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Computational Subsurface Hydrology Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos County, New Mexico, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Conservation science
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What You Will Do

The Computational Earth Science Group (EES-16) within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking qualified post-doctoral candidates for an immediate opening in computational subsurface hydrology. The position will focus on using discrete fracture network models to better understand subsurface systems including the long-term disposal of spent nuclear fuel and reservoir management. Los Alamos National Laboratory solves problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns, and enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

What You Need

The successful applicant will have a background in subsurface flow and transport simulations with expertise in some or all of the following: (i) computational physics model development, (ii) reactive transport, (iii) fracture/matrix interactions and/or (iv) multiphase flow simulations. This position will require motivation to succeed in an independent work environment and the communication skills to interact with a multidisciplinary, integrated team.

Minimum Job Requirements:
  • Experience in computational subsurface flow and transport modeling
  • Experience with code development
  • Publications in refereed journals and a history of successful research in collaborative team environments

Education: A Ph.D. in a STEM field is required. The candidate must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be within 5 years of completion of the Ph.D.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in Discrete Fracture network modeling
  • Proficiency in one of the following programming languages: Fortran, C, or C++
  • Experience with Python
  • Experience with using version control tools (e.g., git)
  • Experience with model and data visualization using tools such as Petrel, EarthVision, ParaView or Visit
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q clearance (which typically requires US citizenship)

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine:

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Note to Applicants:

Applicants should submit CV and cover letter outlining their experience and background as it relates to the minimum job requirements and desired skills to Los Alamos National Laboratory HR at In addition, 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. J. D. Hyman (

Initial postdoc appointments are for two years and are renewable for a third year. Outstanding candidates may be eligible for a LANL Director's Fellowship or a Distinguished Fellowship (see options/postdoctoral-research/postdoc-program/postdoc-appointment-types.php).
Where You Will Work

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory employs about 120 scientists, 40 postdocs, and many students, with expertise in various facets of Earth sciences. The successful candidate will join the interdisciplinary Computational Earth Science Group (EES-16) that includes more than 30 researchers working on strategic national and global problems related to energy and environmental security such as energy production, climate change, environmental management, carbon sequestration, and waste storage. Our research includes active collaborations with industry, universities and other national laboratories.

Located in the 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 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 childbirth 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.
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.

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