The Eulerian Codes Group, XCP-2, of the Computational Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), is seeking an outstanding postdoc candidate to perform code development in the area of laser ray-tracing in an Eulerian radiation-hydrodynamics code. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with scientists from both LANL and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester, and will spend approximately 75% of their time at LANL and 25% of their time at LLE.
Description: The Eulerian Codes Group (XCP-2) in the Computational Physics (XCP) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral position in code development and modeling related to plasma physics and Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), specifically in the area of laser ray-tracing. XCP-2 supports and develops the xRAGE Radiation-Hydrodynamics Eulerian Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) code, which is widely used to perform simulations of ICF and High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) experiments. The candidate will assist in the development of a three-dimensional laser ray-trace package, intended for use in multiple codes, and will assist in the integration of this package into the xRAGE code. The position will also involve validation of physics models and their implementation in the xRAGE code as applied to the simulation of ICF and HEDP experiments, as well as performing detailed code comparisons. The successful candidate is expected to work in a team environment with experimentalists and computational scientists, implement models and methods in xRAGE, and publish results. The ideal candidate will also have experience in theoretical and computational plasma physics or related disciplines.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.
Solid background in numerical methods and modeling HEDP, or related systems.
Proficiency in a computer language such as Fortran, C/C++, and/or Python.
Strong record of publications commensurate with experience.
Strong oral and written communication skills
Experience with geometric optics and its application to laser ray-tracing.
Experience in modeling HEDP experiments, highly-coupled physics experiments for compressible flows.
Solid background in numerical methods for solving systems of partial differential equations in fluid dynamics, or related fields.
Experience with massively parallel numerical development and simulations
Experience with big data, and evolving numerical algorithms computer codes to future computing architectures
Candidates should have code development experience relevant to computational physics.
Ability to obtain a DOE Q-Clearance
Notes to Applicants: Applicants should submit a CV/Resume and cover letter when applying on-line.
Contact: XCP-2 Group Leader, Chris Werner (505-606-1906)
Internal Number: IRC76336
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.