What You Will Do
The Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) division leads a variety of civilian and defense-related programs sponsored by NASA, DOE, DOD and other US agencies ( space.lanl.gov ). In support of these missions, we develop space-based charged particle, x-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron detectors to measure natural and artificial radiation in space. We additionally to monitor the space radiation environment for space and ground asset predictive warnings. We have an international reputation in the data analysis, simulation, and modeling of the natural space environment.
ISR-1 is engaged in a number of pioneering basic-science missions which include:
Magnetospheric and heliospheric physics
Space situational awareness
These studies greatly enhance our research and contribute to our technological base. ISR-1 capabilities extend from mission concept to design and calibration, data analysis, simulation and modeling. ISR Division currently leads instruments on NASA’s IMAP, IBEX, BeamPIE, Nachos and ACE missions and the Mars Curiosity and Perseverance rovers. ISR also flies energetic particle and x-ray sensors on all GPS satellites.
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a team-based collaborative, technical research environment. Your skills and ideas will be applied to specific project goals with guidance from senior staff. Our postdocs are key collaborators in the development of innovative solutions to important technical challenges and in implementing new technology. You will also be encouraged to present research and write internal and external publications.
The LANL Postdoctoral Program is a pipeline for hiring technical staff at the Laboratory, many of whom first joined LANL as postdocs.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Research & Collaboration
Demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research and working effectively on multi-disciplinary teams.
Good interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Requires a Ph.D. in a field relevant to Space Science, completed within the past five years, or soon to be completed. Examples include but are not limited to degrees in: physics or engineering, space science, astrophysics, etc.
Experience or expertise in any of the following areas:
Data analysis from past or current magnetospheric, planetary, or heliospheric missions
Modeling of magnetospheres, natural and man-made radiation belts, space weather, or heliospheric environments
Design and development of advanced space instruments for the detection of space plasmas, energetic particles, or neutral particles
Work in instrument calibration facilities, atomic beam lines, or plasma generators
Special Note to Applicants:
Along with your resume and transcript, please include a detailed cover letter describing your research interests and explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
Position does not require a security clearance or U.S. citizenship. Candidates who have the ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance will have more opportunities. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age and is required to have U.S. citizenship except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
Appointments are for two years, renewable for a third year. Competitive salaries are based on the date the PhD degree requirements were completed or the degree was awarded. On the anniversary of these dates, salaries are automatically adjusted to the next higher level. For more information see our Postdoc Salary Guidelines, https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-salary-guidelines.php
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.
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)
Vacancy Name: IRC81899
Organization Name ISR-1/Space Science & Applications
Req ID: IRC81899