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LAB-0C0060.Postdoctoral Research Associate
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 04/03/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

This job posting is for 1 (one) postdoctoral position in the Geophysics Group (EES-17). EES-17 performs research and development nonlinear acoustics, seismology, geology and geodynamics. In particular we do theoretical, modeling, and experimental work to improve our capabilities for computing solutions to address challenges in dynamic response of rock material resulting from explosive and hydraulic stresses, earthquake hazards, treaty verification, clean energy development, environmental management, nuclear waste disposal, and resource extraction impacts. The Group is characterized by a balance of basic and applied research, which leads to the development of novel and integrated capabilities that are then utilized to address practical problems for sponsors in multiple offices in DOE, other federal agencies, and a variety of industries.

EES-17 is looking for a creative postdoctoral to join our interdisciplinary team. The successful candidate will take a role in algorithm development and numerical modeling of above ground high explosive detonations with particular emphasis on fluid-structure interaction, shock modeling (both through air and ground media) and seismic wave propagation. Experience with numerical modeling (e.g. finite element, finite difference, discrete elements) for simulating response of metals and geomaterials at various stress regimes is desired. Beyond expertise in damage mechanics, a successful applicant will also have a solid understanding of shock physics, plasticity, and mesoscale behavior in rocks. Candidates should also have significant code development experience and an understanding of computational methods used at the continuum and discontinuum levels (i.e., Combined Finite-Discrete Element Method, Discrete Element Method, Finite Element Method, etc.). This position will require motivation to succeed in an independent work environment and also the communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team. The successful applicant will have an excellent publication record in the field of Computational Mechanics or related areas; the selected person will be expected to conduct research independently, publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present at well-known conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A background in constitutive model formulation, and knowledge of shock physics and fluid dynamics.

  • Prior research experience in one or more of the following: continuum mechanics, damage and fracture mechanics, or continuum and discontinuum scale computational modeling methods

  • Experience with shock wave propagation modeling in fluids and/or solids.

  • Knowledge of mechanical behavior of rocks under extreme loading conditions

  • Proficiency in Fortran, C, C++, or Python

  • Excellent written and communication skills

  • Ability to obtain a Q Clearance which requires US Citizenship

Education/Experience :A PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics, or closely related fields is highly preferred.For a postdoctoral appointmentthe candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within five years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Code development experience

  • Experience with simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems

Note to Applicants:

Regular post-doctoral appointments are for two years and are renewable for a third year.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer. For general information related to the Postdoc Program, salary, and benefits go to: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php . Salary ranges can be found at: https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-salary-guidelines.php .

Where You Will Work

The mission of the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory is to solve complex problems of importance in environment, energy, and national security by using our capabilities in earth and environmental sciences. The division is a highly interactive, well-funded research organization with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and a staff of approximately 240. The core disciplines of EES Division include Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geodynamics, Geography, Hydrology, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science and Geotechnical Engineering. The disciplines are organized into groups within the division, which consist of 30-40 Scientists, with approximately 20 support staff, post-docs, and students. Each group has a variety of scientific programs, on the order of $20-$25M in direct funding. The members of each group are organized into 3 or 4 teams, led by team leaders who support the Group Leader directly.

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)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2-Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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

Appointment Type



Vacancy Name: IRC84572
Organization Name Geophysics
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC84572
Category: Postdoc

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