Plasma Physics Postdoc

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Location: Los Alamos, NEW MEXICO
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Job Title Plasma Physics Postdoc
Location Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name XCP-6/Plasma Theory And Applications
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What You Will Do

The Plasma Theory and Application Group (XCP-6) applies theoretical and computational plasma physics to model and design novel ICF/HED experiments, theoretical models, and computational algorithms.  Areas of particular interest are: inertial confinement fusion; high energy density physics; turbulence and/or perturbed plasma flows; algorithm and model development for plasma and high energy density science. This research may lead to the design, fielding, and analysis of experiments at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), and National Ignition Facility (NIF) lasers or on the Z machine pulsed power facility.  The successful candidate will be expected to continue fundamental or applied research in his/her areas of specialization as well as to support the national-security programs and mission of the Laboratory. 

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


·         A doctoral degree in physics, engineering, astrophysics, applied mathematics or a closely related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

·         Excellent written and oral communication skills

·         Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment


Desired Skills:

·         Experience running large, parallel codes in a high-performance, Unix computing environment.

·         Experience in fielding and analysis of experimental data.

·         Experience in modeling ICF/HED experiments.

·         Record of achievement in Thermonuclear burn physics, MHD, Plasma physics (theory, simulation, code development), Plasma transport and turbulence, or Kinetic plasma effects.


Education Required: PhD in physics, engineering or a closely related discipline.  Applicants typically have completed a postdoctoral appointment in a related field.

Notes to Applicants: Applicants must apply online, and must submit a CV and a comprehensive cover letter describing their qualifications and how they meet the required and desired (as appropriate) requirements for the position.

Additional Details:

Q Clearance:  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.


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  .


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 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.


X Computational Physics (XCP) Division develops multi-physics simulation codes to support national nuclear security applications--particularly the assessment of the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.


Compensation and Benefits

                    Competitive salaries

                    Flexible work schedules

                    Exercise facility free for staff use

                    Choice of comprehensive medical plans

                    Paid maternity leave, sick time

                    Paid parental leave

                    401k match (100% up to 6% + kicker)

                    Fully vested in 401k day one

                    Disability insurance


Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather, clean air and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing. The short drive to work includes stunning views of the Valles Caldera as well as the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Many employees also live in the nearby state capital, Santa Fe, which is known for world-class restaurants, art galleries, and opera.

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