Postdoc Openings in Astrophysical Fluids and Plasmas at LANL

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
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Thursday, October 7, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Organization Name: T-2/Nuclear & Particle Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Applications are invited for several immediate postdoc openings in astrophysical fluids and plasmas. We seek candidates with background in fluid dynamics, plasma physics, turbulence and transport, including disk instabilities, magnetic reconnection, magnetized compressible turbulence, and particle energization and transport. Knowledge about accretion disks around black holes and protostars, high-energy astrophysics, and gravitational wave science is highly desirable. Experiences in theoretical and computational astrophysics and plasma physics are preferred. Some of the on-going research topics are related to binary black holes in AGN disks, disk instabilities in protoplanetary disks, particle acceleration and transport in relativistic astrophysical jets and accretion disks, pulsar wind nebulae, turbulence in the solar wind (e.g., Parker Solar Probe measurements) and astrophysical environments, and the extended MHD effects on transport in high-energy density plasma conditions, turbulence and dynamo in HED plasmas. We also have several state-of-the-art simulation tools in accretion disks, plasma kinetic, MHD and hybrid simulations, along with extensive computing resources.

While we will give full consideration to all applicants, we have immediate openings for the following areas:

  1. Evolution of binary black holes in AGN disks;
  2. Gas and dust instabilities in protoplanetary disks;
  3. Particle energization and transport in high-energy astrophysical environments;
  4. Compressible magnetized turbulence in laboratory, space and astrophysics.

The successful candidates are encouraged to collaborate on the current projects carried out at LANL, and they will also be able to develop his/her own research projects. Postdocs will have many opportunities to collaborate with other researchers at LANL in astrophysics, plasma physics, and computational sciences. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third year extension.

Candidates should send their applications electronically, including a CV, a publication list, and a concise research statement (within one page) describing past achievements and future plans. Applicants should arrange three reference letters to be sent electronically as well. All material can be sent to [email protected]. Applications must be received before Oct. 15, 2021 for full consideration. The review of applications will be on-going until offers are accepted. Potential candidates are encouraged to contact us to discuss details on various projects.

The position is offered by the Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group within the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Outstanding candidates may be nominated for the Distinguished Fellowships such as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Hoffman fellows with an application deadline Oct. 15, 2021. Other postdoc fellowships include Director's Fellowship and Keller Fellowship with a deadline of Dec. 15, and the Metropolis Fellowship in Computational Physics (US citizens only) with a deadline of Dec. 15. More information can be found at:

Education:  PhD in related fields completed within the past five years or soon to be completed.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$79500.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$115000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

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)

Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 15, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, November 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
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