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Outer Heliosphere Science Postdoc

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

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What You Will Do

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) seeks candidates for postdoctoral positions in numerical modeling and theoretical analysis of outer heliospheric physics. LANL leads ongoing IBEX-Hi instrument on Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission and actively develops new instruments for Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP). The laboratory is currently developing innovative statistical imaging methods, data analysis tools and numerical models to understand the energetic neutral atom (ENA) observations by IBEX and outer heliospheric processes.

The successful applicants will work on a newly selected internal project on theories and numerical modeling of the outer heliosphere processes. They will interact and collaborate with a team that consists of experts on heliospheric science and ENA data, theoretical and computational plasma physics, and statistical and data science.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements: Experience in theories and numerical simulations of space and heliospheric physics or relevant fields.

Education/Experience: PhD in related fields completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications: Candidates with background in theoretical and numerical studies of space and heliospheric physics.

Location: This position will be physically 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: The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third year extension. Candidates should send their applications electronically, including a CV, a publication list, and a concise research statement (within 2 pages) describing past achievements and future plans. Applicants should arrange three reference letters to be sent electronically as well. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Fan Guo (guofan at regarding the expectations of the position, possible research topics, and other questions related to the application. The review of applications will start on Nov. 15th and be on-going until offers are accepted.
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.
No Clearance: 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 Status
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