Relativistic Laser-Matter Interaction Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, NM
Closing date
Oct 9, 2022

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Vacancy Name: IRC113586

Organization Name P-4/Thermonuclear Plasma Physics

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**_What Will You Do_**

The P-4 Plasma Physics group in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct experimental research in intense, relativistic laser interaction with matter. P-4 is a world leader in high-energy-density (HED) plasma physics and inertial-confinement fusion (ICF), and conducts an exciting program of research in support of national-security and plasma/fusion-science programs at national facilities.

The project you will join will adhere to an aggressive, milestone-driven schedule. It is expected that the successful candidate will travel to various laser facilities within U.S. to conduct experiments. You will have the opportunity to conduct research leading to high-impact research papers, to present at top plasma-physics conferences, and to build your credentials for a successful career.

**_What You Need_**

**Minimum Job Requirements:**

+ Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research in experimental relativistic laser-matter interaction or a closely related discipline, as evidenced by at least one first-author paper submitted to or published in a peer-reviewed journal.

+ Sound academic training in fundamental laser-matter interaction physics.

+ Significant hands-on research experience in a laboratory laser-matter physics environment.

+ Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing.

**Education:** A Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics or very closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.

**Desired Qualifications:**

+ Experience with maintaining/operating data-acquisition systems.

+ Experience with mechanical construction of laboratory hardware, etc.

+ Experience with data analysis using software tools such as Matlab or Python.

+ Familiarity with kinetic particle-in-cell simulations.

**_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:**

In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, cover letter, CV including a list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Sasi Palaniyappan ( )

To receive full consideration, please ensure that your application package provides all of the information requested above.

Evaluation of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Darleane Christian Hoffman, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information to the Postdoc Program go to

**_Where You Will Work_**

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

**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 Full Time

Appointment Type Postdoc


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**Req ID:** IRC113586
**Category:** Postdoc

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