Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Join our world-class team! Now is your chance to make a difference in supporting our national security mission. The XCP-4 (Continuum Models and Numerical Methods) is seeking applicants for a Post Doctoral Research Associate focused on methods and implementationof hydrodynamics algorithms for high-speed, compressible, multi-material flows. XCP-4 is responsible for the design and implementation of a wide variety of physical models including high explosive and turbulence models, and is a leader in the development of numerical methods for hydrodynamics simulations, remap and code linking algorithms, and more.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Modeling and Simulation

You will need to have experience with Lagrangian and/or Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian Methods on general unstructured (polygonal and polyhedral) meshes. You will need a working knowledge of interface reconstruction methods, closure models, and computational geometry.


You must be proficient in a programming language such as Fortran, C/C++, and/or Python.

Scientific Communication and Collaboration

You will need to show that you have the ability to publish research in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings, communicate research to an interdisciplinary audience and work on an interdisciplinary team.


We are looking for someone with a strong sense of curiosity and motivation to learn and apply new technical concepts in novel ways.

Education/Experience: Doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:

3-D Applications

It would be nice if you had experience developing algorithms for 3-D unstructured meshes.

Solid dynamics

It would be a plus if you had experience in solid dynamics modeling.

Code development

It would be great if you had knowledge of code development using MPI for supercomputing applications.

Compressible flows

It would be helpful if you had experience in adaptive methods for compressible flows.

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:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter that addresses the job requirements/qualifications listed above. No applicant is expected to have all the desired qualifications, and anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

For more information about this opportunity please contact Angel Herring at angelah@lanl.gov
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.

Q Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment Status

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. We enhance national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and serve as a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Our leadership and governance, awards and achievements, infrastructure and employees reflect our strong mission focus on national security and contributions to 21st century science.

Los Alamos National Laboratory's mission is to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence.

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