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5 Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Computational Earth Science
Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

What You Will Do

Are you looking for opportunities to be part of an exceptional multidisciplinary team tackling some of the hardest problems facing our society, nationally and globally? The Computational Earth Science group in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has immediate openings for five (5) postdoctoral research associate positions. Our group spans subsurface flow and transport, surface hydrology, climate, fire, wildfire, and atmospheric transport in support of both national security and environmental applications. We are seeking candidates who can contribute in one or more of these areas. Examples of project areas that a successful candidate will work on are:

  • Computational model development and applications in gas migration in subsurface porous media that include coupled thermal, mechanical, hydrologic, and chemical systems
  • Land surface and numerical modeling to create new representations of Arctic permafrost hydrology as well as trips to Alaska to support the collection of field observations for model improvement
  • Theoretical/computational development of machine learning algorithms and tools and application of physics-informed and unsupervised machine learning for geothermal exploration, oil/gas production, and carbon sequestration
  • Issues related to regional deployment of large-scale Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) projects including, quantification and management of long-term risks; real-time prediction and field management; regional infrastructure
  • Remote sensing and big data analysis in the Earth Sciences and/or energy resource modeling

If you have an interest in these or other areas of research that the Computational Earth Science Group is involved in, we encourage you to apply.

You will contribute to collaborative projects with a focus on shared outcomes, publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and present your work at professional conferences. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Research experience in relevant computational science theory, code development, and/or applications
  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Communication skills as evidenced by publications and oral presentations at conferences

Desired Qualifications:

  • Education in area relevant to Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Experience working with modeling or data analytics
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Experience with high performance computing and/or field work

Note to Applicants:

The application package consists of a CV, a cover letter, and contact information for 2 referees. Your cover letter should address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. Please direct questions regarding the position to Jolante van Wijk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Review of applications will begin immediately. We expect to fill the positions in the fall of 2021 with work starting by early in 2022.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, or J. Robert Oppenheimer. For general information related to the Postdoc Program, salary, and benefits go to: http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php . Salary ranges between $80K-$93K depending on years since degree. Details can be found at:https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-salary-guidelines.php

Vaccination Requirement :

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.

Where You Will Work

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division is the intellectual home of Earth, atmosphere, hydrology, and ecology disciplines at the Laboratory. Fundamental discovery science and mission-focused applications unravel poorly understood processes and support decisions of national importance.

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. 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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type

2021-09-21

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