Computational Earth Science Post Masters Student

Updated: about 2 months ago

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is looking for an individual with a Master’s degree in Earth Science, Physical Science, Engineering, Applied Math or a related STEM field. You will work as part of an interdisciplinary modeling and observational team to work on projects involving model or data experiments and model development related to climate change, ecosystem dynamics and renewable energy resources. You will contribute to collaborative projects with a focus on shared outcomes, and make contributions to publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences. The position would be a one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension to two years.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Research experience in the Earth Sciences

  • Experience compiling and manipulating large datasets

  • Proven ability to work independently as well as part of a team

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the proven ability to understand and present research results clearly.

Education/Experience : A Master’s Degree in a STEM field. Eligibility is limited to students who have completed a master’s degree within the past 3 years, and have not yet been accepted into another master’s program or a PhD program.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience programming in either Python, R, Fortran, Matlab, or a similar language

  • Experience with eco-hydrology field-based observations or modeling

  • Experience with remote sensing

  • Experience with energy resource modeling

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory students working on-site and students coming on-site, as well as any students coming on-site for any reason; unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law.

Note to Applicants:

Please submit your application package consisting of a CV, a cover letter that explicitly addresses how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable , and contact information for 2 references. No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. Applicants with questions may contact Kurt Solander at or Chonggang Xu at . This position qualifies for benefits (retirement, medical, vacation, sick time off, etc.). Review of applications will begin by the end of October, and we hope to fill the positions before December, although the search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.

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.

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.

No Clearance: 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.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Policy Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

For general program information refer to the Student Programs web page .

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

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Contact Details
Contact Name Sutton, Jennifer Anne
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC90617
Organization Name Earth and Environmental Sciences - Computational Earth Science
Minimum Salary
Maximum Salary
Req ID: IRC90617
Category: Student - Post Master

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