github.io/ )
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.

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.
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