Postdoctoral Research Associate

What You Will Do

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our multidisciplinary team to conduct research in acoustic investigation of complex structures. The aim of the project is to study the behavior of acoustic waves in complex media with localized and extended non-uniformities and defects. The current areas of interest for the project are modeling and simulation studies of acoustic wave propagation in such media, experimental validation of such simulation results, and development of prototypes and/or deployable systems for diagnostics and monitoring. Specific target applications include non-invasive acoustic measurement of physical properties of fluids inside vessels, the use of nonlinear concepts and/or metamaterials for improved acoustic detection in structures with material and/or geometric complexity, and enhanced localization and classification of defects in extended structures using sensor arrays and machine learning algorithms. The successful candidate will work closely with other experimental and theoretical/computational scientists and engineers at Los Alamos and other academic institutions, as well as on joint projects with industry. There will be ample opportunities to work in a wide range of areas and to innovate.

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:

  • Possess extensive hands-on experience in acoustic research and development
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently
  • A demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation records and letters of reference
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).


Education/Experience: Candidates must have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within the last five years of completion of the PhD, specializing in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in structural health monitoring (SHM), non-destructive evaluation (NDE), and non-invasive testing,
  • Experience in electrical measurements, building of complex experimental setups, and sensor development,
  • Experience in advanced signal processing, including machine learning,
  • Proficiency in software development using Python, MATLAB, and LabVIEW,
  • Experience in modeling & simulation studies using COMSOL,
  • Ability to plan and organize assignments to meet project deliverables.


Work Environment:

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:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet the required skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Invited presentations; Grants; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks and Poster Presentations; contact information for at least 3 referees. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, contact Dr. Alp Findikoglu at findik@lanl.gov .

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.
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

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