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Internal Dosimetry Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
 
 
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Date Posted 05/22/2021
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Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

What You Will Do

This posting is for a postdoc in the Internal Dosimetry team within the Radiation Protection Services Group (RP-SVS). We are seeking an exceptional candidate to join us to work in the field of Internal Dosimetry. We study the kinetics of radionuclides – particularly plutonium, americium, uranium, and tritium – inside the human body. We typically rely on very noisy and limited data to make inference on a relatively large set of forward-model parameters. We take a Bayesian approach to this problem, and success depends on accurate forward models (a.k.a. biokinetic models), as well as on a range of informative priors. Much of our research is focused on improving the forward models, refining the priors, and improving the MCMC algorithm for interpreting data. This requires combining knowledge from a wide range of fields, including physics, radiation protection (i.e., health physics), mathematics, statistics, computer science, biology, and medicine. Naturally, true expertise in all of these fields cannot reside in any one person, so we are seeking candidates who are extremely strong in at least one of them, but interested in learning about the others.

For this search, the successful candidate will be expected to perform work involving our new database/research tool which will, among other things, help us evaluate new forward models, priors, and algorithms, as well as to calibrate existing priors. This tool consists of a Java interface which interacts with Oracle data tables. There are a wide range of research projects which could be performed with this tool.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to publish their results to the international community, and to further their career by presenting their work at conferences. They will join a team of scientists which has been extremely prolific with publications in the academic literature. There may be the opportunity to be converted to a full staff member at the conclusion of the postdoc appointment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A PhD within the last five years or soon to be completed

  • Programming knowledge required to develop and maintain a Java connection to the institutional Oracle database

  • Experience with Java or other object-oriented programming languages

  • Excellent publication record

  • Ability to learn about topics outside the candidate’s current area of expertise.

  • Very good written and oral communication skills

  • Strong motivation and ability to work independently

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively in a small team

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with data management systems, SQL, and Oracle server databases

  • Experience with Java or other object-oriented programming languages

  • Substantial knowledge of statistics, particularly Bayesian statistics, involving informative priors and high-background datasets

  • Analysis using Markov Chain Monte Carlo

  • Substantial knowledge, or willingness to learn, about the principles of radiation protection

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a comprehensive cover letter that addresses their qualifications for the position and how their expertise fulfills the key requirements. They should also send a CV, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, and a list of three references (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Dr. John Klumpp, jaklumpp@lanl.gov . For further technical information, please contact Dr. John Klumpp at 610-952-5762.

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.

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)

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

Postdoc

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