What You Will Do

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our multidisciplinary team to conduct research on the science and technology of ultrasonic/acoustic interrogation of complex structures. The aim of the project is to study the behavior of acoustic waves in complex media with localized and extended non-uniformities as well as interfaces between solids and fluids. The current fields of interest for the project are: modeling and simulation studies of ultrasonic wave propagation in such media, experimental validation of such simulation results, and development of prototype systems for diagnostics and monitoring.The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with other experimental and theoretical/computational scientists and engineers at Los Alamos, as well as on joint projects with industry.There will be extensive opportunities to work in a wide range of areas and to innovate.

Experience in structural health monitoring (SHM), non-destructive evaluation (NDE), non-invasive testing, electrical measurements, building complex experimental setups, sensor development, or modeling and simulation using common software platforms, such as COMSOL and MATLAB, will be considered as important assets.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Possess extensive hands-on experience in acoustic SHM or NDE research and development,
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently,
  • A demonstrated record of technical excellence and innovative thinking as evidenced by publication and presentation records and letters of reference,
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).

Education: Candidates must have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of the appointment and must be within the last five years of completion of the PhD, specializing in physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field.

Note to Applicants:

Please send a cover letter addressing how you meet all of the required skills when applying for the position. A current C.V. with the minimum following information/sections is also required: Educational background, degree dates, GPA with scale, name of advisor(s); Work experience; Invited presentations; Grants; Peer-Reviewed Publications; Non-peer-reviewed Publications; Talks and Poster Presentations; contact information for at least three references. Only complete applications with a cover letter and C.V. will be considered. References will not be contacted without permission from the applicant. For additional technical inquiries, contact Dr. Alp Findikoglu at findik@lanl.gov.

Additional Details

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 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)

The Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group (MPA-11), conducts basic and applied research in areas related to applied energy programs. Our goal is to provide innovative and creative solutions needed to solve technical problems across the Laboratory’s missions, including energy security, stockpile stewardship, and global threat reduction.



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