Scientist in Applied Mathematics and Meshing Methods (Scientist 2) | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Scientist in Applied Mathematics and Meshing Methods (Scientist 2)

What You Will Do

The Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group isseeking a qualified candidate to hire as R&D Scientist 2 on its AppliedMath and Numerical Methods Research Team. The scientist will initially work primarilyon conservative multi-material remapping, interface reconstruction andsmoothing algorithms on parallel unstructured meshes and particle swarmsapplied to Arbitrary-Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) simulations at scale. This includeswork on a variety of software projects including, Portage ( The successful candidate is expected to expand their own independent researchprogram as they develop in their career.

Thecandidate is expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment withsubstantial collaborative research. Thisincludes recruiting and mentoring students and postdocs and contributing toresearch proposals. The successfulcandidate is expected to publish in peer reviewed journals, present theirresearch at conferences and workshops, and contribute to software repositories.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Proven publication record in one or more of the following areas: applied mathematics, computational geometry, or scientific computing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on complex software projects including software with distributed or shared parallelism
  • Experience with modern software engineering practices including version control, build systems, and regression testing
  • Demonstrated experience with numerical methods for unstructured polyhedral meshes
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary scientific environment
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written skills through a record of publications and presentations

Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field. One or more years of research experience post Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with multi-material ALE simulations
  • Experience in particle based methods for 3D simulations
  • Experience with conservative remapping
  • Programming experience with C++
  • GPU programming experience
  • Experience in mentoring graduate students or postdocs
  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q Clearance

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 1 year.

Note to Applicants:
  • Contact Wesley Even ( or Melanie Vigil ( ) for more details about this position
  • For full consideration please apply by April 1st, 2022
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.

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