The P-24 Plasma Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking exceptional candidate applications for postdoctoral research in the field of high-energy-density physics (HEDP), inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and discovery plasma science. Los Alamos National Laboratory is a world leader in HEDP, ICF, and basic plasma science, with P-24 conducting a broad-ranging program of research for NNSA/DOE defense and science programs, on large and small scale experimental facilities, including the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the OMEGA laser facility at the University of Rochester, the Texas Petawatt Laser, the Jupiter Laser Facility at LLNL, and other facilities around the world. Current research being conducted in HED, ICF and discovery plasma physics includes implosion physics, hydrodynamics and instabilities, mix and burn, magnetized and turbulent HED plasmas, warm dense matter, radiation transport, laser-plasma interactions, and x-ray and nuclear diagnostics.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in experimental plasma physics or a very closely related discipline, as evidenced by at least one first-author paper submitted to or published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Sound academic training in fundamental plasma physics.
Some research experience in a laboratory plasma-physics environment.
Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.
Familiarity with approaches and challenges of HEDP and ICF
Familiarity with plasma diagnostics, such as imaging, spectroscopy, interferometry, or nuclear measurements.
Experience using laser or pulsed-power driver facilities to conduct ICF or HED experiments.
Willingness to travel to perform experiments and participate in conferences.
Experience with data analysis using software tools such as IDL or Matlab.
Notes to Applicants:
In addition to applying on-line, interested candidates should send their inquiries and resume to Thomas Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) for HED/ICF, Alex Zylstra (email@example.com) for ICF, Heather Johns (firstname.lastname@example.org) for spectroscopy and radiation hydrodynamics, Juan Fernandez (email@example.com) for Relativistic Laser Plasmas and to Kirk Flippo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for HED discovery science and magnetized HED physics.
Contact Ray Leeper (email@example.com) for more general information about the team and group.
Education: A Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics or very closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.
Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.
*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.
Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.
Located in northern New Mexico, 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, enviro...nment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
Our diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL.
Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for Compensation Benefits, Competitive salaries, Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time, Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurances, 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker), Fully vested in 401k on day one, Multiple options for work schedule, Exercise facility free for staff use.
Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.