The Plasma Theory and Applications Group (XCP-6) at Los Alamos National Laboratory has a job opening for a postdoctoral position in the theory and kinetic Particle-in-Cell (PIC) modeling of laser-plasma instabilities (LPI) in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density (HED) plasmas. The successful candidate will work with a team of plasma physicists to apply high performance, large-scale, explicit and implicit VPIC simulations and analytic theory to understand the complex, nonlinear dynamics of cross beam energy transfer (CBET) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) in ICF and HED experiments and to aid in the development of predictive nonlinear CBET and SRS models in rad-hydro codes, such as xRAGE. A cover letter addressing how the skills requirements are met along with a CV and contact information for three references should be sent to Lin Yin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A doctoral degree in plasma physics, or a related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed
Demonstrated record of scientific achievements in Plasma Physics (theory, simulation, or code development).
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment
Strong background in theoretical and/or computational kinetic plasma physics
Experience running large-scale, massively parallel codes in a high-performance computing environment
Experience in plasma physics code development
Notes to Applicants: Applicants must apply online, and should submit a CV, and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired requirements for the position. Please save and attach all documents by your last name and the IRC # listed on the job posting.
Internal Number: IRC69188
About Los Alamos National Laboratory
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, environment, 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.