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Ecosystem Functional Signatures Postdoctoral Research Associate
Los Alamos National Security in ,
Date Posted 01/14/2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

What You Will Do

We are seeking a postdoctoral research assistant who will join the Ecosystem Functional Signatures Collaboration to perform cross-cutting research for remote proliferation detection, using both computational and experimental approaches. This collaboration comprises researchers from the Safeguards Science and Technology group (NEN-1), which works to safeguard nuclear materials by developing techniques and systems for nondestructive assay of nuclear and hazardous material; the Earth System Observations group (EES-14), which performs laboratory and field-based experimental and observational biogeoscience research, data analysis and modeling; and the Statistical Sciences group (CCS-6), which develops and collaborates on the application of statistical methods across a wide range of high-impact science, technology, and engineering areas.

You will contribute to collaborative projects with a focus on shared outcomes, publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and present your work at professional conferences. The term of the appointment is two (2) years, with the option to extend to a third year depending on performance and funding availability.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting experimental R&D in physical science, engineering or environmental sciences or demonstrated experience in implementing data analytics methods in diverse datasets.

  • Record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

  • Excellent writing and communication skills, as evidenced by publications & oral presentations at conferences and the cover letter

  • Self-motivated and effective team worker


Candidates must have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in a STEM field, or will have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in computational methods such as optimization and machine learning

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

  • Ability to be innovative in leveraging skills (such as the analysis of large data sets or expertise in programming) to solve difficult technical problems.

  • Demonstrated experience in material science and/or physical characterization methods

  • Experience with vegetation, fire or crop modeling

The position does not require a security clearance. However, ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance is desirable.

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:

The application package must include a CV and a cover letter . Your cover letter should explicitly address how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired skills, if applicable. No applicant is expected to have all of the desired skills. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply. In addition to applying online, applicants may email questions to annjunghans@lanl.gov .

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: Position does not require a security clearance. However, ability to obtain and maintain a Q clearance is desirable. 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.

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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