Los Alamos National Laboratory Senior Physicist (Scientist 4) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and use of large, multi-physics codes.

  • Apply codes to solve problems of national security interest, exercising personal initiative to guide your own and others’ efforts.

  • Contribute to one or more of the related tasks: leading experimental design and analysis, coordinate with model development efforts, project and/or program leadership, data evaluation, and code validation.

  • Demonstrate leadership through teaming efforts.

  • Contribute to organizational knowledge level by mentoring others.

  • Continue to expand your technical knowledge.

  • Develop/demonstrate generalist capabilities in solving problems.

  • Work with a wide variety of colleagues with varying backgrounds across the laboratory on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems.

  • Demonstrate and maintain excellence in communication, both written and verbal.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A minimum of a BS degree in science from an accredited college or university required. A Ph.D. preferred with postdoctoral work in the following or a related field:

  • Physics

  • Engineering

  • Applied Mathematics

  • Material Science

  • A BS or MS will be considered if there is significant demonstrated experience in the field of nuclear weapons.

  • Experience with large-scale computing

  • Familiarity with design and analysis of nuclear weapons

  • Experience in designing, analyzing and/or conducting experiments

  • Demonstrated supervisory or mentoring experience

  • Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty and/or risk analysis

  • Demonstrated technical leadership experience

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in addressing issues related to national security

  • A documented history of technical contributions to one or more of the following fields:

  • Nuclear physics

  • Plasma physics

  • Fluid dynamics

  • Astrophysics

  • Shock physics

  • Energetic materials

  • Particle physics

  • Materials science

Work Environment:Working alone; Domestic/foreign travel

Notes to Applicants:Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name).

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q(Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected 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.

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.

Regular position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

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 regards 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory is responsible for the safety, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and for a wide variety of national security related research. In addition to its core missions, Los Alamos is world-renowned for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including chemistry, materials science, space science, geophysics, energy technologies, experimental, computational and theoretical physics, supercomputing, biosciences, nanotechnologies, and engineering technologies.

X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division members are the scientific stewards of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, applying theoretical and computational physics to the performance and safety of nuclear weapons. XTD scientists also contribute their expertise to the nation’s non-proliferation efforts by the assessment of proliferate and foreign devices. In addition, XTD scientists drive cutting edge advances in astrophysics, geophysics, high energy density physics, inertial confinement fusion, chemistry, and material science. Members of XTD use multi-physics codes, running on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to create and analyze simulations of very complex systems. We work closely with many other organizations in a diverse variety of tasks, including experimental design and analysis, model development, code validation, and project leadership.

Maximum Salary: 188900

Minimum Salary: 112100

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-667-1889

Contact Name: Woodruff, Lucas James

Organization Name: XTD-DO/ X Theoretical Design

Email: lwoodruff@lanl.gov

Job Title: Senior Physicist (Scientist 4)

Appointment Type: Regular