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Los Alamos National Laboratory R&D Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 level or Scientist 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Are you looking for a career that is intellectually challenging and imbued with purpose? If the answer is “yes” we encourage you to learn more about our opening for an R&D Scientist 2/3 in our X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division.

At LANL, we solve National Security challenges through scientific excellence. X-Theoretical Design (XTD) division members are the scientific stewards of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, applying theoretical and computational physics to the performance and safety of nuclear weapons. XTD scientists also contribute their expertise to the nation’s foreign threat assessment, counter-proliferation and non-proliferation efforts through assessment of foreign devices, design of tools to address nuclear emergency response scenarios, and creation of solutions to inhibit nuclear proliferation.

In addition, XTD scientists drive cutting edge advances in astrophysics, geophysics, high energy density physics, inertial confinement fusion, chemistry, and material science. Members of XTD use multi-physics codes, running on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to create and analyze simulations of very complex systems. We work closely with many other organizations in a diverse variety of tasks, including experimental design and analysis, model development, code validation, and project leadership.

Scientist 2 ($94,100 - $155,700)

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop/demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and capability with large, multi-physics codes.

  • Apply multi-physics codes to solve problems of national security interest.

  • Contribute to one or more of these related tasks: experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.

  • Contribute to both individual and team efforts.

  • Learn and develop skills in complementary disciplines to demonstrate generalist capabilities.

  • Work with a wide variety of colleagues with varying backgrounds on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.

  • Demonstrate and maintain excellence in communication, both written and verbal.

Scientist 3 ($113,100 - $190,900)

In addition to the job duties outlined above, the Scientist 3 will be required to:

  • Contribute leadership skills to team efforts and must have the ability to lead projects.

  • Contribute to organizational knowledge level by mentoring others.

  • Continue to expand their technical knowledge.

  • Demonstrate generalist capabilities in solving problems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Technical Knowledge

You will need significant knowledge and demonstrated experience with one or more of these related tasks: running computational physics codes, experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.

Professional Integrity

You must demonstrate commitment to quality research, technical and scientific excellence, professional integrity, and personal initiative.


You must have a proven ability to work independently and in a team environment on research covering multiple physics areas in order to solve difficult problems in support of National Security.


The ability and willingness to obtain a DOE Q-clearance, which requires US citizenship.

Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 3:

Technical Knowledge

You will need thorough knowledge and experience with one or more of these related tasks, such as experimental design and analysis, model development efforts, data evaluation, and code validation.

Technical Contributions

A documented history of technical contributions to one or more of the following fields such as nuclear physics, plasma physics, fluid dynamics , astrophysics , shock physics, energetic materials, particle physics, materials science.

Technical Leadership

You must demonstrate technical leadership experience along with supervisory and/or mentoring experience.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires an advanced degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university, typically with post-doctoral research experience at a university or national lab or equivalent experience.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires an advanced degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD preferred with postdoctoral work in the following related fields: Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or Materials Science.

  • Active DOE “Q” Clearance.

  • Experience with large-scale computing.

  • Familiarity with design and analysis of nuclear weapons.

  • Experience in designing, analyzing and/or conducting experiments.

  • Knowledge and experience relative to uncertainty and/or risk analysis.

Note to Applicants: Please attach a resume and a detailed cover letter addressing all required and desired skills. Please note that without a resume, cover letter your application will not be considered.

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)

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: 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.

  • 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 472.2for additional information.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to LaboratoryPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

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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Contact Details
Contact Name Johnson, Dana Elizabeth
Email danaj@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC83443
Organization Name XTD-DO/X Theoretical Design
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Req ID: IRC83443
Category: Science