Los Alamos National Laboratory Computation Plasma Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
The T-5 Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has an opening for a postdoctoral position in computational plasma physics.
The position is on the development of spectral methods for the kinetic equations in weakly collisional plasmas, targeting problems that require coupling microscopic physics and macroscopic dynamics. Specifically, the project involves the further development of the LANL Spectral Plasma Solver (SPS) framework. Several different research directions are envisioned, including optimization of the spectral expansion, use of artificial intelligence techniques, application to exascale high-performance computing architectures, development of efficient physics-based preconditioning techniques in conjunction with novel iterative solvers, etc …The main target of the project is global magnetospheric modeling, although other space-physics applications such as the interaction of magnetospheric particle populations with plasma waves are also of interest.
Projects in the T-5 space physics team are supported by collaborations within T-5 (involving statisticians, applied mathematicians and physicists), with other groups at Los Alamos (in particular the Intelligence and Space Research, the Accelerator Operations and Technology and the Computer, Computational and Statistical Science divisions), and with other groups within the US and internationally.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Experience with coding languages such as Fortran and/or C/C++, and other software such as Matlab, python, or Julia.
Demonstrated research ability, as evidenced by publications, reports, presentations, awards, etc
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
Education/Experience : A PhD in computational/theoretical plasma physics or space physics or applied math completed within the last five years, or soon to be completed.
Experience with numerical methods and high-performance computing
Ability to work independently as well as to work effectively as a part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment and interact with people with a variety of expertise
Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take initiatives and pursue new research directions
Note to Applicants:
For full consideration, please submit (A) a cover letter describing background and relevant experience, (B) a full resume, and (C) contact information for three professional references. This appointment is valid for two years with a possible third year extension. Note that US citizenship is not a requirement.
Review of applications will begin on September 1st 2021 and until the position is filled.
For additional information, please contact Gian Luca Delzanno ( email@example.com ) or Oleksandr Koshkarov (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos.
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)
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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.
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 email@example.com or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Appointment Type
Vacancy Name: IRC88453
Organization Name T-5/Applied Mathematics And Plasma Physics
Req ID: IRC88453