XTD-IDA is the Integrated Design and Assessment group in the X-Theoretical Design division at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). XTD-IDA's needs drive the development of numerical methods and physics capabilities of LANL's large integrated multi-physics codes.
XTD-IDA is offering a postdoctoral position designing and assessing radiation-flow experiments in the High Energy-Density Physics regime. LANL conducts radiation flow experiments at three off-site facilities: the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Z Pulsed Power Facility at Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), and the Omega Laser Facility at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester. The purpose of the experiments is to gain insight into radiation transport in various regimes, validate LANL's integrated multi-physics codes with data, and answer physics questions of interest. Related activities include the design, simulation, and fielding of backlighters, hohlraums, and diagnostics.
The successful candidate will analyze past experiments, design and provide pre-shot predictions for new experiments, and design improved diagnostics. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with LANL physicists, experimentalists, target fabrication, numerical methods experts, and software engineers, as well as with scientists at other laboratories and universities. The position predominantly will involve using LANL's large-scale multiphysics simulation codes on the Department of Energy's supercomputers (massively parallel; advanced architectures) at LANL and LLNL.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Required skills: Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally, interpersonally and to large audiences. A penchant for publishing at all levels ranging from open archival journals to presentations to laboratory reports and memoranda. Ability to provide experimental design leadership while effectively collaborating across the spectrum of scientists, engineers, managers, administrators, and laboratories/universities. Knowledge of, or ability to learn, the UNIX/Linux operating system, scripting languages such as python, and open-source and commercial scientific tools. Knowledge of materials and material properties, such as opacities and equations-of-state. Working knowledge of numerical methods and computational physics. Ability and willingness to obtain a Q-clearance. 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.
Desired Skills: Expertise in numerical methods, methods analysis, computational physics and software; some code development in support of High Energy Density Physics experiments is possible. Experience leading or supporting experiments.
Education: PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Nuclear Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field such as Chemistry or Material Science completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.
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 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.
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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.