Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico

Modeling and Acoustics Postdoc

What You Will Do
Are you ready to begin a career in modeling and acoustics? The Acoustics and Sensors Team (MPA-11) is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with strong computational skills and solid background in finite element analysis.  We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join a multidisciplinary research team and contribute to the development of a new acoustic inspection technology for LANL-specific large, complex composite systems. This work involves highly integrated numerical modeling and experimental efforts.

Ongoing work in our team includes applied research for material characterization (solids, liquids, & gases), acoustical imaging, nonlinear acoustics, acoustic separation of two‐phase systems, detection of corrosion and other defects in materials, acoustically engineered materials. The work involves development of new techniques, customized instrumentation, and validation of measurements in the field. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of new sensing technologies, patents, and publications. There will be opportunities to work in a wide range of areas, to innovate, and present work to sponsors and conferences.

What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
 
Technical Background
You will need to have a strong background in one or more areas: Signal processing, Advanced data analysis, Finite Element analysis, Ultrasonic techniques, Nondestructive testing, Machine learning.

Programming
This role requires a strong background in COMSOL or other Finite Element code, and willingness to learn COMSOL. Additionally, fluency in one or more Computer Programming Languages is required (e.g., Matlab, Python, VB, C, LabView, etc.).

Research & Experimentation
You will need hands-on experience in designing and conducting experiments. Additionally, you need demonstrated experience in conducting original scientific research through peer reviewed publication record.

Clearance
For this role you must have the ability to obtain a Q clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.

Education/Experience: A PhD in Applied Physics, Engineering, Material Science or related fields, completed within the last five years or soon to be completed.

Desired Qualifications:
 
Electronics & Instruments
Knowledge of electronics and of typical laboratory test instruments, such as function generators, oscilloscopes, and piezoelectric transducers.

Flexibility
Ability to adapt to new requirements for projects and be flexible enough to learn new areas of research as needed.

Note to Applicants:

Along with applying online, you can send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Cristian Pantea, pantea@lanl.gov  (505) 665-7598 and Dr. Alan Graham, graham@lanl.gov (505) 500-2216

MPA-11 Acoustics and Sensors Team Web page: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/AcousticsAndSensorsTeam/

For more information on Postdoc program at LANL, please refer to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/index.php

Additional Details
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 applyhelp@lanl.gov 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)

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