Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Position ID: 1782-AMPR [#10067]
Position Title: Applied Mathematics Postdoc Researcher
Position Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States
Application Deadline: finished (2017/02/15, finished 2018/08/19, listed until 2018/02/15)
Position Description:    

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IRC53175: Applied Mathematics Postdoc Researcher

What You Will Do

Come join the best and brightest minds in the world at one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. The work we do at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) matters to our country and the world.

The Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics group (T-5) is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral candidate in the field of Applied Mathematics. The research will be centered around reduce order model techniques for data assimilation (DA) applied to geophysical models and geomaterials, with both algorithmic and high performance computing development. The postdoc will work to develop new data assimilation methods that exploit advanced model reduction techniques, and implementation of DA methods to constrain physics models for a wide variety of applications including subsurface flow, fracture models, and space weather models. The successful candidate is expected to publish in high-impact journals, as well as present their research in conferences and workshops.

T-5's research focuses in numerical analysis, mathematical modeling, and plasma physics theory and modeling. Current activities in the group include research in numerical analysis and algorithm development for linear and nonlinear PDEs, plasma physics, computational physics and biophysics, methods of uncertainty quantification, and network analysis. The research in T-5 is funded by the DOE Office of Science, the nuclear weapons program, and a variety of other federal funding agencies and industrial partners, and typically involve close collaborations within and outside the Laboratory.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements

Candidates with a strong background/experience in the following areas are invited to apply:
  • Strong background of applied mathematics, computational geophysics or related area.
  • Strong background in uncertainty quantification methods (sensitivity analysis, MCMC, data assimilation, etc.), scientific computing and code development.
  • Outstanding track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills.

    Desired Skills

  • Background in data assimilation, such as 3D-Var/4D-Var
  • Dimension Reduction techniques - linear and non-linear techniques including Dynamic Mode Decomposition, Proper Orthogonal Decomposition, Principal Component Analysis, and Kernel based methods.
  • Machine learning approaches including multivariate Gaussian process emulators.
  • Strong programming background (Python, C/C++, Fortran).
  • Experience with parallel programing (MPI, OpenMP, etc.)

    Education: A Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Computational Science, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related field completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

    Postdoc Salary Guidelines: Competitive salaries start at $73,600. For more information go to

    Notes to Applicants: Initial postdoc appointments are for two years and are renewable for a third year. In addition to applying to IRC53175 online at, please e-mail 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. G. Srinivasan ( and Dr. H. Godinez Vazquez ( Outstanding candidates (with approximately 15 - 20 articles in reputable, peer-reviewed journals) may be eligible for a LANL Director's Fellowship.

    Where You Will Work

    Located in beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico, near Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

    Our diverse workforce enjoys a casual work environment focused on creative problem solving, where everyone's opinions and ideas are considered. We are committed to work-life balance and personal/professional growth. Our creative and dedicated computational professionals are our greatest asset and we take pride in cultivating their talents, supporting their efforts, and enabling their success. Together we are advancing our national security mission.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM enjoys excellent weather and outstanding public schools. This is a safe, low-crime, family-oriented community with frequent concerts and events as well as quick travel to many top ski resorts, scenic hiking trails, and mountain climbing.

    Additional Details

    No Clearance: 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.

    Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

    For general information go to

    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 regards 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 or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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