U.S. nationals: Computational Subsurface Hydrology Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Computational Subsurface Hydrology Postdoc
Location: Los Alamos, NM, US
Organization Name: EES-16/Computational Earth Science

What You Will Do

The Computational Earth Science Group (EES-16) within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding post-doctoral candidates for an opening in computational subsurface hydrology. The position will focus on reactive transport modeling in fracture network models to better understand subsurface systems including the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel and reservoir management. The successful applicant will have a background in subsurface flow and reactive transport simulations with expertise in some or all of the following: (i) reactive transport modeling, (ii) fluid flow fracture/matrix interactions and/or (iii) multiphase flow simulations. This position will require motivation to achieve in an independent work environment and the communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team.

The successful applicant will be expected to publish results in peer-reviewed journals and present their work at national and international conferences. Los Alamos National Laboratory solves problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns, and enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience in computational subsurface flow and reactive transport modeling
  • Proficiency in one of the following programming languages: Fortran, C, or C++
  • Code development experience including use of version control (git, bitbucket)
  • Good written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Education: A Ph.D. in a STEM field, Computational Physics or Applied Mathematics is preferred.  The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in Discrete Fracture network modeling
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with model and data visualization using tools such as Petrel, EarthVision, ParaView or Visit
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance which typically requires U.S. citizenship

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 and cover letter outlining their experience and background as it relates to the minimum job requirements and desired skills to the Los Alamos National Laboratory HR at https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/jobs/index.php. In addition, please e-mail a CV with a detailed publication list, a one-page cover letter detailing research experience and qualifications for the position advertised, and names and addresses of four references to Dr. J. D. Hyman <jhyman@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.

The Computational Earth Science group, EES-16, comprises approximately 85 scientists, research technologists, postdocs, students, and scientific guests. The Group combines basic and applied research to develop novel and integrated approaches in support of LANL missions in National Security, Energy Security, and fundamental earth system science. Our work includes the development and implementation of novel computational methods; subsurface flow, fracture, and transport numerical modeling; energy- and environmental infrastructure studies; climate change resilience, hydrology and ecology studies; natural hazard analysis; wildfire analysis and modeling; and fossil energy and energy transition initiatives. Our main sponsors are Department of Energy, Intelligence Agencies, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of State, Forest Service, Department of Defense, Industry, and NASA.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.

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.  Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use  was pre-offer.

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.





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