Numerical Methods, Differential Equations, and Uncertainty Quantification Postdoc - Military Veterans

at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The T-5 Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group in Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a creative, resourceful, and highly motivated post-doctoral research associate. The successful candidate will develop cutting-edge methods for numerical solution of very large partial differential equation systems, with an emphasis on uncertainty quantification. The fundamental research will involve development of efficient methods for (1) computational solution for predicting the propagation of statistical uncertainty in partial differential equation systems on graphs; and (2) mathematical optimization formulations for optimal control of dynamic systems that account for probabilistic constraints that effectively represent uncertainty. The methods will be applied to the modeling and control of very large-scale natural and engineered network systems. The successful candidate will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team environment and interact with scientists working in numerical methods, applied mathematics, data science, statistical physics, machine learning, optimal control, and power system engineering in different organizations of the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • A PhD in Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Computational Science, or related fields completed within the last four years
  • Proficiency in probabilistic reasoning and uncertainty quantification
  • Ability to conduct independent and collaborative research in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Scientific/numerical programming experience in Julia, C++, Python, Java, or MATLAB

Desired Qualifications:
  • Extensive experience and strong track record in scientific computing and numerical methods for differential equations
  • Experience with optimization software and packages such as ipopt, cplex, gurobi, etc.
  • Experience in solving practical science and engineering problems
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to meet the tight schedules, organize and prioritize tasks for effective achievements of project goals

Note to Applicants:

In addition to applying online, please send a cover letter and CV (including the contact information of three references) to Svetlana Tokareva at

Candidates may be also nominated 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 refer to the Postdoctoral Program page at

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Where You Will Work

The Applied Mathematics & Plasma Physics (T-5) group maintains mathematical, theory, modeling, and simulation capabilities in a broad set of areas. Current activities in the group include nonlinear partial differential equations with many applications; application of recent discoveries in mathematics and physics to the analysis of large data sets; computational neuroscience; computational biology & biophysics, network analysis; plasma physics; software engineering; and algorithm development for scalable scientific computing on novel parallel architectures.

The Advanced Network Science Initiative (ANSI) is a focal point for the Laboratory's optimization, machine learning, and control capabilities. ANSI is collaboration between the LANL Analytics, Intelligence and Technology (A), Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences (CCS), and Theoretical (T) divisions, and the Center for Nonlinear Studies (CNLS), which facilitates interdisciplinary research on nonlinear and complex systems phenomena.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment Status

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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