What You Will Do
Postdocs in the CTA specialize in applying cutting-edge high-performance multi-physics simulations and data analysis to solve critical problems across a wide variety of astrophysics subjects. These areas include supernovae and kilonovae explosion mechanisms and transients, stellar evolution, gamma-ray bursts, accretion, stellar evolution, and cosmology. The CTA works with LANL and external collaborators to tie these simulations with ground and satellite-based missions including HAWC, NuSTAR, Swift, LIGO, HET, Raptor, and ZTF. We are also involved in a number of new satellite proposals. Together the CTA strives to apply the computational innovations from astrophysics to other laboratory programs including The Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, Office of Experimental Sciences, and Global Security.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Education: Completion of a PhD in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Engineering, or related field within the last five years or expected completion within the current academic year.
Knowledge and experience in developing, applying, or analyzing numerical simulations to advance the understanding of astrophysics. For example, this may include expertise in one or more of the following areas: hydrodynamics, radiation transport, reaction networks, numerical relativity, atomic/molecular physics, nuclear physics, plasma physics, data analysis, or machine learning. Additionally, successful applicants will have experience with compiled or interpreted programming languages, for example: C, C++, Fortran, and/or Python.
Technical Communication :
Written and oral technical communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations at professional conferences.
High Performance Computing:
Experience in working in a high-performance computing environment. This includes familiarity with running, developing, or post-processing simulations and data on large systems or experience in programing for GPUs and multi-core systems with MPI, CUDA, Kokkos, etc.
Experience working as a productive member of a team, including the demonstrated ability to develop solutions for complex problems while effectively networking with peers.
A subset of the available positions may require the ability to obtain a Q clearance. Other positions are available regardless of ability to obtain a Q clearance. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age, and U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
Notes to Applicants:
When applying on-line, please include the following files with your application:
a CV (please include month/year of PhD);
three letters of reference (may be submitted online by applicant or emailed by letter writer to CTA_recruitment@lanl.gov ;
a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in working with the CTA and how they satisfy the requirements for the position.
Optionally, a separate research statement or other supplemental files may be included if desired.
For full consideration all application materials should be submitted by November 15 th .
Inquiries should be sent to CTA_recruitment@lanl.gov .
Fellowship Opportunities: Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship or Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellowship. Outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.
For general information go to the websites for the Postdoc Program ( https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php ) or the Center For Theoretical Astrophysics ( https://ccsweb.lanl.gov/astro/index.html )
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Where You Will Work
The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) is seeking exceptional candidates for multiple postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics. The CTA employs a diverse group of professionals from across LANL organizations to deliver world-class astrophysics research and promote ties to broader laboratory missions. With over 50 staff, students, and postdocs, the CTA encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration across a wide variety of astrophysical topics, and provides a broad expertise and a strongly supportive community. The CTA is committed to creating and maintaining a supportive and inclusive environment. We express this commitment in a statement of values, available on our website https://ccsweb.lanl.gov/astro/values/cta-statement-of-values.html .
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. Los Alamos County is ranked America’s Healthiest Community in US New and World Report’s 2020 rankings. Los Alamos National Laboratory has won numerous career and diversity awards, from organizations including Family-Friendly New Mexico, Minority Engineer Magazine, STEM Workforce Diversity Magazine, the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, Careers and The Disabled Magazine, and more.
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)
For information on postdoc salaries go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-salary-guidelines.phpAppointment Type
Vacancy Name: IRC82316
Organization Name Center for Theoretical Astrophysics
The Center for Theoretical Astrophysics (CTA) is seeking exceptional candidates for multiple postdoctoral positions in computational astrophysics. With over 50 staff, students, and postdocs, the CTA encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration across a wide variety of astrophysical topics, and provides a broad expertise and a strongly supportive community.
Req ID: IRC82316
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