Lightning Science Post-Masters Student

Updated: 3 months ago

What You Will Do

We are seeking a highly motivated and learning focused Post-Masters Student to join our team!

The Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designing, building, and operating highly innovative ground, air and space-based measurement and detection systems for nearly 60 years. We solve some of the most challenging scientific and national security problems facing the world today. Our interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technicians, and scientists work, learn, and succeed through a highly creative and dynamic R&D environment. We build, fly, operate, and analyze data from measurement systems deployed to space for verification of international nuclear treaties, and develop innovative sensors and ground, airborne and space hardware/software systems for basic scientific missions, nuclear nonproliferation, space situational awareness and remote sensing. In addition, we lead experiments on NASA missions, including the Curiosity and Perseverance Mars Rovers, Van Allen Probes, and IBEX.

The selected candidate will be expected to contribute in one or more of the following areas:

  • Research and development in one of the group’s primary disciplines, including lightning science, ionospheric physics, and ground or space-based radio frequency or optical remote sensing

  • Development of signal processing and analysis techniques for radio frequency or optical remote sensing data

  • Modeling of source physics, signal propagation, or sensor performance

  • Design and execution of scientific experiments

  • Analysis and visualization of large datasets

This is a 2-year limited term appointment, with the option to convert to a permanent staff member depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Analysis Methods:

Experience in scientific data analysis, preferably in a field related to lightning science. Experience with one or more advanced mathematical analysis methods, such as time series analysis, inverse problems, advanced statistical methods, and machine learning


Experience with scientific computing and demonstrable knowledge of one or more scientific programming languages (especially Python, MATLAB, or IDL)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of recent innovation through publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or contributions to major reports

  • Enthusiasm for new science

  • The ability to work through problems using innovation/creative problem solving


Master’s degree in geology, chemistry, or closely-related field that has been completed within the past 3 years--with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent--and have not been accepted into another master’s or PhD. Program

Notes to Applicants:

For consideration, please submit a current transcript, cover letter, and resume along with application.

This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Where You Will Work

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. 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

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. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • 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.

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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Wilson, Amber
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC87833
Organization Name ISR-2/Space and Remote Sensing
Minimum Salary
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Req ID: IRC87833
Category: Student - Post Master

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