Los Alamos National Laboratory Infrasound Scientist (Scientist 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico
What You Will Do
Are you a scientist or engineer with a background in acoustics and/or geophysics and interest in seismoacoustic and specifically infrasound (sub-audible frequency acoustic waves)? The SeismoAcoustics (SA) Team in LANL’s Geophysics Group (EES-17) is looking for a creative and innovative candidate to join our team and contribute to our infrasound research. The SA team conducts seismic and acoustic research for global and national security including multiple aspects of explosion monitoring for nuclear non-proliferation as well as various scientific and civil applications. We approach these research problems using combined physical and numerical analyses, multiple computational techniques, machine learning, high performance computing, data analytics, and multi-physics datasets.
As a Scientist 3 in the Geophysics Group, you will lead, develop, and execute research projects and tasks that improve seismoacoustic capabilities relevant to Defense Nuclear Non-proliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) and similar national security applications. You will work to influence and develop program direction and demonstrate technical leadership in seismoacoustic research at LANL and mentor students, postdocs, and junior staff. The seismoacousitcs team delivers peer-reviewed publications, contribution to software and other research products, and internal reports to our DOE and other government customers. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team on topics that may include, but are not limited to the following:
Development, use, and evaluation of infrasonic signal analysis methods including array processing, signal detection, event identification and localization, and source characterization.
Development, use, and evaluation of numerical acoustic propagation tools for modeling local-, regional-, and global-scale propagation of infrasound.
Quantification of propagation-related uncertainty for infrasonic signals due to the dynamic and sparsely sampled nature of the atmosphere and investigation of methods to reduce this uncertainty in various signal analysis applications.
Theoretical and numerical investigations of seismoacoustic source physics for model development (e.g., models for blast waves produced by above-ground explosions, seismoacoustic signals generated by underground explosions, and aero-acoustic signals produced by supersonic sources).
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
A record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
Expertise in acoustics, geophysics, time-series analysis, statistics, machine learning, computational physics or a similar field relevant to the job description above.
Experience in proposal development and leadership of project teams.
Experience mentoring and working collaboratively with students, postdocs, and/or junior staff.
Ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.
Education/Experience: A Master’s Degree in Physics, Acoustics, Geophysics, Seismology, Mathematics, Data Science, or Computer Science; or other related degrees from an accredited college or university and 6 years of relevant experience. A Ph.D. is preferred.
Working knowledge of scientific computing languages such as C/C++, FORTRAN, or Python and experience contributing to collaborative software development.
Success delivering final work products to supervisors and/or sponsors.
Note to Applicants: To apply, please submit an online application including your CV and a brief cover letter that outlines your background and expertise related to seismoacoustic and infrasonic research. Please contact Philip Blom ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you have any questions about the position or our research.
This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year .
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)
The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) Division is the intellectual home of Earth, atmosphere, hydrology, and ecology disciplines at the Laboratory. Fundamental discovery science and mission-focused applications unravel poorly understood processes and support decisions of national importance. We combine multidisciplinary expertise with world-class technology to:
Develop and apply AI and machine learning methods and analytics
Provide advanced seismic imaging
Reveal climate change drivers and ecosystem impacts
Predict wildland and urban fires
Characterize and model subsurface fluid flow and geochemistry
Evaluate materials using nonlinear acoustic techniques
Provide carbon-neutral energy solutions
Improve geothermal and oil/gas energy production
Investigate and design geological storage of carbon dioxide and spent fuel
Understand nuclear and rare materials
Model, detect, and predict underground explosions and nuclear threats
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Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). 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. SeeDOE 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.
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Contact Name Sutton, Jennifer Anne
Vacancy Name: IRC89038
Organization Name EES-17/Geophysics
Minimum Salary 113100
Maximum Salary 190900
Req ID: IRC89038