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Computational Physics and Engineering Postdoc
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 01/12/2022
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

The XCP-4 (Continuum Models and Numerical Methods) is seeking applicants for a postdoc position to research, develop, and implement new methods in software for simulating the dynamics of materials and quasi-static solid mechanics. The successful candidate is expected to work in a team environment, perform computational engineering/physics research, enrich the capabilities of large production software, follow software engineering best-practices, publish the research in high-quality journals, and present work at international conferences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Numerical Methods

You will need Experience developing and implementing numerical methods within physics simulation software


You will need to be proficient in at least one computer language such as C++, Python, or FORTRAN


Communication skills are critical to this position. You will be expected to document the research in reports, conference proceedings, or journal papers; as well as, present the work at meetings or conferences. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.


Team work is essential to the success of our group. As such, you will need to have demonstrated the ability to function effectively in a team environment with a willingness to learn new skills and be flexible in work assignments. This includes exhibiting professional conduct in interactions with co-workers and supervisors.


This position requires the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires US citizenship.


Earned, or close to completing, a Ph.D. in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or related area.

Desired Qualifications:


It is desirable if the candidate has experience with: (a) high-order methods including finite element and discontinuous Galerkin methods, (b) direct and iterative solvers for linear systems of equations, (c) optimization methods, and (d) Lagrangian methods for modeling the dynamics of materials or quasi-static solid mechanics.


Experience creating and implementing algorithms for unstructured and curvilinear meshes

Software Engineering & Design

It is desirable if the candidate has experience using of modern software engineering practices —such as git, code review, and continuous integration systems — and possess an understanding of modern software design practices including object-oriented programming and data-oriented design.

Novel Programming

Experience with programming for novel architectures including GPUs


A thorough understanding of C+ Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a CV/resume and comprehensive cover letter addressing their qualifications and how those qualifications meet the job requirements.

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 childbirth 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

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.

Clearance: 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

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