Earth & Environmental Sciences Research Scientist (Scientist 3/4)

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Vacancy Name: IRC69186


Job Title Earth & Environmental Sciences Research Scientist (Scientist 3/4)

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name EES-DO/Earth & Environmental Sciences

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3 or Scientist 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking mid-career scientists and engineers to join us in our efforts to meet the nation’s earth science, environmental science, energy development, and national security challenges. We are looking for talented, enthusiastic, mid-career individuals who can contribute to existing projects and help develop innovative solutions for challenges requiring expertise in the following science areas:

Atmospheric Science: Scientists/engineers with expertise in atmospheric chemistry, aerosol and trace gas measurement, or boundary layer and surface exchange processes under the influences of complex terrain. Experience in the development and implementation of atmospheric models on high-performance-computing platforms is a plus.

Geochemistry: Scientists/engineers with expertise in aqueous, isotope, and radionuclide geochemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates who utilize multidisciplinary techniques to solve complex problems and who combine field and/or laboratory-scale experiments with geochemical modeling.

Geomechanics: Scientists/engineers with expertise in experimental and/or theoretical development and implementation of constitutive material relationships with an emphasis on geomechanical and geodynamic applications. We are seeking applicants with a background in fossil energy, earthquake, and/or explosives source applications and are interested in experience with up-scaling of material properties into numerical modeling codes and reduced-order representation of surface geology.

Geophysics: Scientists/engineers with expertise in seismology, induced seismicity, microseismic event analysis, material characterization using acoustic methods, or event and process identification with non-seismic methods such as potential fields, infrasound, and other techniques. Experience is sought in theoretical development, modeling, laboratory experiments, and data analysis, to be applied to a variety of energy and national security problems and to develop new methods of nondestructive evaluation.

Subsurface Flow and Transport Modeling: Scientists/engineers with expertise in the development and application of numerical models and methods relating to subsurface flow and transport processes in porous and fractured media. In addition to modeling physics and chemistry, we are interested in candidates with expertise is data integration, parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification, machine learning, and decision analysis applied to flow and transport modeling.

*Learn more about the Earth & Environmental Sciences team and the work we do: *

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Scientist 3 Level ($98,900-$165,100)

  • Demonstrated record of scientific excellence and achievement as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Demonstrated record of developing proposals and funding through a variety of sources

  • Demonstrated success delivering final work products of value to sponsors

  • Demonstrated experience in leading projects and coordinating the work of others (such as students, postdocs, and technicians)

Scientist 4 Level ($119,700-$201,700)

Scientist 3 minimum requirements and:

  • Recognized authority or national leader in their science area

  • Demonstrated experience in leading projects and coordinating the work of others (including other scientists and engineers)

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working with DOE and/or DOD as a sponsor

  • Experience working on a multi-institutional team

  • Experience building and leading in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Experience working in a U.S. National Laboratory environment

  • Active DOE Q clearance desirable

Scientist 3 Education Required: We are looking for professionals with at least five years or more work experience beyond Ph.D. or an equivalent of education and work experience.

Scientist 4 Education Required: We are looking for professionals with at least ten years or more work experience beyond Ph.D. or an equivalent of education and work experience.

Notes to Applicants:

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that outlines their background and experience related to at least one specific EES science area. For more information about Los Alamos, please visit or contact the hiring manager, Carl Gable ([email protected]).

Additional Details:

Clearance:Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • 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.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 regards 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 protected] or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in 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.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division is a multi-program research organization with core capabilities in Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geomaterials, Geography, Hydrology, Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Acoustics, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Computational Science, and Geotechnical Engineering. Cross-cutting capabilities and facilities span the needs for laboratory experimentation, field deployments, computing, and data analytics. Capabilities in the Division are organized into groups, which consist of scientists, postdoctoral researchers, technicians, administrators, and students. Most programs within the Division feature multi-discipline teams organized to solve complex problems of national importance.

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Name Broge, Margaret Ann

Email [email protected]

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Req ID: IRC69186

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