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Computational Physics and Methods Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in
Date Posted 10/05/2020
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The Computational Physics and Methods Group CCS-2 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking to fill this position with a postdoctoral research associate. CCS-2 staff develop techniques and scientific software that deliver high-fidelity numerical solutions at scale for important LANL mission areas. The applications that CCS-2 scientists target include linear and nonlinear neutral particle transport (neutrons, gamma rays, thermal X-rays), charged particle transport, high-energy density physics, plasma and fluid dynamics, astrophysics, metalcasting, welding and additive manufacturing, and climate and ocean modeling. Our group consists of approximately 45 staff scientists, about 15 postdocs, 30 students, and numerous university affiliates. We strive for a vibrant, innovative, diverse, inclusive, and highly collaborative work environment. CCS-2 actively collaborates with researchers across LANL, at other national laboratories, in industry, and with faculty members at various universities.

This specific opening is for a new project (starting Oct, 2020) focused on developing high fidelity simulation tools for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and High Energy Density (HED) physics. The successful applicant will be part of a team that is developing new mathematical algorithms and techniques for coupled multiscale multi-physics simulations of kinetic plasmas, radiation, electromagnetic effects, and nonlinear laser plasma interactions.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of these dates, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher level, e.g. PhD + 0: $75,500; PhD + 1: $77,400, etc. For more information go to .

The successful candidate will:

  • Work as an integral member of a multidisciplinary team that is developing multi-physics simulation codes for ICF and HED physics.

  • Develop computational models that run at scale on the latest high-performance computers.

  • Document work products in written form, e.g. code documentation, memoranda, journal publications.

  • Present work achievements to the team and management, sponsors, and when appropriate to the scientific community at technical conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with numerical algorithms in one or more of the following areas: linear algebra, nonlinear and linear solvers, time integration, multi-physics and multiscale coupling.

  • Programming experience with C, C++, or Fortran for scientific applications.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated initiative for continuous learning and development in the area of expertise.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with parallel programming and modern heterogeneous computing architectures (e.g. MPI, GPU programming, threading).

  • Experience working effectively in a collaborative software development environment with tools such as version control systems (e.g. git, mercurial).

  • Experience developing large-scale multi-physics simulation frameworks.


Ph.D. in applied mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or another related field completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Note to Applicants:

To be considered for this opening your application must include the following:

  • Letter of interest detailing how you meet the job requirements and the desired skills for this position.

  • Full CV with contact information for three references.

Additional Details

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

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.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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Vacancy Name: IRC82243
Organization Name Computational Physics And Methods
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