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Applied Nuclear Theory Postdoc Researcher

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, NM
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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What You Will Do

The T-2 group (Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology) in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory invites applications for one or more postdoctoral positions in theoretical modeling of nuclear reactions and nuclear data evaluations, to begin in the Fall of 2022. Candidates are expected to have obtained a PhD in Physics or closely related field by the beginning of the postdoctoral appointment (within five years of receiving their PhD). This position is for 2+1 years, contingent upon performance and funding.

The applied nuclear theory group has seven staff members. We conduct research on a broad set of topics, including developing phenomenological and microscopic models of nuclear reactions, nuclear data evaluations, nuclear many-body theory, and high performance/quantum computing with applications in basic science (nuclear astrophysics and cosmology), nuclear energy (fusion and fission) and nuclear safety and security. The group also actively engages in collaborations with theorists and experimentalists at LANL and worldwide.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

• Solid theoretical nuclear physics background, either in nuclear structure or nuclear reactions

• Demonstrated ability to write parallel computer programs in modern languages (Fortran90, C/C++ and Python)

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally

Education/Experience: Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics or equivalent

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with microscopic and/or phenomenological models of nuclear reactions, applicable to fission and/or fusion processes
  • Familiarity with density functional theory
  • Reactions of light elements in vacuum and in plasmas
  • Knowledge of CUDA/other GPU programming languages
  • Nuclear data evaluation and uncertainty quantification

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants: Interested applicants should submit their application (CV and research statement) by July 15, 2022, for full consideration. Please have three letters of recommendation sent to .

The successful candidate will:
  • Gain experience in theoretical and computational modeling of nuclear reaction and/or structure physics
  • Publish research in leading scientific journals
  • Develop strong programming skills
  • Work both independently and in a team environment to solve problems in support of Laboratory missions
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 childbirth 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time
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