This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3/4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
The experimental Plasma Physics Group (P-24) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a scientific leader with demonstrated success in developing, leading, and executing research in the field of high-energy-density physics (HEDP), inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and/or discovery plasma science on moderate to large HEDP/ICF facilities. 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, x-ray and nuclear diagnostics. Future initiatives are also expected to include significant effort in pulsed-power driven HEDP and ICF experiments.
Scientist 3 ($96,600-$161,300)
The Scientist 3 will design, lead, and execute experimental projects related to ICF, weapons science, HEDP, and fundamental science in support of NNSA’s Experimental Programs and Laboratory missions. The candidate will participate in multi-disciplinary teams from within LANL and will work with colleagues at both domestic and foreign Laboratories and Universities. The scientist is expected to analyze experimental results and compare them to analytic and computational models. The work will be reported to program customers and documented in peer-reviewed journals. The scientist will mentor and recruit personnel for the group.
Scientist 4 ($116,900-$197,000)
In addition to the job duties, outlined above, the Scientist 4 will:
Be expected to translate weapons programs, ICF programs, and other customer needs into new opportunities for research and development. The Scientist 4 is a recognized technical expert in the field.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements
Demonstrated leadership in successful experimental efforts on large HEDP facilities such as NIF, OMEGA, and Z, or other HEDP facility
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment
Demonstrated ability to tackle difficult and complex scientific problems innovatively and flexibly
Demonstrated capacity for professional development through learning and applying new knowledge and technology
Track record of peer review publications
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively key scientific results to management and sponsors
The position requires the ability to obtain a DOE Q clearance, which normally requires a US citizenship
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 4:
In addition to the minimum requirements outlined above, qualification for the Scientist 4 level also requires the following:
Demonstrated ability to lead, professionally and successfully, diverse and multidisciplinary scientific research teams composed of theorists, computation lists, and experimentalists
Demonstrated success in developing new research projects
Record of active mentoring and training of junior staff
Experience in participation in professional societies, complex interactions, special assignments, and/or external collaborations, has participated in external working groups and/or assists in organizing meetings and colloquia.
Demonstrated success in developing new research efforts in the field of High Energy Density Physics or Weapons Science
Knowledge of the physics and issues of Inertial Confinement Fusion
Knowledge of nuclear physics related to ICF implosion and thermonuclear burn
Knowledge of hydrodynamic instabilities in HED experiments
Experience with nuclear, x-ray, or gamma-ray diagnostics and data analysis techniques relevant to ICF
Familiarity with radiation-hydrodynamics simulation codes
Broad knowledge of the NNSA complex
Knowledge of the nuclear weapons program
Active Q clearance
Education Required: A PhD or equivalent in physics, engineering, or other closely related topic.
Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying on-line, interested candidates should send their inquiries and resume to Thomas Murphy (email@example.com). Contact Ray Leeper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more general information about the team and group.
Internal Number: IRC69173
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.