Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Electromagnetic Sciences and Cognitive Space Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory has an opportunity for an applicant in lightning physics research. The successful candidate will work to support our on-going Three-Dimensional Broadband RF Interferometric Mapping and Polarization (BIMAP-3D) studies of lightning physics, based on physics understandings of lightning RF-production mechanism. The candidate should have solid foundation on the relevant physics and mathematics and are desired to be experienced with RF interferometry techniques.

Postdoctoral candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed. Appointments are for two years, renewable for a third year.

LANL offers a stimulating environment of diverse, world-class science, in a beautiful mountain setting, where scientists pursue research to solve problems of national significance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • A background in a relevant branch of physics (e.g., lightning physics, particle or radio astronomy, plasma physics), electrical engineering (RF engineering, advanced data acquisition techniques, interferometric signal processing), or a closely related discipline
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills to support various communication platforms
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Willingness to expand into new fields
  • Ability to work independently, with creativity and initiative

Education: Postdoctoral candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed. Ph.D. must be in physics or related fields.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with development and deployment of RF systems
  • Experience with advanced signal processing, numerical simulation, and statistical analysis skills
  • Familiarity with high-energy particle transport in atmosphere
Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

Note to Applicants:

Interested applicants are required to apply online and upload a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must address the candidate experience and how it applies to the opening.

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.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php
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 (PTO 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. 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.Employment StatusFull Time

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Continue the Mission with Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the world’s most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. We focus on strategic science initiatives to uphold national security and ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile along with other defense and research-oriented programs.

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