The P-24 Plasma Physics group in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a postdoctoral research associate in the field of plasma physics to conduct experimental research in intense radiation sources, magneto-inertial fusion (MIF), laboratory astrophysics, and basic plasma science.
The successful applicant will be expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced small team environment to conduct research on the formation, translation, and shock heating of Field-Reversed Configuration plasmoids (FRCs), kinetic shock physics, and radiation physics. They will participate in an extensive rebuild/upgrade of the LANL MSX facility, which presents the opportunity to gain broad experience in many areas including: designing and building ~100 kV pulsed power systems with nanosecond timing; fielding a variety of sophisticated and novel plasma diagnostics (e.g., x-ray and neutron spectroscopy, high-speed optical magnetic measurement, Thomson scattering, holographic interferometry, etc.); involving working with pulsed lasers, streak cameras, and other high-speed optical detectors; designing and building control and data acquisition, vacuum systems, and other experimental infrastructure. They will have the opportunity to conduct research leading to high-impact scientific papers, to present at top plasma-physics conferences, and to build their credentials for an academic, national laboratory, or entrepreneurial career as a follow-on to this position.
There may also be opportunities to collaborate with other ongoing efforts at LANL, such as HEDP experiments on the national user facilities and various other projects supporting national security applications.
*This work is supported by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.
**P-24 is a world leader in high-energy-density (HED) plasma physics, inertial-confinement fusion (ICF), and MIF, and conducts an exciting program of research in support of national-security and plasma/fusion-science programs at local experimental and national user facilities, e.g., the Magnetized Shock Experiment (MSX) and the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at LANL, the Omega facility at the University of Rochester, the Z facility at Sandia National Laboratories, and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Livermore National Laboratory.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Demonstrated ability to carry out independent and collaborative research with significant hands-on research experience in laboratory plasma-physics
Demonstrated ability to communicate both technically and interpersonally both orally and in writing
Experience with building and/or operating plasma diagnostics
Experience with operating/maintaining high-voltage-pulsed-power systems and electronic circuits
Experience with experimental infrastructure such as data-acquisition and control systems, vacuum systems, mechanical construction and operation of laboratory hardware
Experience with data analysis using software tools such as Python, gnuplot, MATLAB, IDL etc.
Familiarity with approaches and challenges of controlled fusion
While not required, candidates capable of obtaining a DOE Q-clearance is a plus (which typically requires US citizenship).
Education: A Ph.D. in experimental physics or closely related discipline, earned within the last five years.
Notes to Applicants:
In addition to applying online, interested candidates should send their inquiries, cover letter, CV including list of peer-reviewed publications and invited talks, and the names and contact information of three references to Thomas Weber (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The cover letter should address the minimum job requirements and desired skills of this position, point by point, with specific examples from your academic and research experience.
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.
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.
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.
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 diverse workforce enjoys a collegial work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone’s opinions and ideas are valued. We are committed to work-life balance, as well as both personal and professional growth. We consider our creative and dedicated scientific professionals to be our greatest assets, and we take ride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their successes. We provide mentoring to help new staff build a solid technical and professional foundation, and to smoothly integrate into the culture of LANL.
Full and part time Post Docs are eligible for Compensation Benefits, Competitive salaries, Choice of comprehensive health care plans, to include Medical, Dental..., Vision, Paid sick, holiday, and vacation time, Option of participating in Life, Dependent Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurances, 401k (100% match up to 6% + kicker), Fully vested in 401k on day one, Multiple options for work schedule, Exercise facility free for staff use.
Los Alamos, New Mexico enjoys excellent weather, clean air, and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking & biking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of rugged canyons and mesas as well as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.