Static High Pressure Graduate Student

Updated: 5 months ago

Vacancy Name: IRC75316


Job Title Static High Pressure Graduate Student

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name M-9/Shock and Detonation Physics

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What You Will Do

The Static High Pressure Team within the Shock & Detonation Physics Group (M-9) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has an immediate opening for a post-baccalaureate or post-master’s student.

The position will focus on the development of techniques for measurements performed in a Paris-Edinburgh cell and the application of these techniques to study materials of interest at LANL. Some of these techniques include electrical and thermal conductivity and transport measurements, X-ray tomography, and advanced ultrasound measurements.

Significant travel (1 week/month on average) is required, since the majority of experiments are conducted off-site.

Applicants should submit a CV and a detailed cover letter addressing all of the required qualifications and desired skills.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s (Master’s preferred) degree in Physics, Geology, Mechanical Engineering or a closely-related field earned within 3 years of the anticipated start date

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and productively with minimal supervision

  • Good interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, and experience interacting with personnel at all levels.

  • Ability to explain and present technical information, both verbally and in written form, to an audience with varied technical backgrounds.

  • Ability to obtain a US Department of Energy (DoE) Q Clearance, which typically requires US citizenship

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with high pressure experimental platforms, particularly large volume press (LVP), e.g. Paris-Edinburgh and/or multi-anvil press.

  • Experience with standard machining equipment such as mills and lathes.

  • Experience with common data acquisition tools: LabVIEW, oscilloscopes, precision voltage current source instruments, detectors, etc.

  • Experience with programming (e.g. in MATLAB or Python) for scientific data analysis, particularly ultrasound time-of-flight and X-ray diffraction data sets.

  • Active DoE Q clearance (or the equivalent)

Notes to Applicants:

This appointment will be for a period of one year with the potential to renew for a second year contingent upon progress and funding availability.

Additional Details:

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: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

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 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.

Explosive Science and Shock Physics (M) Division is responsible for current and evolving explosive science and shock physics efforts. We support National Security through the application of energetic materials and our static and dynamic compression science capability for understanding material response at extreme conditions to address conventional, nuclear, and homeland defense needs.

M-9, the Shock and Detonation Physics Group, delivers precision data, advanced diagnostics, and high-fidelity models for dynamic properties of energetic and inert materials to Los Alamos National Laboratory and the nation. Among the group’s technical competencies are detonation theory, model development and supporting experimentation; dynamic and shock response of a broad range of materials, including studies at national user facilities; shockwave compression of organic matter and shock-induced chemistry; static high-pressure science; and ultrafast shock and chemical dynamics studies. The Group is currently in the process of a significant upgrade to experimental research capability, the Dynamic Equation of State (DEOS) facility for gas gun colocation.

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Contact Name Stults, Diane M


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Req ID: IRC75316

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